Job Applications: Quick Tip #3

Quick Tip #3 How long should a resume be?

Unfortunately, there is no right answer. Every industry has their own expectations for length and format, which means applicants must do their research before they apply. However, if you are a young professional—less than 10 years of work experience—the suggested length is 1 page. The 1-page rule is recommended because it prevents the applicant from including irrelevant information that will distract the reviewer. For example, the hiring manager (HM) doesn’t need to know you worked at an ice cream shop in high school if in college you held 4 internships while also working at your local bookstore. Likewise, if you’re already in the workforce, the HM doesn’t need to know you worked at a bookstore if you already have applicable experience for the job posting. Therefore, organize your resume to include only information pertinent to the job application, which will help your resume stay within the recommended 1-page limit.

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