How long should my CV be? The big question. It has generally been understood that a CV should be no longer than two pages. Although this is often the case, nowadays there is room for negotiation.
It depends on who you are and what you do. Below is a guide that explains when a CV of a different length might be appropriate. Please note that your individual circumstances might be different. Someone who has just left school and has no experience might still be able to complete two pages if they have numerous community activities, sporting achievements and/or academic projects and prizes that they can include.
In summary, these are my guidelines on the appropriate number of pages for a CV:
When a one page CV is acceptable
When a two page CV is required
When a three page CV may be appropriate
When it comes to three page CVs, one of my favourite techniques is to compose a standard two page CV but then use the third page to add something totally new. From my experience, the best examples include:
The most important note to remember is that if you are choosing to deviate from the ‘usual’ two page CV, then it has to be clearly justified.
Graeme Jordan is a CV Writer and Interview Coach who helps candidates at all levels in a range of industries to get interviews and get selected. See more at www.GraemeJordanCV.com
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