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The Length of a Resume


A page? Two pages? Three pages? Not always easy to know what size to make your resume, specially when we have a lot of information to mention!

What is the length of your resume?

The length of the resume is the size of your resume once it's downloaded in PDF format and ready to be sent to recruiters. In some countries, short resumes are more popular than very long resumes. And for good reason, recruiters often receive a large number of applications and therefore don't have time to immerse themselves in reading a resume of several pages! Traditionally, therefore, the resume must fit in one page and, if that is not enough, it must not exceed two pages maximum. This may be the case for people who have more than 10 years of career behind them. In this way you will put all chances on your side so that your resume is read by the recruiters!

The advantages to pay attention to the size of your resume

Paying attention to the size of your resume by not exceeding the maximum two pages recommended has several advantages:

- Write a summary resume that highlights only the most important things in your background or skills
- Write a clearer and structured resume
- Make it more pleasant to read your resume

How to reduce the size of your resume

To avoid writing a curriculum vitae that is too long, a few simple rules can help you:

- Sorting through your information: Although it's sometimes tempting to be exhaustive as to your background or experiences when writing your resume, it's better to refrain! Indeed, your resume would be too long and could discourage some recruiters to read it in its entirety. It's therefore necessary to sort through the information that is mentioned, by writing a targeted resume, that is to say a resume that we customize to best meet the job offer to which we want to apply. Throughout the writing process it's important to ask each time what information deserves to be mentioned and which ones don't have a real interest in the coveted position. In this way you will write a resume that looks like you and highlights while highlighting your strengths and skills for the job in question.
- Choose a suitable font size : the font size of your resume can also have a role to play over the length of your resume! In general, we advise you not to exceed a size 12 because above you might not be able to fit your resume on a page or it would not look very professional. The ideal is a font size 9 but it also depends on the font you use, some are smaller or with less spacing than others. The important thing is to find a comfortable size for reading that doesn't take up too much space. Remember to print your resume and have it read by a relative to be sure that the size and the font are suitable for different readers.
- Structure your resume: tidying up the layout of your resume will also help you to gain valuable lines! Creating and organizing topics, highlighting the most important information ... By gathering some information under the same heading (such as internships and previous jobs), you will gain space on your resume.

Mistakes to avoid that lengthen the resume

Thus, the most common errors when writing a curriculum vitae and which can lengthen their length are as follows:

- to mention too much information in your resume: to want to be too exhaustive, your curriculum vitae may well exceed the maximum two pages recommended! It's therefore important to sort through the information that is mentioned, only experiences related to the coveted position have their place on the resume. Also avoid mentioning too old information, such as your first internship if you have 15 years of career behind you.
- use a font that is too big: if your resume must be readable, don't fall into the opposite excess by using a font size that is too large.
- create a large number of topics: if the topics help to structure the resume, a large number of topics can also significantly extend your resume. It's therefore important to see what information can be grouped together.
- a resume too airy: even if for the comfort of reading, it's important to ventilate your resume, don't overdo it! Skip lines only when necessary.

Privilege the first page

If your resume is two pages long, we strongly recommend that you have the most important information on the first one! Indeed, many recruiters, for the sake of saving time and speed, may not have the time to read the second page of your resume. It's therefore important to heal the first one that will necessarily be read and must therefore be the most impactful.

Our advice

Even if it's tempting to give as much information as possible about your background, your experiences and your profile in your resume, it's important to sort through these data so that your resume doesn't exceed two pages maximum. And if it fits on one page, it's even better!

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