This sample executive resume for a CEO and president illustrates that a resume can be longer than one or two pages if the content is compelling and relevant. Page length of an executive resume is an area of confusion to many people. The most important factor is that you use only as many pages necessary to convince the reader that you are an ideal candidate. Every word and element must have a purpose.
Two or three pages are generally expected and acceptable for an experienced executive candidate. Three pages can also be appropriate for some experienced candidates in technical positions.
The ability to present your qualifications on two or three pages demonstrates your ability to communicate clearly and focus on the relevant. If your writing is concise and your achievements compelling, and three pages are required to present your key qualifying skills and achievements, use three pages. Just remember that with each page you reduce the chances that your resume will be read thoroughly.
While there are always exceptions to the rule, more than three pages are rarely necessary or effective.
Of course, we realize that it is exceptionally hard to be objective about the content that you might want to include or exclude in your executive resume. This is just one of the many reasons why you should consider hiring an executive resume writer. When we work with clients at Distinctive Career Services, besides just writing your resume, we consult with you on strategic resume content and design decisions and make sure that your resume meets the standards of current best practices.