/ Asked by Nichole
I am currently applying to graduate school. In the application requirements, they ask for a resume. I know usually for employment a resume should be no longer than two pages, so should I keep my resume for grad school within the same criteria (2 pages or less)?
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, October 17, 2014
Yes, two pages is a good guideline, unless have several years of experience to account for.  The most important thing about a resume is structuring it in a way that keeps the reader engaged  and reading through the entire document.  Formating is key.  Do not clutter the resume with too much detail.  Use bullet points to provide a high level explanation of you career and accomplishments within you career.  Of great importance in my opinion, are you other activities, such as community or campus volunteer and/or leadership activities.  These tell the reader of your resume a little bit about your character and the type of person you are.  Keep in mind, the purpose of a resume is to pique the reader's interest in you to the point where they want to find out more and bring you in for an interview.
Answered by Ellen, Hiring Expert at Hospira, on Monday, October 20, 2014
Yes, that would be a good rule to follow.  Keep the resume with information that is important to the graduate school(s) of interest.  The application you will be completing will also contain other information that will be important for the university.  The resume should state your accomplishments and any internships or research you have done.  Best of luck with grad school!
Answered by Sharon, Hiring Expert at Mutual of Omaha, on Monday, October 20, 2014
Yes, you should keep it to two pages unless you are at an executive level. You should include a qualifications summary, your work experience, and education experience. You want to keep it concise and clear to demonstrate your qualifications for their graduate program.
Answered by John, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Wednesday, October 22, 2014
I would definitely encourage you to visit your career services department at your present institution. They have a lot of resources that they can offer students to help them obtain their post undergraduate interest. To your question, whenever you provide any information you should keep in mind your audience and try to make the most of their time. I think being consistent and concise would be a great approach.
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