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Rather than a one-size-fits-all career histories approach, I like to think about these things:

  • How many years of relevant work experience do you have? If less than 10, lean towards one page. If more than 15, lean towards two pages.
  • Do you have a lot of meaningful or impressive volunteer or leadership experience? If yes, lean towards two pages.
  • Do you have lists of conferences, presentations, publications, awards, patents, etc? If so, these sections can go on a third page OR fill a second page. Note that these supplemental, CV-like sections are the only time I would ever recommend a third page in a resume. These sections often lead to a hybrid, resume-CV format.

How long is your resume? Share with us in the comments.

Andrea Gerson
Post by Andrea Gerson
November 12, 2021
Andrea Gerson is a social worker, career coach and workforce technology founder. Over the past 15 years, she's crafted impactful resumes for over 7,500 clients – many of who have gotten hired at organizations like Google, Apple, and the U.N. She's partnered with dozens of non-profit workforce agencies to lead staff trainings on topics like job search strategies, interview preparation and navigating workplace conflict. Andrea brings a strengths-based, client-centered perspective, and her work is an extension of her commitment to addressing the opportunity gap.