Two pages, good!
There are no hard-and-fast rules when it comes to CV length, because it’s the content that influences whether you get the interview or not. If your CV is in electronic format and likely to be added to a job board or employers’/recruiters’ database, it’ll be your use of appropriate keywords that will determine whether or not your CV gets ‘found’, not its length (and i’ll talk more about ‘keywords/buzzwords and phrases’ in the next instalments).
Having said that, I’d strongly recommend sticking to two pages. You never know how your CV is going to be distributed once you’ve sent it to its primary target. Some CV readers might print a hard copy, in which case a two-page CV is far more user-friendly and likely to be read more quickly. Some employers receive hundreds of applications for each job, and they’re unlikely to enjoy reading a detailed three- or four-page document, because it doubles their workload and is time consuming.
A well-written two-page CV is more likely to hold the reader’s attention. And if you choose a format (i.e chronological or skills-based) that suits your situation then that will enable you to prioritise and highlight the most pertinent information, and summarise points that aren’t as important.
Another great reason to limit content to two pages is that you’re demonstrating to the reader that you are able to summarise the most important and relevant aspects of your career. If you have a career spanning several decades, or have had a variety of jobs, then a general rule of thumb to consider is that you only need to summarise your five or six most recent jobs, for example. You don’t need to list jobs going any further back, so that should help you to condense your content down to two pages, which is ample amount of space to provide a suitable summary that will help the reader to peruse your CV quickly.
Talk about achievements
Writing your CV is not an easy undertaking, and it takes much thought and application to make it stand out from the crowd. Employers aren’t simply interested in seeing a list of things you’ve done in your day-to-day work, nor do they just want a list of your skills. If you simply list your skills and duties, you’re making a huge mistake, because [Read more…]