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Résumé Hack #2: The Myth of the One-Page Résumé

Updated: Jan 16, 2023

Obviously, there is a lot of advice people give you about writing a good résumé--that's why you're reading this. But the old myth about writing a one-page résumé as a one-size-fits-all approach to getting an interview, doesn't actually fit all.

Of course you don't want to write an autobiography, but you also don't want to omit important details about your work history for the sake of sticking to one page, particularly if you have up to 15 years of professional experience in your field.

Cheat Code: You should stick to no more than 10 to 15 years of experience on your résumé.

Résumés are not abut quantity, they're about quality. The competition in this job market is fierce and companies are looking for top talent. While it's true, HR recruiters scan through most résumés looking for the minimum requirements for a position, hiring managers are interested in much more than that. For most experienced professionals with more than 10 years of experience, squeezing their experience on one page may prove to be a challenge.

Be concise, but be thorough, highlighting your key accomplishments. Let that be the driver when you're writing your résumé

By all means, if you can fit your work experience on one page, try to make that happen. But remember, your résumé is an opportunity to brag about your accomplishments and give hiring managers a dynamic view of who you are as a professional and what you can do for their company.

Fun Fact: For those with a career in academia, résumés can be much longer, sometimes up to eight pages!

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