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How long should it be? What format should I use? Job seekers always have questions like this about their resumes, and not knowing the answer might cost you a great position. Here are some of the most commonly asked questions.
1. How long should I make my resume? The ideal length of a resume is an endless debate. Essentially, the longer your work history, the longer your resume. If it's more than two pages, you risk losing the readers' interest. You don't want them to stop reading before seeing the final pages' important details, which might give you a competitive advantage. Try to stick within the two-page guideline.
If you're a recent grad and don’t have a lot of experience, one page is plenty. If you have several years experience and need more than a page, then two should work. Never add fluffy copy to your resume just to make it look longer. Many hiring managers only skim the material you send them, and they can quickly pick out the relevant areas. If your resume is filled with junk, they'll toss it.
2. Which type of resume should I use? You can choose from three types, and the one to use depends on the situation.
Chronological: This style shows your work history, from most recent job to oldest. It's a good option if you have a long work history that you want to show off. It's also the most common resume style used and won't catch the hiring manager by surprise. However, if you're just starting out in the work world and don't want to highlight your irrelevant job experience, avoid this type.
Functional: Functional resumes focus on your skills and experience. They're good if you have gaps in your work history (you started a family, went back to school, etc.) or if you are switching careers. However, if...