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Asked by Devin on August 8, 2016

I have more than just a little experience that won't fit on a single page resume that is the current trend. The additional information would not only give a potential employer history that may be specific to the position I'm applying for but also show my overall skill set. Are multiple pages okay for entry-level positions too?

Answered by Mike, Hiring Expert at Avery Dennison Corporation, on August 8, 2016

Hi!

Great question that you have.  I know it's difficult to create a resume.  Thinking of what to include/not include can be very difficult.  Here's what I recommend overall, and it may/may not help you with your question.

Your resume should include relevant details to the role in which you are applying.  What I mean is that if you have information that is relevant that you can't fit on the first page, go ahead and add a second page.  What you don't want to do is add additional pages of fluff (i.e. non-relevant information).  That could actually have an inverse impact on your ability to get the job, and cause the resume reviewer to think your experience is more closely aligned to a different skill set than what they are looking for in the position.  

Another thing you could think about is if you are getting too detailed in your resume.  For example, if you are applying for a role as an executive assistant, you don't need to add details such as "answered calls for XYZ" or "printed reports when requested".  If you have other, relevant details that show some of those pieces, the ones that I just mentioned would likely be assumed by the resume reviewer.  

You would be the best judge of what goes on your resume.  If you take your best shot, and don't get the job, call the recruiter.  Don't be afraid to ask why you didn't get the job, and what they saw in other candidates' resumes that they didn't see in yours.  It could help you out tremendously as you continue your search.

I hope this helps.  Good luck with your resume! 

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Answered by Kate, Hiring Expert at ADP, on August 11, 2016

Great question. One page resume is ideal especially so early in your career. If your resume is set up from current employment to last employment and your most relevant experience is at the end or middle - I'd change your resume to have "Relevant Experience" at the top and then "Other Work Experience" underneath. To keep to one page, edit and strengthen the bullet points on the other work experience to shorten this will give you room to expand on the most relevant role at the top of the resume. Do not use font smaller than 10 and if needed, you could do .5 margins but no less. Also, if the other work experience is not at all relevant to this job, you could remove it from your resume. Hope this helps - good luck! 

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Answered by Bret, Hiring Expert at Emerson, on August 17, 2016

Hello, and thanks for the question!

While it is tempting to spill onto two pages, I recommend you to scale it back to only a single page. This recommendation comes not only from the ‘trend’ of a single page, but from a practical standpoint as well.

Depending on the organization and recruiter, resumes and profiles submitted online are looked at for only a brief amount of time. In some cases only a matter of seconds. Nine times out of ten, the recruiter won’t even scroll to the second page. It is a matter of practicality… hundreds of submissions for a single role with many recruiters working on dozens of roles at any given point.

My recommendation is to narrow down to a single page. Keep it brief and at a high level. The industries, companies, locations, progressive moves and length of time in role will speak a lot about your fit for a particular position or company. Also, take advantage of all the fields included in a company’s online application form, the more content you put there, the more the recruiter will be able to search and look at if they choose to do a deeper dive into your candidacy. Same for LinkedIn, keep a full and usable profile there so that further research can be done.

Keeping your resume brief and to the point will help you more than too many details.

Good luck!
Bret

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Answered by Lori, Hiring Expert at Cigna, on August 19, 2016

That's a question that comes up fairly frequently. Typically, an entry level resume shouldn't be more than one page. The reason for that is that you don't want to overdo it on your resume. Your resume should provide the necessary information; education, work experience, technical skills, community service, and awards. The information should not be extremely detailed, but concise bullet points that you can entice an employer with. Your resume should be the starting point of a discussion of why you are good fit for a role. Having more than 1 page for a resume usually occurs with professionals who have many years of experience across multiple industries and can't jam everything into one page. As an entry level candidate, even if you have more experience than others, you should be able to fit it onto 1 sheet, with the font at 10 pt. If you go through all the points I mentioned in this response, and you still find that you are more than 1 page, then you very well might need it to be. In which case, you won't be penalized because all the information you listed is relevant to you and the role you are applying to. Good luck! 

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