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How To Write A Consise Resume – One-page vs Two-page Resume

A short or concise resume makes recruiters and recruitment managers believe you don’t have much to offer. But if your resume is too long, no recruiting manager will read it to the end. It can even annoy them.

So what is the middle ground in writing a resume? While there are no strict rules, says CV expert Kim Isaacs, your industry and experience can help you decide if your CV should be one or two (or more) pages long.

When using a one-page CV A one-page CV is suitable for beginners, recent graduates and those with a few years of work experience. Also, consider a one-page resume if you want to make a career change and don’t have much experience with a new goal. “The sooner you get to the point, the better,” Isaacs says. Labor managers are busy people, sometimes they have to sort through hundreds of applications.

The average time to capture a reader’s attention is about six seconds. During this time, they decide whether or not to meet their needs. So how can you leverage your resume effectively and stand out from the crowd? Being strategic with your keywords, measuring your effectiveness and, most importantly, keeping it concise. This way, your resume gives a good first impression of the recruiter, as it usually serves as the first point of contact when you apply for the company. Not to mention, the ubiquitous resume doesn’t say much about your organizational skills, does it?

When using a two-page resume This doesn’t mean you have to put your entire experience on one page in a small font that requires a magnifying glass to read. Legibility and general presentation must also be taken into account.

“Most resume reviewers would rather read a well-written, easy-to-browse, two-page resume than a one-page resume that blocks too much information on the page,” Isaacs says.

A two-page CV makes sense for many job seekers, especially those with longer careers and at least 10 years of work experience. An additional page may be required to convey all important information that the employer needs to know.

However, keep in mind that the second page probably won’t get as much attention as the first, so it’s best to make sure you’re using the right resume format (think: chronological vs. functional).

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