Ask Sarah: One or Two-Page Resume?
Do you prefer a one-page or two-page resume?
As a confused job seeker, I don't know how long my resume should be! Every person I ask gives me a different justification for each page length. Some same two-page resumes are exclusively for people with 10+ years of experience; others believe one-page resumes are for entry-level positions and recent grads.
I want to hear your perspective to help settle the score!
Thanks for your help! 🙏
You are getting mixed responses because the answer is not the same for every industry or role. The length of the resume is determined by the industry you’re targeting, and at times, your experience.
Industry or Company Standards
Almost all industries will accept a one-page resume, so in a way, it is the safest bet. However, industries such as the federal government, consulting, faculty positions in higher education all recommend more than one page and have specific guidelines.
If in doubt, research and ask! Many companies have a separate career website dedicated to their job board, team structure, and more information about working. The first step is to research the company's application process on their website. For example, check out #Google.
What do you think Google's preference is? One page or two?
What Google says about your resume
"This is the first piece of information we’ll see about you, so highlight your achievements. Here’s how to frame them:
Align your skills and experience with the job description.
Be specific about projects you’ve worked on or managed. What was the outcome? How did you measure success?
If you've had a leadership role, please tell us about it. How big was the team? What was the scope of your work?
If you're a recent university graduate or have limited work experience, include school-related projects or coursework that demonstrate relevant skills and knowledge.
Keep it short: If there’s additional information (like a portfolio) we need during the hiring process, your recruiter will work with you to collect it."
Answer: Keep it short! I'd say that is a pretty good indicator that Google prefers one-page resumes that are packed with accomplishments, outcomes, and measured success!
If you cannot find their requirements, try reaching out to the HR contact information or a general. To double down on my own advice, I reached out to a Technical Recruiter at Google. This as his response -
"Typically two pages to ensure people have enough space to fit everything but if you don't need the extra space, one page."
So there we have it - another "it depends"! In addition to looking at the industry or company standards, you can also base your decision on the amount of experience you have.