One Page Resume?


I've heard New Grad Resume's should be less than one page long, however my current resume is about 1 1/2 pages. Wondering how true this claim is and if my current page length will hurt my chances of passing the computer screening systems

TIA! ?

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aethereality, CNA

Specializes in Acute care. Has 3 years experience. 8 Posts

First, I am a CNA and I cannot speak for RN resume. I am a new CNA and new to healthcare field so I make my resume one page. I was able to get several interviews at different hospitals. I ended up getting more offers than expected.

Madison Davis

Madison Davis

2 Posts

All of my career advisors strongly suggest finding a way to limit it to one page, but I don't know from an actual recruiting standpoint.


bestallaround, ADN, CNA, LPN, RN

Specializes in Telemetry/Stepdown, Government Nursing. Has 23 years experience. 71 Posts

I second the OP's question. I have been in nursing for 20+ years. Looking for a new position now, I am really having trouble cutting my resume to one page. There isn't much I want to omit. I would really like to keep my awards, community service, and professional memberships. 



Has 6 years experience. 1 Article; 257 Posts

I have always been a one page type of gal, because it is recommended and because it just makes sense to keep it short. But, having never used a two-or-more pager, I can't say which is better. Maybe a two pager would have gotten me a dream job somewhere. But I doubt it.

Maybe the way to decide is to make two resumes: a one pager and a lengthier one. Send them out to different places and see which one gets the most bites.


KatStat, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in Psych, NICU, Clinical Educator. Has 8 years experience. 28 Posts

Speaking from experience as a nursing leader in a hospital, hiring nurses: for a new grad nurse, there's no need to go beyond one page.  More than a page for a new grad nurse would put me off, even if you're a second-career nurse.  It gives the impression that you think you belong in a higher-tier position (not new grad nursing) and you're likely to jump ship when something better comes along. Keep in mind, the only thing recruiters have to judge you by is your resume, and they're flooded with them. They'll spend no more than 15 seconds on your resume to decide if they'll move you to the next phase. 

For experienced nurses, 2 pages would be fine; for someone experienced and looking for jobs in leadership/teaching/etc., 3 pages can be OK, if that includes certifications, publications, awards, etc. 

Basically, the length statement is relative to your years in the field. 

Hoosier_RN, MSN

Specializes in dialysis. Has 29 years experience. 3,561 Posts

1 hour ago, kcozonac said:

Basically, the length statement is relative to your years in the field. 

And position applying for


brissygal, BSN, RN

Specializes in Oncology/Haematology/Stem Cell Transplant, Med/Sur. Has 24 years experience. 110 Posts

KatStat, BSN, MSN, RN

Thank you that is helpful information.