Does your CV look big in this?

Does your CV look big in this?

 15 Feb 2018

Does your CV look big in this?
 
We get to see so many kinds of CV’s – different languages, different lengths and styles.  There is much debate about how long our CV’s should really be.  It may in fact be that we are asking the wrong question, perhaps we should be asking how long does our CV need to be to be effective.  So, lets delve further into the CV rabbit hole to work out exactly how long our CV should be.
 
Quite often candidates will say that they don’t want to miss anything out when it comes to their CV, they don’t want anything to slip by the hiring manager that may get them an interview.  Usually this results in a CV that will be anywhere from 5 pages to over 10.  When we think about it, this isn’t anywhere near effective.  When you create a new business or have an idea, they say you should have an elevator pitch that will be short, punchy and result in increased interest in your idea.  The CV should do exactly the same.
 
Candidates often think that a CV is a document about their career, and because of this it needs to have everything about your career in it.  A better way to think of it is that it is in fact a document designed to get you an interview with one specific employer.  That’s all, nothing more, nothing less. 
 
So how do we design our CV so that is gets us an interview rather than tells our entire history minute by minute?  Simple, we focus on the results of our career.  When you are filling in your responsibilities and duties try and focus on the results of your position.  Often, this alone will halve the length of your CV.  Most of the time when we are applying for a position related to our current career path the individual reviewing your CV will know what is expected of and what day to day responsibilities someone in your position would have.  What they don’t know about you is how you performed, so address this and create a dynamic and results orientated CV.
 
Another sure-fire way to trim down our CV is to cut out all of the responsibilities and results of positions that are further back in our career, I would perhaps elaborate on the last decade of your career and leave the rest, usually this will be the most useful and related experience.
 
Other small things that you can remove that can create a better CV would be your subjects and individual results from high school or keep your skills list short by having a self-imposed limit of say 6-10 skills that set you apart.
 
With these changes you should be looking at a CV that will be no more than 2 pages long.  You want to be able to read any point of it and be impressed by it, rather than bored.  Put yourself in the hiring manager / HR’s shoes and make it easy for them to pick you. 

 

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