Résumé Building: One Page or Two?
When it comes to résumés, most experts recommend keeping things to one page. The theory behind that is simple: Recruiters and HR staffers have only a very limited amount of time to scan a lot of résumés in the course of a given day, and anything that runs longer than a page risks being tossed aside as too lengthy. Driven by the one-page rule to squeeze as many accomplishments as possible into a limited space, candidates will do everything from shrink fonts to barely-legible sizes, to deleting massive swaths of their work history. That’s ultimately not in the candidate’s interest, especially if it results in impressive accomplishments sliced away solely in the name of keeping things to one page. In other words, there are circumstances in which a candidate can submit a two- or three-page résumé. Mid-career engineers, managers, and others who’ve supervised large and successful projects may consider adding a second page to their résumé that lists their most impressive accomplishments, along with more in-depth information about individual initiatives. But even if you add a second page, remember to keep things as succinct as possible. Doubling the available white space isn’t an excuse to add unnecessary fat—it’s a way for the experienced tech pro to list what’s necessary without taking the font size down to four.