Posted by: G. Lane Cavalier | May 1, 2007

Career Development: Does Your Resume Have to be 1 Page Long?

Does Your Resume Have to be 1 Page Long? « Welcome to the Underground

In long form – “NO, NO, NO” –

What it does have to be in concise, well laid out, and give not only what you did but how you did it!!! 

As someone who has read hundreds if not thousands of resumes between work and “helping” friends, I like two, 3 is ok.  Unfortunately mine is 3, but with the advent of BI systems for company HR departments, you probably would have one page worth of “key words” and company names if you tried to fit it to one page, especially if you work in a highly technical field like IT or BioPharm.

A one page summary or “Cover Letter” is a must, but the resume needs to tell the hiring manager what you can do for them.  UVP ( Unique Value Proposition ) is the ticket.

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Responses

  1. You couldn’t be more correct Mr. Lane. As life goes on and people develop their career more, eventually it will get to a point that trying to fit the “one page” stigmata will in fact only hurt them, not help them.

    Hey, I figure if you got it, flaunt it. 🙂 Well, don’t rub it in too much lol.

  2. UVP — how did you get so smart? ?-)

  3. Even “Canaries” or “Turkeys” learn after being hit in the head half a million times.


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