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New post 13 Mar 2013, 06:22
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One page is good, and two pages works as well (unless the school specifically asks for one page). Two pages will not in any way look unprofessional as long as you have stuff to fill it, and esp. for older candidates, or "multitaskers" who have lots of varied business experience, two pages is probably even better.

I've found people with two pagers in finance for anything less than an MD band to generally be either too wordy or think too highly of themselves. I usually urge others to keep it to one page for everyone's interest.


Hmmm maybe, and I agree that actually it's a bit different when you apply for a job, but I from what I have seen from applications, I haven't seen it have any negative affect at all to have two pages when there was what to fill it with.
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The quick standard I've been taught is one page for each decade...

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Most of the schools specifically mention only ONE page CV. I saw only a very few schools mentioning no more than 2 pages. Only a rare few of my target schools (the very first round) have not mentioned anything about length.

On a separate note, one funny school specified their essay to be less than 750 words and when I submitted they asked me for few additional areas like hobbies, international exposure, ethical dilemma, social service, blah blah and finally the essay was 5000 words!!

1 page is more than enough to share the key things and too less to list your laundry lists.

A good school normally specify

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Line spacing
Paragraph spacing

Only when you go to that kind of details, you can claim to compare apple to apple.

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1. WHEN BOTH QUALITY AND QUANTITY HAVE EQUAL WEIGHT-AGE:
Once you grow in your career, you’ll come to know that things that were once applicable on your resume aren’t any longer. For instance, on the off chance that you’ve been in your career a couple of years or are changing professions , there’s no compelling reason to list each duty for each position. Figure out how to perceive while trading off the quantity of your experiences will affect the nature of your employment story. On the off chance that you have enough experience in your area, training, and certifications relating to the position to feature on more than one page of your resume, at that point put it all on the lines.

In the event that you can compactly quantify your achievements or your employability skills list to tell how you played a part, job, venture, or task in a better way and you require more over one page to show it viably, that is time (and space) well invested.

2. WHAT REGARDING EXTRA SPACE?
On the off chance that the content on the second page is just one or two lines, you might need to consider reformatting and adhering to the one page rule. Something else, don’t be excessively worried about the additional space on the 2nd page. Employers have limited attention spans and won’t have any desire to check more data than they need to.

3. WHEN YOU ARE FALLING SHORT ON SPACE:
When you get to this stage, it’s fine to proceed and super-size your resume to an excess of one page. You won’t be thrown away on the Island of Misfit Resumes. Truly, the recruiter will give you additional brownie marks for not attacking his or her visual perception with 8-size fonts or prompting the eyeball cha-cha—where your eyes need to move everywhere throughout the page to discover the info. you require.

Finally, what’s the lesson from this resume length debate? In todays digital application era, size doesn’t generally make a difference. So long as you are telling a convincing tale about your work history that is simple on the eyes, your page breaks will be excused !
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Some MBA programs (Duke, Michigan, Yale) require 1 page resume, while others allow 2 pages (Chicago, Columbia) or have no limit. You need to read the aapplication instructions and follow them. Keep in mind that some schools have their own resume format which you need to download and use.
You can see a full list of resume requirements and resume tips here: https://aringo.com/mba-resume-tips-and-requirements/
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