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re: Advice on Applying for a Job VIEW POST


Wondering what your thoughts are on number of pages for a resume?

I think forcing yourself to keep to one page has the same benefit as your comment on two columns - limiting space holds you accountable for only listing the important things.


I would 100% agree! Personally, when I get a multi-page resume my heart drops a little because usually what is important on the resume could have fit on one page and saved me a lot of time of having to figure out what is important and what is not.


Ok, but what about people transferring into coding who actually have two pages worth of jobs? Should these people filter out "non-relavent" older jobs to fit the imaginary one page limit? I think one page is fine if you graduated in 2018, but should it be a mold?

I would nudge people to check out my personal website to read more. But the problem you mention is real. Many of us are well into our careers and being concise ends up meaning you throw a lot away.

I like the website. But does your site supersede the need for a resume? Is that your point? I'm not sure.

Personally, I think you should filter out "non-relevant" jobs from your resume. Anything that doesn't demonstrate your ability to do the job you are applying for, get rid of it. I always tailor my resume for the position I am applying so that it highlights what that position is looking for. By doing this it is easier to keep it to a single page.

So are you saying to use a non-chronological approach to building a resume. That means there may be gaps in the dates and jobs listed on a resume. How would you suggest explaining those to a perspective employer? Is there a difference between tailoring a resume and leaving items off?

Which brings up a different set of questions. Is it ethical to leave 10 yrs off a resume b/c it may not seem relevant to a specific job title. That's a ligit question. Is it deceptive to appear 5-10 or 15 yrs younger on paper than when you arrive? What can or should a person leave off their resume?

Hi Matt, I have a few years of non relevant roles right after university on my resume. The way I get around this without having big gaps is to only list the role, years and location.

Administration and Support Roles
2006 - 2011
Hastings, New Zealand

It fills the gaps but doesn't need any more detail than that, leaving the valuable real estate for more recent and relevant roles.

I'm not sure if it's the same everywhere but in New Zealand it's common to drop off less relevant and older experience the older you get.


I have to admit I am a little disheartened by your statement, ...your heart drops when you see 2 pagers. Some ppl are proud of their career path no matter its diversity. I thought in this multi-cultural multi-viewpoint time diversity was beneficial.

Instead I seem to be hearing one size Should fit all. I have to say I am more than disappointed by this viewpoint. Should we not be striving for inclusivity? I wonder if you confusing resume "stuffing" versus longevity.

At some point I feel like what you're describing as longevity becomes resume stuffing.

Think of a resume as an advertisement. Would you be more likely to buy something from an ad that says "this product solves this problem" or from an ad that makes you dig through paragraphs of information to figure out what the product is supposed to do?

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