The One-Page Resume Myth

The One-Page Resume Myth

Should you limit your resume to one page?

The simple answer is, “it depends.” The one-page resume myth says that all resumes should be limited to one page because hiring managers won’t read past one page. That’s not entirely accurate.

The six-second test – keep your resume out of the trash

Ethics complaint against Scottsdale mayor, council members, goes ...It is true that employers spend a very limited amount of time with each resume. The six-second test says that a hiring manager will glance at your resume for 6-10 seconds before deciding if they like you enough to keep reading. If that 6-10 second window doesn’t pique their interest, your resume is placed in File 13.

How do you pas the six-second test? There are a couple of things you can do:

              1. Give your resume to a friend. Don’t tell them what job you’re seeking. Let them read it and tell you what job you’re seeking. If the can do so within 6 seconds, then you have a chance. If they can tell you the job and at least one thing that will make you valuable to that job, then you’re definitely on the right track.
              2. Let a professional resume service off you a free critique.

The rules about how many pages you can use for your resume

  1. Do you have 10 or more years’ experience? Use that 2nd page…you’ve earned it. 
  2. Are you a college grad or have less than 10 years’ experience? Keep it on one page.
  3. If you have 3 or more pages, you have some editing to do. The only time we recommend using the 3rd page is if you are an executive or if you’ve participated in a lot of research that’s led to publications and/or presentations. 

Remember, your resume isn’t a collection of life’s events. It’s a targeted marketing document. And, anything that doesn’t make the cut to the resume could make great talking points at the interview.