ery few people are interesting enough or have enough accomplishments to warrant anything near 25 pages.
But let's not cloud the issue with size. Instead let's focus on content and intent. Intent comes first.
A resume's initial sole purpose as a document - is to be read. If it's not read, no mater the length, it was, it was a waste of time. And by read I mean by a hiring manager or someone in a position to do something.
The major problem with most resumes, in my opinion, is that they are bland, boring, and banal. If the goal is to get noticed and read AND called or invited in for a discussion - 99% of them fail to launch.
I am a proponent of 1-page resumes. I have been for years. In my opinion a good 1 page resume grabs a readers attention, focuses on the 'value' they can bring to the reader [because they copiously researched the reader's needs and smacked them with a 2x4 of accomplishments and experience] and provokes the reader in to action. As Randall pointed out, a recruiter only needs 1-page AND often one sentence to decide they want to meet them.
I believe a resume is a marketing document and it's only goal is to get the writer in front of the reader.
Many people will disagree with me because a 1-pager doesn't give the recruiter enough information to 'judge' them adequately. They want an opportunity to show the employer how they fit and that is best done face-to-face. Here's a link to a book I wrote that covers the subject in more depth for anyone who may be interested: www.GM4JH.com
thanks for the article Mona.