The following article will inform you on how many pages your resume should be.
You are the top professional in your field, and you have done many big achievements. To write all the amazing information about your career, you end up writing a five-page resume. Your thought process is you have so much great content about your career; you can justify having a long resume because you are sure everyone wants to learn more about your amazing background.
Despite your amazing background when you submit your long resume no recruiter calls you back. How could it be possible that a professional at the top of their game does not get callbacks? The answer is simply the length of the resume. In the job seeker’s quest to add lots of information they have created a situation where instead of drawing positive attention to their resume, they have lost potential audience from hiring managers.
Recruiters and Hiring Managers are Busy!
Most hiring managers and recruiters have busy jobs, and they have little time to look at every detail of the resumes they see. Think of this stat that the average recruiter has 55 open jobs and on average, 55 applications pure job. So, at any given time a recruiter has 3,025 resumes to look through at any given time. Knowing that stat do you think it would be possible for a recruiter to read a long resume?
Also, think of a hiring manager who on top of their busy management duties of running a department they have the added responsibility of hiring staff. Hiring managers have to squeeze in the needed time to review a resume, and most will not have the time to read through long resumes?
The 6-second rule of Resumes
Yes, job seekers, there is a 6-second rule that a recruiter and hiring manager will only take 6 seconds to look at your resume. As mentioned above, recruiters and hiring managers are quite busy and on average will only take 6 seconds to look at your resume.
The truth is most recruiters and hiring managers will stop on page 1 and other than looking for gaps in your resume and education rarely look in detail at the last few pages of a resume. So, your attempts to impress a recruiter and hiring manager with a long resume in most cases is a waste of time!
Understanding that there is unspoken etiquette
There is unspoken etiquette when it comes to resume length, and if you deviate from this norm, your resume stands out negatively, and your job prospects decrease. This article will give you more information on resume etiquette and mistakes.
Quality over Quantity resumes
Many job seekers make a mistake and thinking that they can impress a recruiter or hiring manager with a long resume believing this will give them the edge over other job seekers. Instead of focusing on the quality the emphasis on the quality backfires as their actual content does not impress both recruiters and hiring managers.
Think of ads you see online that grab your attention. They are usually short and written well that draw you in quickly. Resumes are similar to this as you have to be able to describe your background in short but descriptive ways to draw an audience without boring them. In some ways, this is also very similar to the old classified ads where an individual was limited to the number of words they could write.
Now that you understand the importance of why resumes can’t be long or deviate from resume etiquette the following information bellow with go into detail on how many pages a resume should be for your level of years of experience you have. As well it will describe what professions can have long resumes. It will also explain in detail the reason you should stick to the resume page number recommended.
Individuals with less than five years of experience
In most circumstances, a job seeker with less than five years of experience should only have a resume with one page. At this stage in your career, you are ever a new grad, or you are at the intermediate experience level in your career.
For new grads, there is no justification to think that a long resume of more than 1 page will be beneficial to you in getting you a job. At this stage, they should be more inclined to focus on resume content and less on creating a long-winded resume. Your focus should be on your education and any relevant internship or part-time job experience.
For jobseekers with 1 to 5 years of experience, they may feel that their years of experience can justify a resume length of more than 1 page, but again the recommendation is to keep to 1 page. At this stage in your career, the focus should be on showing content that can justify promotions. In your 1 page resume, you have to ensure that all your content is valuable, and you do not waste space.
Individuals with five or more years of experience
For individuals with five or more years of experience, you can have a 2 page resume.
At this stage in your career, you can have the content to justify 2 pages in your resume. At the same time, it still would be better to keep to 1 page if you do not have the quality of the content to justify 2 pages. Again it is better to have quality over quantity.
Job seekers that still want to go past the 2 pages on their resume would still not be the recommendation as again you will deviate from resume etiquette, and most hiring managers will not read the extra content.
When can you go past 2 pages on a resume?
The following professions can justify having a resume past 2 pages
Executives have lots of content in their careers, and it is one of the few times stake holders such as hiring managers, recruiters will read a long resume due to the level of the role. For executives, I would recommend 2-3 pages and not more.
To apply for many academic roles you need a resume that includes articles and publications that you have written as well as a detailed resume. For some academic roles, a long resume of even up to 5 Pages is possible. It is best to understand the academic institution you are applying to before creating your resume.
Scientific Research Resumes
Similar to academic resumes, the scientific resume can be longer than 2 pages as in many cases there are links to patents and papers written by the professional.
Some government jobs require a long application that require a resume to be over 2 pages. It is best to understand the government institution you are applying to before creating your resume.
By following the recommendation of this article of keeping your resume to the proper length, you will increase your chance of landing a job.