[Q&A] How Long a Resume should be in 2021
We can assume that you have already tried to surf the web in order to find the right answer on the frequently asked question about how long a professional resume 2021 should be. It’s not a secret that most resources will guide you to keep your resume under one page. Even though they will offer you use already created one-page resume templates, which were crafted especially for such cases. But today we’re not going to recommend specific resume examples or resume formats. We’re going to deep into some details to let you decide how long a resume should be and why.
One, Two, Three pages?
Why is a one-page resume so popular every candidate is trying to tight content to place it into one page? First of all, this is due to some important reasons.
The first reason – hiring managers are busy people and they don’t have enough time to read two or more pages of your long resume. (but there are some exceptions from rules)
The second reason. The less place you have to represent yourself, the more interesting and valuable information you’re going to include (also known as “three sentences test”)
The third reason. Easy to read and match everything together, when everything is placed on one page.
However, there are some exceptions, despite the fact that we recommend using a one-page resume format to most of our candidates. The exception relates to candidates, who are going to apply to government positions. Another exception is the federal resume, where you can’t limit it to one page, because of special requirements. And last, but not least – you are an experienced candidate and all the information you’d like to should to a hiring manager is only bring additional value to your positions.
Keep it concise and optimized
You need to remember that hiring managers have up to 6 seconds to make a decision while scanning your resume. The less trash your resume includes, the more chances you have to catch hiring managers to read a resume more deeply and attentively. Below you could see some resume optimization lifehacks, which would enrich a resume with more valuable content.
Useful hints on how to make your resume content valuable:
- Do not copy-paste all the responsibilities from one job to another. Instead of doing that, try to provide numbers or quantify achievements. It could help you to optimize free space and bring hiring managers what they want to get.
- Exclude useless sections or information like: hobbies or everything related to that (recruiters really do not care about them), first job or position you obtained, college achievements or awards…
- Company descriptions. Most candidates are adding a few sentences about their previous places of work, describing the main activities of each company.
- Filler words like “like”, “alike”, “something like”, etc.
Content OVER amount
Writing a resume, try to use an approach when you concentrate all your efforts on adding the most valuable information to your resume. There is no need to write a two or three-page resume if there is no catchy information for a hiring manager. Who is going to read a resume, which is vague by some useless information?
We do recommend to look at this from another side. We have already shared a post, writing about all the benefits of writing a targeted resume in 2021. We have already explained why it’s not only a new trend in resume writing but one of the most conversion resume format.
Two pages resume is still ok?
We do not want to limit you using two or more pages crafting an outstanding resume. We only want you to include the most relevant and interesting to read for recruiter information. If you have enough valuable content to place it on the second page of your resume – you should do that.
Most executive candidates use two-page or even three pages to overwrite their experience and achievements. Hence, they are showing their achievements and experience, exactly what hiring managers would like to get from candidates who applied for executive positions.