Win a copy of Terraform in Action this week in the Cloud forum!
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
programming forums Java Mobile Certification Databases Caching Books Engineering Micro Controllers OS Languages Paradigms IDEs Build Tools Frameworks Application Servers Open Source This Site Careers Other Pie Elite all forums
this forum made possible by our volunteer staff, including ...
Marshals:
  • Tim Cooke
  • Campbell Ritchie
  • Paul Clapham
  • Ron McLeod
  • Liutauras Vilda
Sheriffs:
  • Jeanne Boyarsky
  • Rob Spoor
  • Bear Bibeault
Saloon Keepers:
  • Jesse Silverman
  • Tim Moores
  • Stephan van Hulst
  • Tim Holloway
  • Carey Brown
Bartenders:
  • Piet Souris
  • Al Hobbs
  • salvin francis

resume length

 
Ranch Hand
Posts: 331
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Just got off the phone with a recruiter and he told me that my resume was lacking detail. Currently its about 1.5 pages in length. I have about 4 years of experience. He suggested that I lengthen it to at least 3 pages. Just wondering is this the norm? I have always been told to keep under 2 pages.
 
Author
Posts: 6055
8
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
1.5 years seems fine to me for 4 years. I suspect he wants a resume with either many bullet points (which leaves lots of white space), or a lundry list of buzzwords. In either case, I wonder how good a recruiter s/he is. What firm?
The good recruiters I know don't make many changes to my resume or ask me to. They might ask me to emphasize a few things depending on a particular job, but that's it. They know me well. When they call the company, they tell the company about me. The details of the resume are moot.
--Mark
 
john mattucci
Ranch Hand
Posts: 331
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
The recruiter works for TEKsystems in Toronto. He said that I didnt mention java enough in my resume. That it only appeared 3-4 times. He said that a technical resume can even be up to 10 pages. Ok Ive never heard of that before. Who would want to read a 10 page resume??
 
Mark Herschberg
Author
Posts: 6055
8
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I've never heard of that. A CV for someone with 30 years experience may reach 10 pages--although even that's probably extremely rare.
If I see a resume more than 4 pages, I skim it at best and consider the candidate dubious from the start. If nothing else, s/he doesn't have the ability to succintly communicate.
--Mark
 
Ranch Hand
Posts: 2596
Android Firefox Browser Ubuntu
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
It's a bit different here in India though, 4/5 pages resume for 4 years candidate is quite common. They usually contain a para about your projects, rather than just a list of projects in each company.
However, in US s/w industry, it is extremely rare to have resumes more than 2 pages.
- Manish
 
Ranch Hand
Posts: 45
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Just to comment, I've worked for TEKsystems in the past. I generally found them a nice place work for, as long as I was one of their golden children. In my experience, they aren't much for standing up for their employees, however.
 
You showed up just in time for the waffles! And this tiny ad:
Building a Better World in your Backyard by Paul Wheaton and Shawn Klassen-Koop
https://coderanch.com/wiki/718759/books/Building-World-Backyard-Paul-Wheaton
reply
    Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic