How Long Should A Resume Be?

December 31, 2014 by  
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It’s a question many people ask themselves when they are starting to write a new resume. It’s actually not an easy question to answer at all. There are a number of factors that have to be considered that allow you to determine how long your resume must be.


Customize Your Resume

The first consideration is the breadth of your experience. For example if you have been a manager in a number of companies for more than 10 years, then a two page resume is a good idea.

However, if you haven’t been in your desired field for at least 5 years, you should only have a resume with one page.

The second element is the job position itself. For example a resume for a truck driver can actually be the same length as a sales person.

You may ask why? Because each might have 10 to 30 years of experience in that field. They may have worked for tons of companies. And each may also have skills that are unmatched by others.

If however the position is something much smaller such as a cashier at retail stores or a hostess at various restaurants, those resumes won’t be as detailed or long. Instead they will short and to the point.

The length of the resume really depends on the job. So always consider the job when you are applying with a standard resume.

The third factor is what sections are needed in the resume. For example, a common resume has a summary, skills, education and experience. But some resumes require other elements. These elements may include things like awards, list of known software, tests taken and passed.

The best way to know if you resume needs those extra elements is to look at examples of resumes in that field. And also be sure to refer to the job application itself to customize your resume for that position.

Why have a Professional Resume?

When you are out of the job market place, in university, it is easy to forget or know how tough the job market really is out there. High unemployment statistics indicate that more people are looking for work, thus, reinforce the need to have a professional resume to fight increase competitiveness.


FYI, the US Department of Labor releases the months labor/job statistics which, of lately, are not indicating “find a job is easy”.

US Department of Labor Job Statistics

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in October 2014 and a few job stats were:

Total unemployment edged down to 5.8 percent, but that”employment increased in food services and drinking places, retail trade, and health care”

Report stats indicates to you that consumers are starting to spend in these areas. Depending on your career, these may be a good place to start looking and focusing some of your resume efforts.

Non-farm payroll employment rose 214,000 in October

Since beginning of 2014, the unemployment rate declined by 0.8% with the number of unemployed persons down 1.2 million (Good news!)

More Job Stat info can be found at US Department of Labor Job Statistics

Professional Resume Conclusion

Statistics and economical conditions reveal that a good professional resume is still needed! All the best in your job hunt!