Why the fuss over a 3-4 page resume?  My experience spans 30 years, and there is no way for me to convey my experience and skill set in a shorter version.    ---Director of Engineering, interior fixtures [not employed currently]

Paul: I understand that you may feel that a shorter resume doesn’t do your background justice, but I always say to think of one’s resume as the ‘trailer’ to the movie, not the movie itself.  The resume should be a brief summary that briefly touches on enough of the high points to interest the viewer in knowing more (not unlike a movie trailer), without distorting one’s background or being misleading.  Keep it to two pages maximum and one page if possible.  Recruiters, hiring managers and human resources and personnel professionals are receiving more resumes than ever.  When they receive a multi-page resume, they do what we all often do when sent a mulit-page document:  unless it was something we were looking for or had requested, we put it aside to read when we have more time.  And guess what?  That time may never come, and the person who received your resume may have even forgotten about it once the newest 15-20 e-mails arrived in their inbox.  Remember, most employers really are most interested in your past 10-15 years of experience.  For examples of one page resumes, feel free to e-mail me.

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