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Does my resume need to be one page?

NO. This fake rule bugs me as much as “No White after Labor Day.” Quit playing mind games with us, fashion bloggers. It is true that the strongest resumes tend to be one page, but don’t need to be, and longer resumes don’t deserve the stigma.

There are two reasons one-page resumes dominate. The first is job stability. The fewer jobs held, the shorter the resume. The second is brevity, and because you can’t change your job history now, let’s focus on that.

Most everyone – lawyers, CEOs, paralegals, EVERYONE – can limit their work history to one page. Why? Good writers are concise. Their resumes are compelling, easy to read, and get to the point. And by God, hiring managers want you to get to the point. Sloppy writers don’t filter. They repeat the same bullet points in multiple jobs, use passive voice and inconsistent verb tense, and digress about past responsibilities or positions that are unrelated to the job for which they are applying.

Your resume can exceed one page if you have multiple degrees or experience that spans several industries or decades. Non-traditional formatting can also validate two or more pages. So long as your writing is tight, no one cares.

If you are still in doubt, your resume is probably too long. Ask a professional (hi, that’s me) to review your resume before you submit it anywhere.

“The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.” – Thomas Jefferson

Exercise: Every time you write, whether it’s a cover letter or a text to your mom, try to see how few words you can use. Just this morning my husband wrote a love letter in two words: Donuts downstairs.