Does Your Resume Have to Be Under One Page?

resume under one page

It’s simply not possible to fit all my experience on one page!

The rule of one-page resumes has been dead for a while. The best candidates stick to two pages as strong candidates know how to present their background and accomplishments concisely, drilling down their experience down to what matters most.

Now that every organization utilizes Application Tracking Systems (ATS) to scan and review resumes, it’s unnecessary to trim down your resume to one page. ATS analyze your resume to ensure they are relevant to the position. No hiring manager will see a resume without it being filtered through an ATS. And guess what? There are no features that weed out resumes over one page, so don’t be skeptical to go over a single page.

You don’t need every single detail

As you grow in your career, you will find that working experiences and skill sets on your resume that were once relevant, aren’t anymore. If you have been in your career for a few years, then it is unnecessary to list every single duty or responsibility you’ve had.

Also, there is no reason for your resume to go into detail about things you did 15 – 20 years ago.

Be strategic with keywords keeping it concise and quantifying your achievements. Your resume should be a high-level overview of your accomplishments and qualifications.

Here are a few tips for crafting a concise, yet effective resume:

  • Bring the most relevant information to the forefront, creating a strong impact on the top half of the first page
  • Use short sentences
  • Brief lists with bullet points
  • Use good organizational strategies
  • Quantify your achievements. If you increased productivity by 30 percent, highlight how you did so with a statement

Formatting

Also, use the same font (readable type) no smaller than 10.5. All resumes beyond one page should be numbered, and don’t forget to include your name and contact information at the top!

The simpler the format  is, the easier it is for an ATS to scan it. If an ATS struggles to scan your resume, it will probably never reach the desk of the hiring manager.