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How Long Should a CV Be?

21740234_mCV writing is tough especially when it comes to CV length. You need to include all of your relevant achievements and key skills without writing too much content. So how much content should be on your CV?

There is no right or wrong to this but generally speaking, employers won’t have time to read pages and pages of a CV. You need to get to the point and make all of the relevant information easily accessible. Therefore restricting your CV to one or two pages is advisable.

If you do need to make your CV longer i.e. add snippets from your career portfolio or add extra work experience, then just ensure it is easy to read and you highlight the key skills early on.

If you are struggling to condense your CV to one or two pages here are some tips;

  • Check the content on your CV template and ensure it is relevant. Delete any work experience or content that isn’t relevant to the job – you can talk about this during the job interview.
  • Make the CV font smaller but keep it legible
  • Look at the CV vocabulary – if you have used ‘fancy’ words you’ll be surprised how much room they take up! Consider cutting these down and simplifying the language
  • Look at other CV samples to see what they have included and how they cut the content
  • Look at your CV layout – is there another template or layout you can use that would condense the text?
  • Look at sections that might not be as crucial as others i.e. if you have written lines of text for the hobbies section, reduce this to accommodate for other sections