How many pages do you think a resume should be? Is there a deal-breaker number in your head?




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Senior Director, Defense Programs in Software, 5,001 - 10,000 employees
It’s based on the level & industry. Maybe don’t have more pages than years of experience.
CIO in Education, 1,001 - 5,000 employees
I wouldn’t put a specific number on it. As long as it’s representative of your experience and not just endless filler, it should be as long as it needs to be to adequately represents you.
AVP and Deputy CIO in Education, 10,001+ employees
It definitely depends on the position and experience of the individual. 1-2 pages is appropriate for entry and mid level positions. 1-4 (or more) pages for senior or advanced positions. Reviewing a resume, I give the most time to the first page and cover letter.
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CEO in Services (non-Government), 2 - 10 employees

1 page for a person out of school. For senior executives, I would focus on content and not on size

AVP and Deputy CIO in Education, 10,001+ employees

I agree. Much better said than how I put it.

Senior Director, Defense Programs in Software, 5,001 - 10,000 employees

Folks can do whatever they are comfortable with, but I don’t believe in cover letters. It’s an administrative burden that we shouldn’t make anyone do.

In talking with peers over thousands of interviews, it has never the deciding factor in hiring; but it has been the deciding factor for people not to bother applying.

Senior Information Security Manager in Software, 501 - 1,000 employees
For most resumes, 2 is enough. For a well-experienced IT pro, 3 is the max.
Global Vice President of Sales in Software, 11 - 50 employees
Industry Standard is One Page (inexperienced candidates), Two Pages (for the majority of the market / candidates), and Three Pages (for deeply experienced and/or technical candidates).
CEO in Software, 2 - 10 employees
Resumes are now crafted to "match" the keywords from the job ad - in case the company uses some sort of prefiltering A.I. engine. It's becoming harder and harder to find young people willing to learn (beginning of their career), mid-level career individuals with hands-on experience, and executives with track records. I would highly recommend networking-based recommendations and a clear track record.
Senior Information Security Manager in Software, 501 - 1,000 employees
Depends on the level of experience.

A CxO with 20+ years can have a 4-page resume.

An entry level resume can fit on a single page.

But 2-3 pages is the sweet spot for most people.  
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CEO in Healthcare and Biotech, 11 - 50 employees

Agreed that a CxO with 20+ years can have a 4 page but, that means they would have an insanely strong 2 -page. Particularly as details on the most recent 5 - years would be the most relevant.

Senior Director Engineering in Travel and Hospitality, 10,001+ employees
I think one page is more than enough across any level. If it can’t be summarised then there is something wrong.
There are links to social media platforms like LinkedIn that could be used to point them for more details.

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