Ask PediaStaff: One Page Resume or Two?,
Question: “I am a recent graduate with my Masters in Occupational Therapy. One of our professors recommended that we keep our resume/CV to one page. In my case though, I worked for 3 years as a Behavioral Interventionist with children with autism before I started grad school.
In addition, I have several excellent externships/clinicals during my Masters that I would like to mention.
Should I include my pre-masters experience, or ditch it and stay with the single page?”
Answer: The one page resume convention, is just that – a rule of thumb, and is not something that should be set in stone. If you have experience that pre-dates your degree and is highly relevant to your career path – and in your case it IS – by all means include it in your resume and go to two pages. But still be stingy with your word count!
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