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How long should your resume be? It is a myth that your entire work history must be confined to a single page. Making everything fit often results in tiny, unreadable blocks of text that no recruiter will willingly navigate. One-page resumes are fine for recent college graduates or for those with few positions, limited years of experience or a defined career path. If you find yourself making margins very narrow and the type smaller and smaller, odds are that you should expand to another page. Arial and Tahoma in 10 pt size work well, as does 11 pt Times new Roman with margins of about 1 inch on either side, .75 on top and .50 on the bottom.

Length of more than 2 or 3 pages is a recruiters’ nightmare, especially today when so many first view your resume on hand-held digital devices. Concentrate on experience that relates to the job you want. Include recent positions to show history/longevity with employers, but part-time, fast-food jobs from 20 years ago can be left off as well as anything beyond 10 years that doesn’t add value.

Ellie Vargo, MRW, CCMC