Advice For A Great CV

Advice For A Great CV






Short - but not too short - is sweet

As we are looking at in these ten tips on putting together a great CV - of which this is number four - there is a fine art to this process. As a job hunter you want to get ahead of the game and get that new career so the length of your CV is paramount. Recruiters and employers see many so keep yours short...but not too short.

We've already looked at subheadings, formatting and covering letters in this short series and here we look at the often forgotten about importance of length. Keep it brief should be your remit. Obviously don't omit any information that is crucial to securing you that interview and in turn that job but at the same time you don't want to waffle. A recruitment agency or employer see many CV's and know what they are looking for so play to those strengths.

Make every effort to make your CV short, efficient and tightly worded. Bullet points are important when listing achievements or qualifications but don't overuse this technique. The same can be said for lists. There are also certain things that you might feel inclined to duplicate on your CV for the various positions you've held in the past. Don't worry about this. List them once for the most recent or relevant job as this will be of primary importance to the recruiter receiving your CV.

Remember the CV is there to get you an interview, not a job - so you are not aiming to cover absolutely everything.

Different countries have different rules about CVs.  In the UK you should keep it to two pages (the US one is more common).  An exception to this is for an academic position where you should add an appendix with your publications. 

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