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The longer the resume, the more qualified you are? Ask Abe for an honest answer!

The longer the resume, the more qualified you are? Ask Abe for an honest answer!

Click to see Abe's 2-page resumeLately I’ve been seeing more and more of what I call “resume books” — and I’m not referring to actual books on how to write a resume. I’m talking about resumes that are so long that they are venturing into book territory. I just reviewed a 7-pager, and this was not an academic CV. The job seeker wanted to put all of his experiences out there so that employers can see how much he has accomplished. Should these manifestos come with a Kindle version?

Since it’s President’s Day, I’m turning to Abe Lincoln to shed light on this issue. A few years ago, I developed a President’s Day feature for Monster that included Abe’s resume in Monster’s format, but I wanted to see how long his resume would be in Word format. Click here to view the PDF. Yes, two pages — with room to spare — did the trick. You would vote for him after reading this, right?