This is one of the top questions I receive from professional in the golf and turf industry – how long should my resume be? There are many factors that determine resume length. Here are some guidelines to help you determine what is best in your specific situation.
First, consider your experience level and tenure. In general, most Assistant Superintendents would not have enough experience to warrant two pages, but after 10-15 years in the industry, it would be difficult to fit all of your experience, professional involvement, education, and skills on one page. Professionals at the executive level or premier golf facilities will typically have two to three pages of resume information.
Second, consider the position for which you are applying. The higher level the position, the more likely your resume will merit being longer. For example, the pool of qualified candidates for an Assistant Superintendent job is large, whereas a Top 50 golf facility may only ask a small number of professionals to apply. The search committee considering a small number of applicants will be much more willing and eager to read a longer resume in contrast to an entry level role with possibly hundreds of applicants.
Third, consider your resume format. Maximize each page by having margins less than an inch. Don’t let your contact information dominate the top part of page one – this is critical space to get the reader’s attention.
Forth, remember that the goal is to set yourself apart and get an interview. The interview will provide an opportunity to tell your story and expand on your resume.