Why the one page resume doesn't work anymore

Updating the resume was one of my primary tools in employee appraisals as well as for planning my own career. I was taught to be brief. Yet Heather Leigh writes:

"I don't remember who ever said a resume should be one page. This was adopted as conventional wisdom by the masses. Aside from the fact that the statement is just wrong in my opinion (I'm not that into cookie cutter advice...most advice may work for most people but one size does not fit all), it won't work today."

Updating your resume is always a good idea. It's a technique to measure your growth and refocus on your career objectives. For your current job, explain (to yourself, if no one else) what you're really accomplishing. Use as much space as you need. For recent jobs, a short description and three key accomplishments. For older jobs, say more than 8-10 years ago, just a company name, job title, and employment dates will do.

Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson was a founding instructor at Pragmatic Institute, a role he held for more than 15 years before he left to start Under10 Playbook. In his return to Pragmatic Institute, Steve supports the complete learning path for product teams, ensuring they are fully armed for success. 

Over the course of his career, Steve has helped thousands of companies and tens of thousands of product professionals implement product management processes. He has worked in the high-tech arena since 1981, rising through the ranks from product manager to chief marketing officer. Steve has experience in technical, sales and marketing management positions at companies that specialize in both hardware and software. In addition, he is an author, speaker and advisor on product strategy and product management.


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