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Appropriate Length of Resume

Candidates are often sceptical about the length of the resume.

The length of your resume depends – on how much experience you have and what level candidate you are. A Fresher’s Resume at an entry level, one pager is plenty. For a more experienced candidate a longer resume is accepted but a maximum of two is appt.

Resume Length TipsDavid Adams, Vice President of Learning and Development of Adecco Group North America: States that the length of your resume depends on the kind of Job you are applying and the number of years of experience one possess.

Some general guidelines are:1. Freshers or Entry level applicants:
Entry level job seekers or those transitioning between career fields should stick to a one page resume.

2. Mid-level applicants:Candidates with around five to ten years of experience or anyone whose field requires technical or engineering skills, a two-page resume is commonly acceptable.

  • It allows enough space to include all of the pertinent information in a readable manner
  • Make sure that at least three-quarters, of the second page with relevant and helpful information is utilised so that the recruiter's attention is not drawn to the blank space on the second page.
  • Arrange the information you want to provide in a systematic manner.
  • Avoid a tabular format to provide Education and Technical Qualifications

3. Senior-level applicants:
Executives or senior-level managers with a long list of accomplishments in their field – or those in an academic or scientific field whose experience includes a number of publications, licenses or patents – are the people who need to be circulating a resume that is three pages or longer. This allows the details can be spaciously accommodated.

When a multiple-page resume is appropriate, an addendum can be used after page two. This allows job seekers the option of including the full document depending on the requirements of the job.

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