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On the One-Page Resume

April 2015

You’ve heard it time and time again. It’s been drilled into your brain—that resumes are supposed to be one page long, no more no less. This month's InnerView Career Q&A column addresses the age-old question while also offering some modern suggestions to sprucing up your resume without compromising page length or word count!   

Q: Is it acceptable to have a resume that is more than one page? –Breyon B., Chicago

A: When jobseeking, the inevitable question springs up: how long does a resume have to be? The time honored standard has been one page on an 8.5in x 11in sheet of paper. Contrary to popular belief, that’s not a hard and fast rule in the job seeking game. Some considerations when embarking on your own resume endeavor—no matter if you’re starting from scratch or looking to cut down on a manuscript of your job responsibilities!

First off, we’re discussing resumes and not C.V.s, which are generally academic focused and are often much longer to expand on one’s experience (often for scholarly purposes).

Now that that’s out of the way, some considerations:  


Nurys Harrigan is president of Careers In Nonprofits, the experts in nonprofit staffing and recruiting with offices in Chicago and Washington, D.C.

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