• Alison King

Here's how long your resume should actually be

The topic du jour on LinkedIn seems to be the length of a resume. Some “influencer” said it should only ever be 1 page.


The Truth:


✅ Your résumé should be as long as it needs to be to convey your experience that is RELEVANT to the target position (the job you want).


✅ If you’re a new grad or entry level, then yes,1 page is likely enough.


✅ The experience and skills that are most relevant should go on page 1, regardless. Think about how you skim something—more carefully at first and then glancing at the rest.


✅ As always, your résumé is not a career obituary. If it’s not relevant, leave it off or push it way down.


✅ Is your resume just barely over 2 pages? Make it one by adjusting line spacing, margins, and font style/size (but not too small).


As always, these are best practices—not hard rules. But if it’s not relevant to the job you are targeting, don’t give it prime real estate!


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