perfect length for a CV

What’s the perfect length for a CV?

There’s a lot of discussion going on at the moment about the perfect length for a CV. Some employers have requested that candidates submit a CV of only one page, where others expect to see an overview of your skills and experience in no more than two pages.

One things for sure, no employer is going to wade through a war and peace style document just to find out if your suitable for the job.

Editing a CV can be hard work and time consuming, so you’ll want to ensure that you deliver an application that ticks all the boxes on the job advert but also refrains from irrelevant information.

Here’s our top tips on avoiding the waffle and keeping your CV to a manageable length.

Use bullet points
Bullet points are an excellent way of providing details of past experiences in an easy to read, succinct format. Ditching the lengthy and overly wordy paragraphs will not only make it easier for the employer to pick out the skills and experience they’re looking for, but it will also significantly reduce the length of your CV.

Take out irrelevant information
If details of any additional qualifications you might have studied on the job or volunteering work don’t directly relate to the role you’re applying for then leave them out. Employers have a limited time to spend scrutinising your CV and you don’t want to distract their attention away from your key selling points with items that are totally irrelevant.

Use the job spec
Once you’ve finished condensing and refining your CV, print it out. Then print out a copy of the job advert or specification and tick off each item the employer is looking for as you read through your CV. If you’ve missed a key skill the employer is looking for that you actually have, then go back and edit your CV once more.

Remember, the employer will be scoring you against this ‘tick list’ so it’s important you pay close attention to the criteria.

For expert advice on giving your CV the edge, check out our free CV Surgery here.

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Emma Bonfiglio

About the author, Emma Bonfiglio

Managing Director at Appointments, Emma has spent 15 years building up a stellar reputation for commercial recruitment excellence across a variety of industries and sectors. There’s no staffing challenge Emma hasn’t encountered and her insight into the recruitment landscape has assisted countless clients achieve their goals over the years.

Specialising in the legislative and procedural side of business operations and through her extensive knowledge and continual training, Emma has a wealth of legal and contractual recruitment knowledge to help advise and support organisations of any size and in any industry.