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How many pages does your Resume have?



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How many pages does your Resume have?

I was looking in my old files and I found my old resumes circa 20 years back.  I noticed that I have made about 7 resumes in different time periods.  Some where 1 and 2 pagers and the longest was about 6 pages.  I would like to know how short or long your resume is?

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Tronia

Damn, six pages? That is a bit long, haha.

I personally think that in today's time it is better to keep it short and sweet. Most employers won't bother reading six pages... You should aim to make your resume attractive looking and show the main experience.

My current resume is 3 pages long 2 of which is listing experience.



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Martinsx1

Haha, I would consider 6 pages of a resume to begin a handout document which is meant to be taken home for extra study before having any saying on it. 6 paged resume is excessive and simply unprofessional to my understanding. Most HR personnel wouldn't look at such document twice and they would rule it out.



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Youngshark

Hahaha. I get you man. Sometimes I wonder what people write in those really long resumes. More than 10 pages is too much if you ask me. I can't say that I have ever written any that is longer than 3 pages though.



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DenisP

"Most employers won't bother reading six pages..."

I think that this statement is pretty darn accurate.

Perhaps it's just a general, sad truth about people, or perhaps it's an inconvenient indicator of my own laziness, but I definitely would feel less inclined to give the six page resume a chance over shorter ones.

Most employers get tons of submissions as it is, so giving them even more stuff to sort through is probably worsening your odds. You'd think it would be the opposite, and that they'd be more impressed with a large resume, but such is not the case in today's job market.



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bienn05

I agree with you Tronia, six pages is long. Some employer does not have the patience or time to read that long. i would prefer short and simple resume. I am a fresh graduate and we are taught to have a resume that should be only one page with the maximum at two pages. It can depend on your experiences also, if you have many working experiences, I think 3 should be the maximum page that applicants should do. We should eliminate unnecessary writings in your resume. If possible, you should at least put your last 3 employment and just tell the other if you are given the chance for an interview. Again, keep it short and simple.



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ChristineOh

I agree with you. It's much better to make it short and simple but attractive. Just write down all the information that'll be needed in your job. I am a fresh graduate and I have a 2 pages resume before but now I revise it and make it 1 page. I'm now using a new format of a resume where the employers can easily see all my important details including the seminars and training where I'd attend that related to the job position that I'm applying for.



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stormbreaker10

LOL, 6 pages. It is like your whole life on it is on the resume, I think the best way to have a resume is to keep it short but on point impormation about yourself. My resume is about 2 pages.



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Judas2018

Your resume doesn't have to be super long. In fact, most employers prefer that it isn't. Especially if they request to have an 'in-hand' copy. If you are sending a digital copy, then you can make it strong but again... it shouldn't read like a novel. Employers do get a bit suspicious of someone whose had so many jobs, especially in such a short time span. They might see you as a person who bounces from job to job for behavioral reasons, or just because you're more into yourself than helping a company. So the minute something better comes along, you'll be onto the 'next thing.' Employers value stability. I personally built my resume with jobs I felt were necessary to mention to my employer when I landed the job I have now, many years ago. Some jobs are not worth mentioning in your resume, like for example a 1 month stint at a local record store. Unless that job plays into the job you're applying for at the moment.



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JoeMilford

Judas2018,
Exactly, as you said, your resume should not "read like a novel"--exactly. Most employers, from what I understand, want your resume to be concise, specific, and brief. I have been on hiring committees before, and I can attest to the fact that, in that evaluative process, a short and sharp essay which speaks to your experience and strengths is a must and is preferred. I took what I learned from being on this hiring boards and started applying it to my own resume and c.v., and it really helped me to get jobs over the years.



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RhealaineS

I totally agree! It will be best if you only have one-page resume. Short but full of information. Employers will not be attracted to 3 or more pages of resume.



