Less is More in Resume Content


We invited 15 of the top career and job-search experts — our Quintessential Careers Career Masterminds — to share their advice with our readers as part of Quint Careers’s 15th anniversary. We asked them (among six other questions): What are the most common strategic mistakes you see on job-seeker resumes? (See all their responses here.) We’re running a series of responses; here’s one of them: Too wordy. Job-seekers tend to put far too much text on their resumes. Less is more. When you fill a page with long paragraphs, you lose the attention of the reader. It’s just too much to absorb. A two-page resume with plenty of white-space is always read more than a one-page resume stuffed with text.
      — J.T. O’Donnell