Answered by Bret, Hiring Expert at Emerson, on Wednesday, 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.