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Should my Finance Resume be One or Two Pages Long?

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This is hands down the biggest concerns of my more experienced clients when I edit their resume and definitely a matter that makes for hot debates on forums.

You should have a Two Page Resume if:

– You have over 10 years of relevant experience and you worked on so many high-profile deals and projects that they just won’t fit on one page

– You’re applying for positions in Australia. In that case even four pages is fine!

In all the other cases it should be a One Page Long Resume.

Here are some tips on how to remove irrelevant parts of your Resume:

– If you have 15 years of experience but only 5 years of relevant finance experience, make sure you cut your marketing experience to a minimum by keeping only what’s relevant to Finance.

– If you have 5 years of work experience but you still want to feature your impressive college activities… it’s time to let go! You’ll still be able to discuss those during interviews.

– If you have such an original format that 200 words only fit in two pages… make the smart decision and use a standard format and turn it into one page.

As you can see a two page resume is the exception more than the rule so don’t listen to your inner demon that wants to keep everything and clean up your resume!

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About Nicolas

Since 2011, I’ve worked with 100+ Investment Banking and Corporate Finance professionals to help them land their dream job. Investment Banking gigs at Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan and Lazard. Corporate finance jobs at Google, Paypal and much more. From Analyst to Managing Directors, I’ve coached my clients on their networking technique and their LinkedIn profiles; I edited their resumes and cover letters, and grilled them during intensive interview preparation sessions. You may have originally discovered me through my work as an Associate Editor at Mergers & Inquisitions where I’ve been writing for over 200,000 readers. I also give speeches on recruiting and career performance in front of large audiences including Fortune 1000 CEOs, executives and… ambassadors! In 2014, given the amazing results we achieved with my clients I decided to quit my financial analyst job, work full time on coaching and I launched 300 Finance Gurus to dig even deeper into the art of finance recruiting. I am now going to grill 300 Managing Directors, CFOs, VPs, Associates and Analysts as well as headhunters and other coaches to give you the best of the best so you can skyrocket your finance career.