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How long should a resume be?

August 9, 2012

This question is one that receives many opinions, and few or none of them are wrong…..unless someone makes the number of pages an absolute. The length of a resume should be as long as it takes to fairly, and succinctly, tell a client’s story. The latest buzz is that less is more, shorter is better, and I don’t disagree. But again, if a client has a 25-year career full of accomplishments, awards, honors and just good stuff, then that good stuff should be included and Bettie Biehnfeatured. My major rule of thumb is to “put the good stuff on the first page”, and, as newspaper editors would say, as much “above the fold” as possible. Does this answer the question, or only muddle things more?

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