How long should my resume be?

We get this question a lot. The length of your resume all depends on your level of experience, so we’ve created a few benchmarks depending on your background to help guide your resume length.

If you’re an entry-level candidate, 1 to 1.5 pages is ideal. Remember to keep it short and meaningful. It is okay to not include items that may not be relevant to the positions you are applying for.

If you’re an intermediate candidate with 3 to 10 years experience, 2 pages is perfect, 3 pages is the maximum.

If you’re senior candidate with many positions and skills, 3 pages is ideal, 4 max. There is likely a lot of information that you’ll want to highlight, so the added length makes sense.

You could have an appendix for your main resume with specific projects you’ve worked on if you have an extensive list of dozens of assignments or projects. For example, an IT professional may have worked on 20 or 40 projects that are each unique and complex.

Remember that HR managers and recruiters take 30 seconds to read your first page, then they decide if they should look at page 2. And honestly, they often never even get to page two! If they do read page 2, they will read it for another 20 seconds. To draw attention to your major skills and achievements, use subtitles and bolded fonts. Formatting is key to making it easy to read.

Check out more tips on writing a resume in our resumes section here