Key Factors to Give the Best Shape to Your Resume & Cover
Letter, Part 3
(What Resume Format To
Use....Number Of Pages....and More!)
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Number of Pages for a Resume and Cover Letter
One page each; that is the general rule in cover letter and resume writing practices. Job hunters have been reminded time and again that when writing a resume and/or a cover letter, they should be concise and straight to the point. Keep the details direct and format each page to accommodate all information in one single page. The question is that ‘is that really possible?’ What if the applicant has so much to include? There are just too many important details and it is not possible to leave out any. Another question is: Is that rule for real? Is that an unbreakable rule? It can be really daunting indeed - to be restricted to just use one page for all the things that you want to say and the information you want to brag about. But, that is the rule. So, what do you do? do you really compress everything you have in a page when writing a resume? Or do you break the rule?
Unbreakable Rules in Writing a Resume and Cover Letter
Let’s analyze that rule. Whoever came up with the rule is, basically restricting job applicants in what they can include in their resumes and cover letters. Is the rule unbreakable? Of course not! The cover letter and resume writing unbreakable rules are:
• Do Not Lie
• Do Not Write Negative Information
• Do Not Use Senseless Statements and Useless Words
• Typos, Spelling Mistakes and Grammar Mistakes Should be Avoided at all Costs
One-Page Rule is Breakable Rule
What about one-page resume and one-page cover letter? Not unbreakable rule. So, what do you do? The best answer is to write a resume and a cover letter filled with quantitative facts regarding your education and work records, and then highlight on your skills, achievements and experiences. If everything that you want to write is not going to fit into one page, then go for a second page. It would not hurt your chances of getting an interview just because you submitted a two-page resume or a two-page cover letter.
Three or More Pages?
One of the main reasons why one-page and two-page resumes and cover letters are more acceptable is because most hiring managers and recruiters usually just take quick peeks at these documents. If your resume is long but does not have relevant information included, it might end up in the bin. A short, one-page resume though that highlights points relevant to the company’s goals and the job description, has a better chance of being scrutinized more. Using three pages is probably ‘an overkill’ but it could be justified. For online submissions, a three-page resume and cover letter is not really an issue. For written documents though, submitting a resume and cover letter with three pages (or more) each may be a big turn-off for the potential employer, hiring manager or recruiter. More than two pages may be acceptable for people applying for executive-level or managerial jobs. Typically, these people have accumulated too much experiences, accomplishments, achievements and certifications. If most of these points are relevant to the job, then including them should be essential.
Guideline in Determining the Number of Pages to Use for Writing a Resume and Cover Letter
A one-page resume is usually common for people who have limited employment experience. High school graduates, college students looking for internship posts, fresh college graduates and people who have significant gaps in employment history are the ones one who usually find themselves with single-page resumes and cover letters. It is obvious that if you have no previous work experience and you are going for an entry-level job, there is not much you can add to justify a longer resume. For those who have been playing on the employment field for many years, using two pages is the norm. In some cases, new graduates with several relevant skills, internship, apprenticeship, leadership and extracurricular experiences also benefit from using a two-page resume.