One page resumes

United States
May 31, 2007 8:30pm CST
I have been told that resumes should be no longer than 1 page because the employer doesn't want to spend too much time reading. I have just updated my resume but it is impossible to get everything on just one page. I don't want an employer to take one look at my resume and discard it just because they are too lazy to read the whole thing. I was told recently that this is not true anymore; that it's okay to have 2 pages. Does anybody know?
5 responses
@prathna (175)
• Canada
7 May 09
well nowadays theres a 10 second rule. employers aren't "lazy" to read ur resume. they just have ALOT of other resumes to read. like they might have 1000 applicants for only one opening. they wont take all their sweet time and sit and read thru all the resumes. your resume doesnt have 2 be 1 page now, because if u are well qualified then your resume might be pretty long. just make sure to highlight or bring out the important parts that you think your employer should read without fail. afterall, theyll only spend 10 seconds on it
@hgrimalt (12)
• Philippines
23 Feb 09
I think that's true. Almost all employers are busy. They do not have enough time to read the whole thing. Sometimes they are lazy. Lol! Right now, I'm editing my resume to make it a one-page resume. It is still two pages. Lol! I cannot just delete all the important information that highlights my skills and abilities. But, I'll still try my best to make it a one-page resume.. LOL!
@goldeneagle (6774)
• United States
8 Sep 08
Definitely keep it to one page if at all possible. I had to play with the font sizes and the margins on the page, but I finally got mine down to one page after cutting a few things out of it. It is possible to have a good resume and still keep it to one page, but it takes work to get it that way.
@unclestan (152)
• Canada
26 Jun 07
I've heard that two pages is now acceptable. I think the key is to get them so excited about you in your cover letter that they want to continue reading more! Remember to focus on the job requirements and highlight your skills and qualities that make you the "right" person for that position. Actually writing a good cover letter is probably the most important part, because if you aren't able to sell yourself on your cover letter....your resume probably won't even get a second glance. Of course it takes a bit of work since you have to customize your cover letter for each type of position, but if you really want the job you may want to exert the extra effort.
@youless (98996)
• Guangzhou, China
1 Jun 07
You are right. My teacher also told us this tip. The resume should be clear and no more than one page. The most important is you have to show all your abilities and leave impressions to the boss. You know boss's time is very precious.