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Jral14

During my college days, we had a subject about interview and job applications. We were told to prepare three pages for our resume. First page is for identity (Name, Address, School you have been, contact number, and, email address, and your hobbies or passion). The second page is intended for all of your achievements, experiences, strength and weaknesses, and expectations. This should be in narrative form. Then the last page is intended for references. You can write your professor's name, or whoever is your favorite professor or people from your on the job training or internship. You should write there their full name including their credentials and their contact number. The reason of this is once they reviewed your resume, they may contact the following on your references and ask something about you. For example they might ask one of them if how were you during your school or in duty.

Resumes don't have to be long. You should just be clear and concise. Don't make it as a novel as they will be bored on reading those. Also, don't put all your achievements or talents there because they most of the time ask you "Tell me about yourself" lines. Just be brief.



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Barida

Wow! This is one of the best ways that we can prepare our resume since it is going to explain everything about us, in a simple manner, to the employer that is thinking of getting us a job.

From the first page, it is possible for us to showcase who we really are to the employer and that will guide his judgement through out the phase of it. I have not really thought of that process earlier, but this is one of the best moves to make.



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Corzhens

Mine is 3 pages because I had kept it to a minimum. Some of my colleagues have long resume reaching more than 5 pages because they included some details of their education. In keeping it shorter, the focus of my resume are the positions that I had for the last 10 years and the earlier employment has a summary only. I agree that the shorter the resume, the better because the reader can easily get a good grasp of what you are and what you have achieved.



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DenisP

It honestly depended on the kind of job I was applying for. For your typical retail position, my resume wouldn't be any longer than two pages. I was very straight to the point with everything I included, so that it was both easy to review and very direct. On the other hand, when I was applying for graphic design positions, it would typically be a bit larger as I'd include some highlights from my portfolio which helped get my foot in the door with several employers.



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Kakashi2020

Presently ive edited my resume to a short 2 pager and another page for a Cover Letter. So I guess it's a Three Pager Resume for me.



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Barida

Most persons are saying that making use of the 3 page resume is the best and I kind of agree with them since we should not make up something that is going to bore our prospective employer to thinking we can't make things consice. The interview part is where they can get to know the person better, if they found your CV interesting.



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TheArticulate

At the core, my resume is one page. I think that's just enough to put my work history, skills, and academic achievements in a concise and easily readable format. Anything more than that and I think it's too long for potential employers. Not to mention I'm young and don't have the work history to warrant another page at the moment.

I always include a separate page as a cover letter and put my references on their own page as well, so if you really wanted to, I guess you could say my resume is 3 pages at its longest.



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anahbello1206

My resume was 3 pages long too. It was composed of my experiences and achievements in school, references and contact numbers if they would like to contact me. I try to keep my resume as short and concise as possible.



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aeon

Just two pages for me, educational backgrounds, achievements, and previous work. I'm not included some working experience that might use against me. long resume means long interview question I think.



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Judas2018

Not sure where you live @aeon but here in the states, not including things in your resume doesn't mean a potential employer won't uncover them anyway. Employers in the states dig into everything including social media, credit history, etc.



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aeon

I live here in the Philippines sir, and the in-demand jobs here are bpo related. It's really hard to become regular in that kind of work, and most of the bpo company are looking for less experienced applicants, well they said just to avoid the leaks or what ever issue to their company, because most of the company think that you are just a hopper or spy based on your bpo experience.



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treecko142

I recently just started working so my resume is only 2 pages long. I hope the list gets longer in the future.



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peachpurple

I had recently sent my 2 pages resume for a job too. I find the resume all cramped up with too much details on my previous jobs, 5 of them ! I think I should reduce my previous jobs details from 5 to 3 jobs, minus off those jobs that are not related to the current job I am looking for. One page is better



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treecko142

Yeah, I realize that it doesn't have to be a long resume since a more concise list would be preferred by the potential employer and will also look more professional from your side.



