As an experienced job applicant or a first time job seeker, the question of how long your resume or CV should be will always be on your mind. You will also battle with thoughts of whether there is any basic guideline to follow regarding the number of pages for a resume or, if you have lots of information to communicate, whether the resume can be extended to more than one page.
Both recruiters and employers themselves have come to a common agreement that the resume length itself does not matter.What matters is the relevance of your content , honestly and neatly expressed without typos. The content should be impressive or at least indicative of potential.
What the Employers Expect
Since there is no set standard for how many pages your resume should exactly have, no attentive, discerning employer will judge you by a specific, set number of CV pages. Instead, the employer expects to see content that could be termed as verifiable, well-organized, honest information, impressive achievements, and positive character traits reflected in the CV as well as the clarity and professionalism of the writing.
Attention should be paid to companies or employers who specifically demand job applicants’ resume to not exceed a specified limit.
Attract the Attention of Employers
It is imperative to know that employers never immediately read the entire resume. They look it over for interesting details. If they find it, they go on reading.
So the key thing is not how big or small you resume is but rather it’s power to attract the employer’s attention as fast and quickly as possible. Anything else presented therein will ony be of value thereafter.
How Much Is Enough
That depends. If you have tons of it, select only the best and most relevant information.
If you have little to no experience, try to stretch it so it still appears decent and honest but not faked.The number of pages is not as important as the relevance of your content and it’s presentation.
Remember – The amount of information depends on the position you are seeking, your work history and any application guidelines the company will issue in the job description. In the end, whatever goes in, must be well-organized, verifiable and relevant.
Again, for many professionals one page resume length is too short – The blanket is too short for them.Therefore, if you have many years of professional experience, plus you are a good fit for the position, you’re not expected to write it all in one page.
If you have less professional experience under your belt, give related information. Information that does not immediately appear to be relevant to the job can often be formulated so that it does.
However, do not fill your resume with irrelevant bits and pieces just because you think it is too short – this will stand out albeit for the wrong reasons.
An inexperienced honest applicant will always be preferred to an inexperienced applicant who pads out his/her resume.