Can someone be interested in a 7 page resume?

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Can someone be interested in a 7 page resume?

How many pages does your resume have? One? Maybe two? Most of us try to summarize the CV as much as we can, are we doing the right thing? Will we have more chances of being hired if the resume is longer?

1-2 pages is the average length of a standard resume. If we think that inside those sheets lies our whole work life (including our personal data and the jobs that have had a huge impact on our professional career), the space may appear to be rather short. To many of us, especially to those who love to write, the average length might not seem like enough, and we might want to keep on writing.

Sadly enough, in most cases, writing more than 2 pages in a resume turns out to be inefficient and excessive. Especially one of 7 pages of length.
The truth is that we could actually do it, and the results might be pretty attractive. However, there are two main problems that come along with writing a long CV:

  • The first one is the time of the recruiter/employer. In these times, what most people want is to minimize time at all costs. 1-2 pages could be read in two or three minutes. 3-7 pages, on the other hand, could take up to 10 minutes to read. Meaning that 3 resumes (maybe a few more) could be read in the same amount of time.
  • The second problem is associated to the recruiter’s attention. Imagine that you’re a person who hates to read about history, and you’re asked to read a 20 page article about an armed conflict in the twentieth century. You’ll probably agree to read it, but once you’ve reached page 5, you won’t want to know anything else about the document. And from that moment on, you’ll read without paying attention to what’s written.
7 pages resume
7 pages resume

The same thing happens with employers. Once they’ve read the first two pages, it’s most likely that they will feel that it’s enough. Especially if we think that it’s someone that he/she doesn’t know, and that could be replaced with any other candidate from the pile of resumes waiting to be reviewed.
Some sources even suggest that a resume should only be one page long, but this is still relative and debatable. 

Now, you might be in a place where you don’t know what to leave out or leave in the resume. Everything might seem relevant and indispensable, and in a way or another, it is. Fortunately, there’s a very useful technique that allows you to write all you need, in very few words.

What do to with long paragraphs in the resume?

Think about one or two words that describe your whole experience in the job you’re writing about. For example, “enriching”. Then think, why is it enriching? Then try to answer that question in a sentence of 15-20 words. You’ll find out that even though you have a lot to say about your work history in that company, if you find the right words, you’ll be saying plenty and writing pretty little.

Another advice that can help you is writing those paragraphs that don’t contribute to the job you want to get. If they don’t relate at all to the position or are jobs that you had at 16, don’t include them, because they’ll only take up space and won’t increase your chances.

The answer to the main question is no. You’ll hardly find someone who takes an interest in a resume with more than two pages. The main thing is to try and adapt the CV in a brief and concise way. The purpose of this is to catch the attention of the employer and prevent the resume to end up in the garbage bin or –more technologically- in the recycle bin. After all, if the recruiter wants to know more about your work history, he/she can ask about it in the job interview.

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