Is a two page resume okay? Considerations for your multi-page resume


You have amazing work experience. You have crafted it into a beautifully-written narrative that tells the story of your professional life. You're confident that it will leave the reader anxious to invite you into their office to interview. But, you have one concern - your resume is two pages long. Or even three. Or four.  

Is this okay?

What's better, a 2-page or 1-page resume? It depends. 

The days where one-page resumes were the known standard are gone. Two-page resumes are increasingly becoming a smart option for many applicants. This does not mean however, that a two-page resume is the surefire approach for every resume because it's absolutely not.

The real estate on your resume is precious. Consider going to a two page resume if you really think that it is critical to communicate the depth and breadth of your skills, not because you have stacked your most recent work experience on top of your previous resume content.

Simply, a resume that extends to two pages is smart when the situation merits it. This is primarily the case when your depth of experience warrants a two page resume. A general rule of thumb is that the applicant should be able to fit 10 years of work experience onto each page of your resume. If an applicant were to have less than 10 years of experience, generally, they should be able to condense their experience onto one page.

A resume should also be tailored for the specific role and industry, and this should include length. Certain roles expect a one page format; often design roles and certain consulting firms might be surprised by a two-page resume. Executive roles often anticipate multi-page resumes given the depth of work experience expected in these roles. Resumes in medical and academic fields can span dozens of pages. Do your research for templates and example resumes in your field to understand the unique elements of the resume that your reviewer might be expecting. If you're considering a resume outside of the norm, ensure that the content merits it.

How to bring two-page resumes on interview day

On interview day, you want your resume to be frictionless for the interviewer. Said differently, your resume should not require extra work to read. Do not plan on stapling a two-page resume, requiring the user to flip back and forth so that only half of their work history is visible at any given time. For similar reasons, do not print on the front and back of one sheet of paper either. Instead, paper clip a two-page resume on separate pages so that the interviewer can remove the paper clip and view both pages at the same time. Resumates uses these as best practices for resume deliveries and includes paper clips to ensure the detail are covered in your professional presentation. If you don't use Resumates for your printing services, purchase nice paper on your own - 32 lb white resume paper, linen-textured is a stylish and polished choice for any interview setting.

About Resumates

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