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13 ways to get the right number of pages in a resume

A resume should typically be a couple of pages or less because hiring managers and recruiters often have a limited amount of time to review each application they receive. They may have to review dozens or even hundreds of resumes for a single position, so it’s important to make your resume concise and easy to read.

If your resume is too long, it may be difficult for the hiring manager to quickly identify your qualifications and accomplishments. Additionally, a long resume may suggest that you have difficulty prioritising information or summarising your experience, which may not be a desirable trait for many employers.

By keeping your resume to a couple of pages, you can ensure that it includes only the most relevant and important information. This may include your most recent and relevant work experience, your education and training, your key skills and accomplishments, and any relevant professional affiliations or certifications.

Download our free “Art Of Resume Writing” guide here to learn more in how to structure your resume.

Overall, a concise and well-organised resume can help you stand out from other applicants and increase your chances of being selected for an interview.

Keep reading to find out how you can shorten or lengthen your resume accordingly.

“There’s a great power in words, if you don’t hitch too many of them together.” —Josh Billings.

If you need to make your resume shorter, here are some tips that can help:

  1. Use bullet points: Bullet points are a great way to break up long paragraphs of text and they make your resume is more readable. Use them to highlight your key skills, accomplishments, and responsibilities.
  2. Focus on the most relevant experience: Tailor your resume to the job you’re applying for by focusing on the most relevant experience. This may mean leaving out some older or less relevant jobs or reducing the amount of detail you include for those not so relevant roles.
  3. Remove irrelevant information: Take a critical look at your resume and remove any information that is not directly relevant to the job you’re applying for. For example, if you’re applying for a marketing role, you may not need to include your part-time job as a restaurant server.
  4. Use a summary or profile section: Instead of including a long objective statement or summary of your entire career, use a brief summary or profile section at the top of your resume to highlight your key skills and qualifications.
  5. Keep formatting simple: While it may be tempting to use fancy fonts, colours, or graphics, it’s best to keep your resume formatting simple and easy to read. Stick to a clear, professional font and use bold or italicised text sparingly to highlight important information.
  6. Edit and proofread carefully: Finally, be sure to edit and proofread your resume carefully to eliminate any unnecessary words or phrases and ensure that everything is accurate and well-written. A well-edited and error-free resume will be more effective than a longer, more cluttered one.

If you need to make your resume longer due to lack of work experience, here are some tips that can help:

  1. Add more detail: Instead of just listing your job titles and responsibilities, provide more detail about your accomplishments and achievements in each role. Use specific examples to demonstrate your skills and the impact you had on the organisation.
  2. Include relevant coursework or projects: If you’re a recent graduate or have limited work experience, you can add more detail to your resume by including relevant coursework or projects you completed in school.
  3. List relevant volunteer or extracurricular activities: If you’ve volunteered or participated in extracurricular activities that are relevant to the job you’re applying for, include them on your resume to showcase your skills and interests.
  4. Include additional skills and certifications: If you have additional skills or certifications that are relevant to the job you’re applying for, be sure to include them on your resume. This can help demonstrate your expertise and qualifications.
  5. Add a personal statement or objective: If you haven’t already included a personal statement or objective on your resume, consider adding one to provide additional context about your career goals and interests.
  6. Customise your resume for each job: Instead of using the same generic resume for every job application, customise your resume for each job by highlighting the skills and experiences that are most relevant to that particular position.
  7. Use a larger font or add more white space: While it’s important to keep your resume concise and easy to read, you can also make it appear longer by using a slightly larger font or adding more white space between sections. Just be sure to maintain a professional appearance and avoid going overboard with these formatting techniques.

If you feel you need assistance in writing your resume then please reach out to My Career Angels for a free 30 minute call to see how we can create a stand out resume and coach you on how you too can write one with ease. Learn more about our services for resume writing here.



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