Resume Tip: Length of a Resume

By: Sandi Ohman

Due to technology innovations, the job application process is not as clear cut as it has been in years past. One process that has been impacted is the length of the resume. Some conflicting examples are:resume length3

–          One page resume is enough, while others say two pages are required to properly show off accomplishments and help the candidate stand out.

–          A one page resume is appropriate if the candidate has less than five years of experience; five years or more can have a two page resume

–          Three pages is okay if the candidate is applying online

These examples can be confusing, prompting questions such as: When is a two page or more resume okay? How can everything fit on one page, especially if incorporating keywords from a job description?

It is hard to clearly answer each scenario since there are a lot of ‘if …, then …’ in each question. Here are some brief answers that can be used as a basic guide:

  1. Student or recent graduate, little to no work experience
    • One page resume is ideal if giving a hard copy resume to a recruiter/manager
    • When applying on-line, two or more pages are okay, as long as the resume content is relevant. This allows for keywords to be incorporated and help the resume make it through filter systems
  1. Non-traditional student, possibly previous military experience
    • Two page hard copy resume is more commonly acceptable but make sure the content is relevant to the position
    • Two page plus resume when applying online is acceptable
  1. Alumnus with experience
    • One to two page resume, depending on the relevancy of the experience to the position being applied to
    • Two page plus for an online resume is common
  1. Alumnus making a career change
    • Scale the resume back to one page, showing relevant experience to the new career, as well as special training that demonstrates skills in the new career area
  1. Federal Resume
    • This is an online resume that is numerous pages. It is best to use the resume wizard/builder in the USAjobs.gov website, and page length won’t matter

What if the resume is more than a page but not two complete pages? An online application whether there is a page and a quarter or a page and three quarters, or two full pages, length is typically not a problem. However, hard copy resumes either need to be one full page, leaving some white space, or as close to two pages as possible. Ask a professional for their feedback on how to fill in the resume more if it is shorter than two pages and a hard copy resume is needed.

While most companies expect resumes, fewer professions in the US require curriculum vitae (CV). CV’s are more often a minimum of two pages, but typically more than two pages. More information on CV’s can be found on the Career Services website found at http://careers.erau.edu/

Resumes are always changing, whether format, length or content. Keep in mind the most effective resumes are tailored for each position, whether that means one or two pages.

Sandi Ohman is the Senior Program Manager in the Career Services Office at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.  She has been with the university for over 9 years and has advised students in most all degree areas while in Career Services.  Sandi brings additional experience having worked in the finance industry for over 6 years in her previous career.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Florida, and her Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Central Florida.

Be Consistently Consistent

by Kristy Amburgey

0218_land-interview-resume_390x2201-e1271259619853Here is a resume quick tip. One way to make your document look professional and appeal to a broad audience is to be consistent. Consistency shows an employer that you pay attention to details and that you have solid writing skills. As you select formatting and then finalize the resume, go back to ensure that you use the same format throughout the resume. You want to be consistently consistent when composing and proofreading your resume.

Many areas of the resume should be examined for consistency, including the date formatting, spacing, alignment, section headings, bold/italics/underline usage, and more. Other more detailed areas to review include the state abbreviations/spelling out of the state names, periods at the end of the bulleted points, dash marks [en dash (–) and em dash (—)], verb tenses, etc. which you should closely examine before sending your resume to anyone.

The great thing about all of these details is that you get to choose the formatting. Once you select a style, though, run with it. You want to be consistently consistent with the style, format and details of your resume.

Kristy Amburgey is the Associate Director of Career Services – Daytona Beach campus and currently manages marketing and employer relations for the department. She has been with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University for over 10 years.

Planning for Career Week 360° (March 3-7, 2014)

Daytona Beach students, as part of your planning for Career Week 360°, please review some of these tips for success.  Also listed is the schedule of events along with the list of companies that will be attending the Employer Showcase.

Showcase Preparation Tips:

  • Research the companies attending; have questions prepared that can help you gather information from the recruiters
  • Prepare and practice your introduction or elevator speech
  • Relate your background and experiences to the company’s needs; know how you can fit into the organization
  • Apply for opportunities on EagleHire Network or at the company website before the event
  • Bring your Eagle Card ID
  • Bring copies of your resume
  • Leave your cover letter at home; companies do not expect a letter at this type of event
  • Tailor your resume to the companies you want to approach; for anyone with multiple career interests, focus each resume on one area
  • Wear conservative, professional attire; a suit is the best thing to wear; also check out the Career Services Pinterest boards for ideas
  • Know that company representatives might be from any department/functional area; if they do not have information about your area of study, ask general company questions and insight into how to succeed

Employer Advice from Previous Events:

  • Study interview questions prior to coming [to the event] and research our company.  Have a few goals/positions that you are interested in, even if it’s not currently being offered.  It shows you have focus and a plan in mind for your future.  Also, write a bit about your interests outside of work/school – we are looking to hire people and want to get to know you
  • Students should be prepared to respond clearly about their career aspirations/objectives and must be in a position to validate how they will apply their education to meet their career objectives
  • [Students] need to understand what makes them stand out. Highlight teamwork, working to schedules and budgets
  • Students should have a better understanding of what they are looking for
  • Very impressed with the professional dress and presentation of the students
  • Be open to other opportunities; some experience in industry is better than none
  • Don’t ask about the company; some homework needs to be done prior to the Expo

Announcements:

Since we will be in the Henderson Welcome Center, please be mindful of those working and meeting in the facility.

