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Old 30th May 2018, 12:55 PM   #16
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In my opinion, two pages is perfect. I tried to use bullet points and not be too wordy. Make the resume' easy to read and quick to absorb.

I used a "head hunter" when I wanted to make a change. If she thought two pages were too much, she would have advised me to shorten it down to one.

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Old 5th June 2018, 7:53 PM   #17
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Apologies, as I didn't read through every post, if this was already discussed.

I'd say it depends on what the resume is for. I was in academia for years and those tend to be long-winded CVs with multiple pages. I wrote some and read many during interviews, and they were necessary for those positions. Then I made a shift out into the non-academia world and shortened my resume to two pages.

I do hiring often for my department, as well as resume screening, and dislike long resumes with detailed experience that isn't relevant to the particular job. Then again, in my area you tend to be short and sweet, hit the few key points and save the rest for the interview.

However - I read you are also using it for advertising for new clients. Here I would argue you can use a longer version, especially if you are describing portfolios or project achievements. Suggest to always target it to a task, i.e. if you know a client is looking for someone skilled in A and B, spend most of the time highlighting that, and only mention C and D.

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Old 6th June 2018, 10:20 AM   #18
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Two pages of substance is OK. Do have somebody else read it & make sure you are saying everything you want to emphasize using the fewest number of words possible.

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Haha, no, but even self-employed people need a resume to get new/different clients .
A resume to get a new job in your industry can be two pages. A marketing document to get new clients has to be 1 page. Clients don't read.
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