[ERE] New Survey Declares Winner in One-page vs. Two-page Resume Debate

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On this subject, here is an article about CV length: To debate whether one-page resumes are more effective than two-page resumes feels a lot like mysteriously waking up in 1995. Thanks to the Internet, most professional profiles are viewed on websites like LinkedIn, making the actual length mostly irrelevant. Automated sourcing tools make length even less important.

The battle, according to a new survey by ResumeGo, still rages on.

From October 15 to November 2, 2018, ResumeGo, a professional resume writing service, conducted a study including 482 professionals. The company says that everyone in the report had direct experience with employee recruitment and were either recruiters, hiring managers, human resources professionals, or C-suite level executives. Participants went through a hiring simulation where they screened resumes for a variety of  positions.

Half of the resumes used in the test were one page in length. The other half were two pages in length. All the resumes were printed on an 8.5” x 11” piece of paper. One-page resumes varied in length from 350 to 500 words while two-page resumes varied in length from 700 to 850 words.

And the Winner is …

The myth that recruiters are likely to skip lengthier CVs may now officially be busted. According to the survey, recruiters are 2.3 times as likely to prefer two-page resumes over one-page resumes. Specifically, out of the 7,712 resumes that participants chose in the simulated hiring process, a whopping 5,375 of these resumes were two pages in length.

For those recruiting for executive talent, this won’t be a surprise. Longer resumes are commonplace for executive-level searches, as it’s hard to fit decades of experience into a single page. The traditional school of thought that entry-level candidates should only provide a one-page resume may also be false. ResumeGo said employers are 1.4 times as likely to prefer two-page resumes over one-page resumes when it came to entry-level job openings.

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