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EfficientNinja

You really shouldn't aim to keep your resumes long. You can try searching for resume guides and tutorials online and you'll find them all suggesting to keep it short and concise. You should only include jobs or experiences that are related to the position that you are applying for.



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treecko142

Yeah, resumes should be concise and relevant to your job application. I was thinking of curriculum vitae when I thought that a longer and more complete list is better.



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Pixie06

My first resume was about 4 pages long and when I went for a career guidance course they stated that this was too long and I have included many irrelevant details on there. I then made another resume by including only the important details and now my resume is only two pages long. However, if you have worked at several places it can be quite difficult to have a short resume.



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Judas2018

When I was younger, a 4 page resume would've been a document of envy from peers and friends. Nowadays, the shorter the better. You'd be told by most people to shrink it, drastically. It's really a testament to our hyper-fast moving society.



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Kakashi2020

I do think that a short and concise resume of about two to three pages is the most effective nowadays.

All other information may be taken up on your interview. The resume will then serve as a guideline for the interviewer to post more questions thus bringing out all the lengthy details about your experiences and qualifications.



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gavinci13

Mine is just one page Resume. I use to make it concise and brief. The reason for that is for me to able to say a lot during my interview with the employer. In my resume I just usually reveal just a little bit of my personal data. My basic educational background like which school or university I went, same with my work background and that's it. When I apply or look for a job I usually make sure that my work experience and educational background fits the job. Then I prepare more on the live interview.



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Barida

One thing that I have come to realize with resume is that when writing them, we don't need to bulk it up with lots of words that will now make the employers look at it as a way of wasting their time. The last resume that I wrote had 3 pages and a half and that was the one that got me the job that I am currently doing. So, it depends on how you go straight to the point.



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vivalavanda

Most of the HR's that I know just scan your resume and just read some important parts, mostly in skills and your education background. So don't waste your time creating a long list of your resume, mine only has 2 pages and it is the summary of my achievements, how I sell my skills, and education background. That would be enough and the rest will be up to how you will answer the question of the interviewer.



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Barida

You're right on the poster not making the resume to be that long in the sense that the employer might not have the long time to read everything that he has said, so to save the stress, it is always better to make a concise write-up of important personal achievements as well as academic progress for that is what they will be looking at before anyone is being considered for employment.



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Martinsx1

I'm of the opinion that at least 2 pages would be best suited for a resume. It's not always good to have so long resume which would be tiring for the human resource department to go through when they are in the recruiting process. A too short resume is not a good one and so is one that is too long. So it's best to keep it in the middle by making or average. 2 pages is preferably perfect in my opinion.



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JoeMilford

Well, as an educator, I have a C.V. which is about 11 pages long, at this point (after teaching full time and part time for fifteen years). However, my resume, which I use to apply to non-academic positions, is only 2 pages long, and I think that that is even too long myself for those purposes. I have often heard that you should shoot for a tight and concise one page resume, but I've never been able to achieve that personally, lol. I agree with Martinsx1 above me here about the brevity of the essay and the focus of its purpose based upon the job that you are applying for. We should tailor-make every essay according to the job in question.



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Judas2018

That's great Joe. I also think many people forget that not every job you've done has to be listed on your resume. If you have a good mental breadth of your job history, while handing an employer your resume and watching them go over it, you can also mention a handful of other jobs you've done. That way the employer can see you have a strong written history of your employment past, but also a solid oral one as well.



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ballyhara

Same here, as a physician with some experience, I could fill some 5 pages or more with job info, but honestly, I guess those who are hiring won't take the time to read 5 or 6 pages line by line, specially if there are hundreds of people applying for the position. So, I just take my main jobs that fix with the desired profile, and make a CV summary. At the bottom line, I make sure to let them know I have extra experience and that info can be required.



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SiamSEO

Just two pages, and in all honesty the second page is just about half a page. I don't list all the stuff I have ever done, and most I try to just bundle up under some umbrella term in order to reduce clutter. I do have some examples of my work put aside as well, but since I only use those on a case-by-case basis, I don't see the need to include them in my actual CV.



