Once upon a time in CV advice …
When asked this question I reflect back to one of my earliest experiences in the field of recruitment and careers. I was working as a recruitment consultant. I had a vacancy for a Quality Engineer advertised and I received an application by post which was a 14 page CV. I would like to advice readers that this was a time before email and technology. The role was quite urgent so I told the jobseeker that we would use the current CV BUT it was too long and we would have to amend it for future roles. After 1 hour at the fax the last page went of the employer. Anyway the jobseeker was called for interview and he completed the interview. I phoned him for feedback shortly after. He told me that the interview went great and made a point of telling me that the employer had commented on how good his CV was.
CV with no more that 3 pages
I guess the point of this story is that people read CV’s and each person has a different taste. This is why it is difficult to give a 100% confident answer about how long a CV should be. My advice is anywhere between 2 and 3 pages but 1 page summary CV’s are common.
CV with important information on page 1
Let’s move away from the length for a minute. A more important point is that whatever the length of your CV it is essential that any relevant information can be accessed on the first page of the document. Many hiring managers don’t take the time to read a CV in full and often make interview decisions in as little as 30 seconds. Do not leave it to chance that a client will read your CV in full.
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