This is a follow up to the first article in this series, titled:
This series follows tips and advice presented in a recent article posted by Alison Green on Yahoo! Finance through U.S. News and World Report, where Green discussed 10 outdated pieces of career information to ignore.
Green makes a great point when she says that job-search advice that worked a decade or more ago isn’t always effective today. In fact, she added, some of it can hurt your chances.
It’s a great article that deals with many scenarios today’s job seeker faced yesterday – that may not apply today. In the second of this 10-part series, Get a Job Fast blogger Matt Krumrie takes Green’s point and provides additional insight and analysis.
Here is part two:
Your resume can only be one page. At some point in the past, resumes were supposed to be limited to one page. But times have changed, and two-page resumes are common now. People with only a few years of experience should still stick to one page, but two pages are fine for everyone else.
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This goes back to the era where people were making one page resumes to quickly hand to an employer at a job fair, a chance meeting in an elevator or when resumes were faxed or sent via snail mail. Seems so long ago, doesn’t it?
Once again, Green is right on in her analysis. When is the last time anyone mailed a resume? If so, I bet the recruiter never read it. Why? Most resumes today are sent through email or through a company form or applicant tracking system.
However, the main reason really is, if you have information on a resume that takes two or three pages to best present you, go for it. When I write resumes I try to keep it to two pages, but have created executive resumes that are three pages long. At the same time, I still complete entry-level resumes who are only one page.
It’s the content of your resume that’s important – not the length. Pack your resume with results-oriented language, accomplishments and proof you are the best person for the job and it won’t matter if it’s one, two or three pages. Employers judge on achievement, results and best possible fit for the company. Not the length of a resume.
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