Everyone has heard it or read it – “Keep your resume to one page”. Truth or Myth? Mostly myth, a resume does not have to be one page any longer.
The most important factor to consider when putting your resume together is your experience and background. It’s the content, quality information that will make you stand out. Being concise is very important; no one wants to read a rambling resume of four or more pages detailing every success since the 90s. There is nothing wrong with a one page resume. However, there is no need to cram it all on one page when a two page resume will do a better job presenting your qualifications.
One page resumes are fine for new graduates or someone who has only had one job. However, a new graduate Nurse Practitioner for example with ten years of RN experience should list and explain that experience. It can make all the difference.
Your goal is to structure your resume to highlight your relevant experience and that might need two or three pages. A brief description for each of most recent jobs is helpful to show the person reading the resume (many times it is HR who sees it before the department manager) that you have the right experience. Be sure you review how your resume is formatted and check the spacing.
Your goal is to get an interview so you can show them you’re more than a piece of paper. You just have to make sure that paper resume shows them that you have the experience they need.
Adrienne Archer of AVA Search Group specializes in Nurse Practitioner jobs and Physician Assistant jobs.