Resume question

Amy - posted on 06/01/2012 ( 13 moms have responded )

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I'm updating my resume and I've always been taught that it should fit onto one page, yet it the past people have handed me resumes that are two pages. Should I just delete one of my previous positions or go onto a second page? If I go onto a second page is it ok if it's not a whole page?

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Jeri Hird - posted on 06/04/2012

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Hi Amy,
I am a Certified Professional Resume Writer. The advice you have so far is good EXCEPT for placing your name and contact information into the header. If the employer uses an Applicant Tracking System, your resume will be thrown out because the software does not read information in the header or footer.

As others have said, relevance is the key. Unless specified in the job posting, there is no right length for a resume. Be concise without omitting relevant information. In general, go back no further than 10 years. Use a summary at the beginning to highlight your unique selling proposition. Showcase achievements relevant to your prospective employer's world.

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Kaitlin - posted on 06/01/2012

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It kind of depends on the job you are applying for. If it is a high paying, higher up, go for one page. They won't be impressed with more stuff. Keep the descriptions limited, you don't need to write exactly what you did every day. Having three or four items on your resume that fit perfectly into what you are applying for will be more impressive than six items that are just work experience.

Katherine - posted on 06/01/2012

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I always have 2 pages......I have a lot on my resume that conforms to the job that I'm interviewing for......

Felicity - posted on 06/01/2012

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Hi Amy, I believe 2 pages is fine, especially if your previous work is relevant to your new position you are applying for. As your resume is the first impression the reader has of you and competition can be tough, don't sell yourself short by leaving out jobs and skills which potential employers might be looking for

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Michelle - posted on 06/29/2012

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I've been in a position to review and hire people and honestly I don't read the entire resume...unless I'm extremely interested in applicant....I would keep it to one page use good resume paper for your interviews and make sure your spelling is correct.

Sophie - posted on 06/27/2012

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I was told that it is extremely important to keep your resume to one page. Most recruiters will literally spend less than a minute per resume, looking over the first page anyways (and basically the important things) so make sure they get to see what you want them to see!

Shirley - posted on 06/05/2012

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Yes.it's okay, you must appear that you have experience on paper, in order to get a call for.an interview.

Tiffany - posted on 06/04/2012

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As others have said, 1–2 pages is appropriate, as it just depends on how concise you can be and how you can show them what you can do to benefit the store/company. To eliminate space, you can even put your name and contact info (2–3 lines) as a header, rather than main text. Here's a link that you might find interesting.

http://www.businessinsider.com/heres-wha...

Good luck with your job hunt!

Shelley-Ann - posted on 06/03/2012

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It's really difficult to keep your resume to one page when you're listing achievements and accomplishments, plus qualifications. Once you're past 10 years working this is like an impossible task. My resume is 3 pages. For me, the key to keeping my resume at the top of the pile is to think about what I want the resume to do for me. The purpose of a resume is to ensure that you're shortlisted for the interview and for the job. The only way to really do this is to estimate what the people reading the resume want to see, want to know.. which is how you can help them, solve their problems, make them money, make them look good. How do you do that? By showing them what you've done for others, phrased in a way that they believe you can do it for them too. I couldn't do that in one page.

Aimee - posted on 06/02/2012

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Since the job responsibilities were similar in your past positions, make sure you highlight achievements and accomplishments, not day-to-day tasks. If they're looking for a store manager, and you have direct experience, they want to know how you will succeed and lead.

Ginger - posted on 06/02/2012

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Well, it depends. If the job that fits on the second page is vital experience to the current positions you are applying for, then you may want to include it. Some jobs are only looking at the last 4 jobs you have had and others take the last 7-10 years into consideration. If you feel the position is not related to the position you are applying for than go ahead and leave it off to make the applicable experience pop more. Just make sure it reads well and highlights what you can do.

Amy - posted on 06/01/2012

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Thanks ladies, I work as a retail manager so my job is pretty much the same at every company so I managed to get it on one page.

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