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mackyboy

my resume usually contains 3 pages. usually the first page belongs to my personal information and the second page contains my educational background and the last page would be my trainings and seminars and also character refferences.



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JayM90

The first and the last resume I made contains two pages only. It was my first resume for my first application and was my first job. It only contains personal informations and skills. Since I just graduated that time I don't have plenty of employment history, I only my put my OJT (on-the-job-training) record. It was just honest and precise.



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jaymish3

My resume only has one page. I'm not lying! I've worked in a human resource office before. The size of your resume makes no difference at all. It could be a 300 page word document and no-one will pay the least bit of attention. Trust me. It will just make for good rough drafts or printing paper. The person doing the interviews knows on instinct whether they like the person or not so your resume makes no diffrence. When I write the shortest and shoddiest resumes that's when I get hired.



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aeon

I think you're right. They really don't care about that, all they need is how you answer to the interview question. Based on my experience, they're just looking at the resume to ask additional question if you answer all of their interview question, and they are just looking at my pronunciation how confidence I am while talking to them.



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SiamSEO

It could be a 300 page word document and no-one will pay the least bit of attention.
Exactly - so it makes a massive difference ;)
Spending too much time in something that's so overkill that it won't even be looked at is just wasted time, and that's example the point of OP as well. Your resume is not completely worthless piece, because a quick overview easily shows if you're way too under or overqualified.



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EfficientNinja

I tend to keep mine short. I try to maintain a resume that is only 2-3 pages long. I have different resumes for different job positions. I have different job experiences and skills that may not apply for different job titles. I remove unnecessary skills, work experiences, certificates on my other resumes. Employers will not find those useful or informative. Try to keep all the information in your resume that is related and will prove useful in the job position.



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aecel

They say that the advisable and standard pages are only one or two pages. Employers don't like many pages on a resume you only have to input those important data because they're not gonna read every single word in your resume they already prepared questions and will just add another question from your resume. But if you're applying for a higher position I think it's more than two pages because you need to impress the management about your credentials and experiences in the past.



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Kakashi2020

I think it's best to prepare a short and concise resume of about 2 pages and a comprehensive one that is usually 4 pages or more just to be ready if the employer would request a more detailed one which usually happens on the final interview for higher positions.



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amelia88

Mine is only 2 pages - I've been in management positions before, and reading through super long resumes is tedious! A lot of the time people include information in there that isn't relevant to the position they're applying for, either. I think keeping it to the point and concise is good, and generally speaking if your potential employer requires any more information or clarification they'll ask you for it.



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MissTery

My resume has 4 pages all in all, it already contained my personal basic info, my achievements during undergraduate, and my work experiences I already had which for my case, I only had work experiences during my internship. Our prof. once taught us how to make our resume very effective, according to him, long resume is not very ideal because if that the case, the employer does not need to interview us anymore and just further read our resume. Just put all basic info and those achievements necessary for the job you are applying will already make your resume effective.



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amoxicilin000

My resume has 3 pages only. The first page of my resume is my personal info, objectives and some information of me. My second page includes my core competencies my skills and abilities. Third page is the most interesting part because this contains my educational background and working experience. As of now in my current line of business I've been with two companies so right now it's still three however pages will be more I think if I will be with a different company on the future but I'll do my best not to have a resume with a lot of number of pages.



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Marako0406

Same thing with mine it's 3 pages now because of the job experiences I had been. First page would be some personal information and education and the next 2 pages are all about my job experiences including the description and the things I've done and achieved during those times. Seems to me that 3 pages would be a lot but I am certainly confident that what's in there is really special and important.



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Judas2018

Three pages is good if your jobs had a lot of responsibility. Like if you handled multiple tasks at most jobs you worked. That's a good look for a potential employer.



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