Can a resume be 2 pages?

I am a recent college grad, but I can’t seem to get my resume to fit on 1 page. Is there any reason that I might need a 2-page resume?

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If you’re a recent college grad or within 5 years of starting your career, your resume should be 1 page.

There are only a few exceptions to this rule. People with PhDs, especially degree-holders with niche and extensive research experiences, may be able to send in a longer resume, depending on the job position and industry standards. Those with very in-depth industry experience who are applying for more senior roles may also need to exceed the 1-page limit. But for entry-level and junior positions, aim for 1 page. It shows recruiters that you know what is important and relevant to the role and that you can curb yourself. Feel free to make a few versions of your resume so that you highlight the right points for each job.

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I agree with Daniele, it should be 1-page. I think if you are using Google Drive you can really play around with the margins and the Line Spacing to make the resume fit one page.

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First See this one is :top: I changed to SINGLE SPACE
BUT you may still want a little space, but NOT 1.5 what should you do?

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Navigate to Format > Line Spacing > Custom Spacing > Choose where you want the space (above or below)

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This example I put 5 before Data Scientist
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You’re basically saving space around Work Experience > you can play around with custom spacing. I would recommend turning your whole resume into Single Space and add unified spacing throughout!

Playing with margins should be self explanatory, but bullets can get weird sometimes so let me know if you have follow up Q’s!!

Great responses here already. I’ll just add one perspective here: You may already know that hiring managers and recruiters have limited time to review candidates and your resume will probably be one of a hundred that they have to review quickly so it needs to tell your story quickly, short and sweet. One way to test this out is: if someone who doesn’t know you had 30 seconds to glance at your resume, what would they remember 5 minutes later, a day later, a week later? My sense is that the most important points you want to communicate may not jump out if you spread them out over 2 pages.

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