Why has the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC) placed a five-page limit on the length of applicant resumes?
This change offers significant benefits to the administration of FLETC’s hiring program by adding greater efficiency in the hiring process and encouraging candidates to focus on their specific qualifications and the experience they possess for the job they are competing for. By reducing the number of pages to be reviewed by selection panels, the resume page limit yields greater efficiency in that phase of the hiring process. The point of a resume is to give a glimpse of the applicant’s experience, skills, knowledge, and abilities as they relate to a specific job. Limiting the number of pages forces applicants to be discerning about the information they are putting forward for review and consideration. Limiting the number of pages is a common practice in the private sector and one that is being emulated in the public sector.