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Standard Length for Resume?

 
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I have a very excellent concise one page resume. Two recruiters called me and insisted that I make it 3 or 4 pages long... ARRRRRGH
I finally made it 2 pages long (just to appease them), but 3 to 4 pages long? Isn't that what the interview is for? It is bad to have a 2 page resume?
 
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Generally it depends on your age / experience. Here we do things a little differently, but as a graduate my CV is 2 pages long. You want to have things nicely spaced so it's easier to read but obviously not just to get more pages. Give a good paragraph for each of the relevent jobs you've had and then probably half a page on your personal interests etc.
 
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Thumb rule.
Add one page per year
 
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How does it possible to make a resume in one page or 2 for a guy with 9 years IT exp including 5 years as consultant :roll:
 
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I can't stand getting resumes 4-5 pages! Reading them, it's often indicative of an inability to succintly communicate.
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Originally posted by R K Singh:
Thumb rule.
Add one page per year


NO NO NO. First CV in the bin.
Graduate 1 page
experienced engineer 2 pages. IMO.
Tony
 
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just getting little away from the main topic.
how important it is to write "objective" on ur CV. I have found personal objective written on every CV i have came across. Do recruiters really read it?
[ December 19, 2003: Message edited by: Prakash Dwivedi ]
 
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Another interestign question regarding the resume is how to catch the eyes of the recruiter. I know there must be millions of Java/J2EE centric resumes flying around in the market.
How to distinguish between you and any other person in the resume?
 
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Originally posted by Edy Yu:
Another interestign question regarding the resume is how to catch the eyes of the recruiter. I know there must be millions of Java/J2EE centric resumes flying around in the market.
How to distinguish between you and any other person in the resume?


You cannot write a CV to catch the eye of a recruiter. No way, apart possibly from writing several books and highlighting them.
You catch the eye of a recruiter (sometimes) by writing a good cover letter. More predictable you catch their eye by following up with a phone call. Every time you send a CV, follow up. After a while the more active recruiters may recognize you and start calling you when they get something....
 
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Originally posted by Tony Collins:

NO NO NO. First CV in the bin.
Graduate 1 page
experienced engineer 2 pages. IMO.
Tony


How can you fit 10 projects in one page ??
 
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My resume is two pages long but could be 4 if I put all of my experience on it. I only put in things that are currently hot in the market. I think that is a bad way to do it but you can't get anyone to seriously look at a resume that is longer than three pages. One page is just not enough with todays market, you need to list as much of your experience as possible. That is what will make the difference in getting hired and not getting hired. :roll:
 
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Originally posted by Edy Yu:
Another interestign question regarding the resume is how to catch the eyes of the recruiter. I know there must be millions of Java/J2EE centric resumes flying around in the market.


A degree from a brand name university usually does it.
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Mark,
For eye catcher sake I can't go back to 'branded' tech school !.
moreover..
I compressed my resume in to 2 pages..the result ??
* full of buzz words
* full of incomplete sentence or just verbs and nouns
* similar to a shopping list
* ugly look due lack of space
I am pretty sure every resume with 9+ year industry exp will be like this
unless someone stay in the same company same role for all the years!
What do you think?
 
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