The Death of the One-Page Resume?

Brevity still packs a punch, but career experts say this age-old rule-of-thumb has fallen out of favor.

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Still, some managers like Jamie Morgan, who's responsible for staffing at Microsoft's online services, say they don't mind reading resumes longer than one page, as long as the presentation is straightforward. "I'm more interested in the content than the length," Morgan says. "I've seen people accomplish it very well in one page, and I've seen people accomplish it in two or three pages."

Therein lies the key: accomplishing it well. Ellen Gordon Reeves, a career advisor and author of Can I Wear my Nose Ring to the Interview?, says too many resumes are long for the wrong reasons. "A lot of people who have two-page resumes really could have a one-page resume, but they're not using the space efficiently."

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If you do go for two pages, make sure your second page doesn't include an awkward amount of white space. If you're only using a quarter of the second page, try to condense it into one page instead. And if you're at one-and-a-half pages, play with the layout and fonts to use that leftover space, giving your accomplishments room to breathe. Don't forget to include your name on both pages and number them in case they get separated.

The lesson here? Do what works for you. "You shouldn't listen to some arbitrary, ridiculous rule that just won't die," says Dawn Bugni, a resume writer and former recruiter. "The only [real] rule for a resume is that it's accurate and it lands an interview."

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