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397: Resume

How long is your resume?

Show notes and links:
https://qz.com/434117/recruiters-read-a-tiny-portion-of-your-resume-if-they-read-it-at-all/
http://www.businessinsider.com/ideal-rsum-length-for-google-2014-10
https://www.forbes.com/sites/lizryan/2016/05/02/how-long-should-my-resume-be-and-15-other-resume-tips/#12df39783868
https://icc.ucdavis.edu/materials/resume/resumecv.htm


Full episode script

Applying for a job has to be one of the most nerve-wracking things to do, especially if you’ve not done it much. Trying to describe all of your experience and qualifications in a very quick, short format can be intimidating. Trying to fit it all on one page makes it even more so.

One of the most commonly-asked questions about resumes is how long they should be, likely because of this challenge. What can make it even more intimidating may be a study that is often cited (though, from what I can tell, not repeated) that recruiters often look at a resume for just 6 seconds or less before deciding if they will move forward with an applicant.

That is, of course, assuming that a human looks at the paper at all. Computerized applicant tracking systems tend to sort out and score resumes on the basis of keywords, basic qualifications, and whatever other programmatic criteria a recruiter sets up.

So after you get through a computerized system, and the 6-second overview, how much information should you include? Nearly everything I can find suggests 1-2 pages. Business Insider quotes a Google executive as suggesting that you put together one page for every 10 years of experience.

I’ll admit – I cheat. Or at least I have the last few times I’ve applied for jobs. In addition to creating a one-page resume as most job applications specify, I’ve created a website for that specific application. Which, frankly, is because I hated limiting myself to just one page.

Then again, if you’re in an educational environment, a resume is not the preferred job application documentation anyway. CV, or curricula vitae, are less about summarizing your qualifications and is more about listing everything you have ever done — which means the length could be all over the place.

This script may vary from the actual episode transcript.