Job Search Myth: The One Page Resume

November 7th, 2013 | Articles, Job Search, Resume | No Comments »

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Myths are persistent little buggers that are hard to squash. These tall tales often masquerade as “real” experiences, making them difficult to disprove. Job search myths can be particularly damaging as you run the risk of not landing your dream job by falling victim to a misconception. Here’s one myth that’s worth reviewing.

Myth: Limiting Your Resume to One Page

You’ve probably heard this claim before: “Keep your resume down to a single page! Hiring managers rarely read over the entire thing anyway…” People often use the veracity of the 6 second rule (where hiring managers only glance over resumes for a handful of seconds before moving on to the next candidate) to campaign for this job search myth. Therefore, you should cram all of your skills, work experience, education, goals, major accomplishments, certifications, and contact information onto a single page for quick reading.

While the six second rule has been verified by many a hiring manager, the one page resume is a myth that isn’t a definitive truth. Unless you are a recent graduate with little or no work experience, you have the freedom to go beyond that first page to present your worth to a company. Limiting your years of experience to a single page will only yield one of two possibilities:

The first is that you will leave out notable bits of information (jobs, accomplishments, etc.) that could make you more valuable to the employer, all the while creating employment gaps that will hurt your appearance as a possible candidate.

The second possibility is that you will end up with an over-cramped single page resume that is a headache for hiring managers. No one wants to break out a magnifying glass to decipher a 5-point font resume that is suffocating due to lack of white space. Your resume will become a victim of the 0 second rule as it makes its way directly into the trash.

Take Advantage of That Second Page

The second page can open your resume up and allow you to showcase your skills properly. Just make sure that everything you put on the resume serves the purpose of demonstrating why you should get the job. Filling the pages with useless information will distract the hiring manager’s eyes from the skills that could earn you an interview.

By Kevin Withers

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