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When it comes to identifying the most questioned facet of resume writing, it would be resume length. When it comes to building an effective and compelling resume, there are few “rules” since the quest to reach the reader quickly takes creativity to account for the client’s unique background and employment/career goal. However, any good resume writer will operate from “guidelines” that provide a foundation from which to work.

In general, you should attempt to keep your document to no more than two pages. There was a time when one page was the acceptable limit, but an increase in competition for coveted employment opportunities means employers need more detailed information from the outset to make informed decisions on paring down the candidate pool. Additionally, the millennium has brought us new skill sets that we did not need to account for in the past.

This is not to say that there aren’t still some recruiters and hiring managers who still only want to see a limit of one page, but they are few and far between. The fact is that if you can keep your resume to a page you should do so, but not at the expense of vital skills and experiences that can tip the scales in your favor.

William Mitchell
Certified Professional Resume Writer
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