Several companies will only be able to attend one of the two Employer Showcase days.  Teledyne ODI, United Airlines and the U.S. State Department will only be there on Tuesday, March 4.

Schedule of Events:

Last Minute Showcase Prep: Monday, March 3 at 5:30 pm; COB 114

Employer Recruiting Showcase: Tuesday, March 4 from 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm and Wednesday, March 5 from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon; Henderson Welcome Center
*Professional Dress Required; Bring Eagle Card*
**Delta Air Lines will also have a table on the Flight Deck: Tuesday, March 4 from 12:00 noon to 4:30 pm and Wednesday, March 5 from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm**

Bombardier Information Session: Tuesday, March 4 at 6:30 pm; COB 114
*Business opportunities will be discussed*

Orbital Sciences Information Session: Tuesday, March 4 at 6:30 pm; COAS 125

Networking Skill Builder Session: Wednesday, March 5 at 5:30 pm; COA Atrium
*Event sign-up is currently closed as these 60 spots have already been reserved*

NextGen Information Session and Career Opportunities in Support of NextGen- Special Guest FAA’s Deputy Administrative Assistant for NextGen, Pamela Whitley Presenting: Thursday, March 6 at 4:00 pm; COAS 125

Take Action & Follow-up: How to Write A Thank You: Thursday, March 6 at 5:00 pm; COB 118

Currently Registered Employers for the Showcase:
– AAR Corp.
– AeroTurbine, Inc.
– Airline Transport Professionals
– American Eagle Airlines
– Aurora Flight Sciences
– Bombardier Aerospace
– CommutAir
– Compass Airlines
– Delta Air Lines, Inc.**
– Emergency Communications Network
– ERAU International & Graduate Admissions
– ExpressJet Airlines
– Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches
– GE
– Horizon Air
– Jeppesen Sanderson Inc.
– NASA – Kennedy Space Center
– Orbital Sciences Corporation
– Piedmont Airlines
– Raydon
– Republic Airways Holdings
– Rockwell Collins
– Safran USA
– Silver Airways
– SkyWest Airlines
– Spirit Airlines
– Teledyne Oil & Gas
– United Airlines
– U.S. Department of State
– World Fuel Services Corp.
– XCOR Aerospace
– Zodiac Aerospace

Prepare Your Resume for the Industry/Career Expo

By Kristy Amburgey

I am willing to bet, like many other job seekers, that you want to make a great resume-interview-job-fairfirst impression to the employers you meet at the Industry/Career Expo.  One of the best ways to create a positive impression is to have a solid and strong resume.  Your professional attire matters and how you present yourself matters, but your resume is also part of an employer’s evaluation process.

Please review the below list of resume tips as you develop and refine your document for the Expo.  A resume for career fairs and events should be visually enticing as recruiters take only a few seconds to glance at the resume and determine the next steps in interacting with you.

Format

Keep it clean and easy to read.  Important information should be quickly identified in less than 10 seconds.  There should be some empty space but not too much blank page.  Organize the document with the most important information towards the top of the resume.

Why?

Without a clean format, you may lose out to a candidate who has a well-organized and easy to read document.  Format is also typically the first impression you make on the reader, so that impression needs to be a strong one.

Accomplishment-focused

A resume needs to showcase your accomplishments.  List outcomes and results of your experiences, quantifying them as often as possible.

Why?

Employers want to see that you can produce results in whatever role you have done.

Length

A resume for the Industry/Career Expo should be one to two pages in length, depending on your experience levels.  Current students would ideally have a one page document while experienced alumni can use a second full page.

Why? 

A recruiter is only going to spend a few seconds glancing at the resume before making a judgment call about continuing a conversation with you, considering you for an interview or moving on to the next candidate.

Customization

It is a good idea to customize the resume for the companies that you plan to meet and/or the different job types you want to pursue.

Why?

It shows the employer that you spent the time researching and understanding their needs and that you are truly interested in their organization.

Grammar

Even though the resume is a succinct document, you still need to follow basic grammar rules like correct punctuation and proper capitalization.  Spelling and proper word usage are also important.  Don’t rely solely on spellcheck, though, for it does not pick up on all mistakes.

Why?

Grammar and spelling errors are top reasons that employers eliminate resumes from consideration.  Attention to detail is exemplified in a resume.

Clarity

Writing clearly is imperative to getting your point across.  Make sure that all your wording throughout the resume is written in precise statements that do not cause confusion.

Why?

If you can’t communicate via the resume, how will you be expected to communicate in the work place?

Accuracy

The content of the resume must be, without doubt, accurate.  Ensure that things like the degree, GPA, locations and dates worked can be verified by a potential employer.

Why?

Providing incorrect information on the resume is relatively easy for an employer to catch these days, and they do not want an employee who provides incorrect data or is prone to stretching the truth.

Additional Tips:

  • Don’t staple your resume together if it is more than one page; don’t print front and back; a paperclip can keep the pages organized
  • You do not need to present your cover letter to the recruiters at the Expo; cover letters can be shared as you apply online or via email

Kristy Amburgey is the Associate Director of Career Services – Daytona Beach campus and currently manages marketing and employer relations for the department.  She has been with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University for approximately 10 years and with Career Services for nine years.

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