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Question:

I am a second-year associate, and I want to find a new job. I've always read that resumes should not exceed one page. Do you agree? (B.A., Washington, DC)

Should a resume be only one-page long?

Answer:

Dear B.A.,

Many attorneys place too much emphasis on the length of their resumes. Here's the rule I tell my candidates: Your resume should be as long as it needs to be in order to persuasively and effectively communicate your background without wasting space or providing irrelevant information.

As a general rule, if you can fit all of your relevant experience on one page, this is ideal. But if you are judicious with your descriptions and headings and still need more than one page, don't sweat it.