So today I picked up a copy of the "Collegiate Times," Virginia Tech's campus newspaper, and I came across this headline: "Top-notch resume tips to land leading lucrative jobs." I was intrigued, and I began reading. I hadn't even gotten through the second paragraph before an expletive escaped my lips.
The second paragraph reads: "'Some students think that resumes should only be one page. That's wrong, absolutely wrong!' said Instructor of English Ed Weathers. He said that the most common and detrimental myth of resume writing is that employers want a short, one page resume. 'If you have good experience, if you have lots of relevant coursework, if you have had several different jobs, then your resume is probably going to go to at least two pages.'"
AT LEAST two pages?! But Ed, according to ex-recruiter and management guru Mark Horstman, resumes should NEVER be two pages, let alone more!
The rest of the article wasn't a total loss, with someone from Career Services saying that "employers spend around 15 to 20 seconds looking at a resume and that utilizing that moment by showcasing one's most impressive and relevant experiences and accomplishments is key." This part at least, rang fairly true to M&M's advice.
However, I still can't believe that such absolutely terrible advice regarding the length of a resume is being printed in a widely read newspaper, and that potentially thousands of VT students will now be adding excess information to their resumes in the hopes of hitting Weathers' two-page benchmark, thinking it will make them seem more accomplished.
I guess it gives me an advantage though. :-p