We explain when to stick to a one-page resume and when it's appropriate to expand
If you’re updating your resume and struggling to fit all of the information onto one page, you may be asking whether a resume can be two to three pages long.
The annoying answer: it depends!
However, always keep in mind that recruiters and hiring managers don’t have a lot of time to spend on each resume that winds up on their desk.
Who should write a one-page resume
If you are early in your career and hold less than 7-10 years of experience, we strongly recommend sticking to one page.
At this stage, your goal should be to express your qualifications for the role as concisely and convincingly as possible.
While it can be difficult to fit all the information you may want to include on one sheet of paper, remember that your resume is intended to serve as a highlight reel of your career and accomplishments.
It shouldn’t outline all of your experience and every single thing you did on the job in extensive detail.
When to transition to a two-page resume
You should think about crafting a two-page resume if you:
- Have at least 7-10 years of experience
- Are a C-level executive
- Need to describe numerous roles (such as short-term contract positions)
In these cases, your resume can be two pages long, but we generally don’t advise submitting a document any longer than that (even for C-suite executives we work with).
An executive resume can also include additional sections that an early career professional’s resume would not.
For example, if you are at the senior level or have varied experiences you would like to tie together around a common theme, you can consider including a Career Highlights or Key Expertise section at the beginning of your resume.
An entry-level professional, on the other hand, would jump right into their work experience section.
Even with a two-page resume, remember to keep your language direct and cut out fluff wherever possible.
Your document should be achievement-based, showcasing the value you brought to each organization you worked with.
You should always tailor your resume to the specific roles you’re applying for.
Remember to be selective regarding which professional experiences you discuss and in how much detail as well.
Early experiences, especially if they are less relevant to your current field or took place decades ago, can be cut out, giving you more space to flesh out your current and most recent roles.