11) Limiting Your Resume To One Page
When it comes to resume mistakes to avoid, this is one that might come as a relief to you. It is about page length.
Were you taught that no resume should be longer than one page?
If you are an experienced professional with more than a couple of years of work history and have tried to comply with this outdated rule, you know it is nearly impossible to meet.
There was a time when job seekers, regardless of how much professional experience they had or what professional level they had achieved, were told that they must always limit their resume to a single page.
This might be good advice for new graduates seeking their first job or for other young professionals with limited work history, as these example student resumes illustrate. Some blue-collar workers might find that a one-page resume is best as well (check out these blue-collar resume examples).
But this is bad advice for most job seekers.
Of course, you should ensure that your resume is on target, that every piece of data serves a strategic purpose, and that the writing is concise and to the point. But it is virtually impossible to provide anything but the rudimentary details of a career (at least one longer than a few years) on just one page.
Two pages are not just common with resumes; they are necessary to use the CAR resume approach and provide the details of your achievements that will differentiate you in the job market.
Further, in a majority of cases, two pages are expected. Providing just a single-page resume that is missing achievements and is nothing more than an outline of experiences may actually work against you. This mistake can hurt your credibility and leave the impression that you don’t understand what the employer is seeking, not to mention that you either don’t understand or don’t care about current business trends.