I am amazed at how often I am asked by candidates if their resume should be only one page in length. More often than not, my answer is no. A resume is an outline to the story of your professional life. The longer you’ve been in the work force, the longer your resume should be.
Individuals with 10+ years of post-graduate work experience, should ideally provide a two page detailed resume. In addition to listing education, company names, titles, locations, and years at each job, you should include information on the types of companies listed: i.e. industry, size, private, public, etc. Be sure to highlight how your current role fits into the department or organization. Include how many people report to you and to whom you report. Emphasize the size of the business, P&L accountability and improvements you made to the business. Be sure to emphasize key accomplishments and ways that you have exceeded goals and expectations. Also highlight any community, non-profit, professional organization or board memberships/ affiliations.
Senior executives with a long list of progressive job experience and accomplishments in their field are encouraged to present a resume that is 2-3 pages in length. When circulating a multiple page resume, an addendum can be used after page 2 to provide further information about possible publications, achievements, awards, licenses, etc.
A resume is a marketing tool used to highlight your accomplishments and differentiate you from other potential candidates. It should give the potential future employer a firm understanding of the type of experience you have, along with the desire to learn even more about you. A well-crafted resume, of an appropriate length, will open doors to interviews and future career prospects.