Death of the Two Page CV?
When did the generally accepted opinion that a CV should not exceed two pages? When did quantity overrule quality? Have we reduced our most important and personal document to a collection of well-worn clichés? It would appear so.
Research based upon 2000 submissions carried out by Professor AC Grayling’s New College of the Humanities listed overlong CVs as one of the most common mistakes certain to annoy hiring managers.
The research also revealed the average manager spends just three minutes reviewing a CV while one in five makes a decision in a matter of seconds. We recommend to all candidates that they follow these basic CV rules:
1. Always tailor your CV to the role
2. Have you heard of the ‘elevator pitch’? This applies to written communications too
3. Avoid clichés such as ‘good communicator’ and ‘team player’. This is a waste of valuable space and adds nothing to your credentials
4. If in the role description you can’t identify the role’s key skills and qualities, call the recruiter or hiring manager and ask them
5. Never bury good news. For example, If you are bi-lingual, make your CV mentions this immediately
6. Sell your achievements. Don’t provide a list of repetitive day-to-day tasks
7. Ultimately most organisations are interested in candidates who can make money, save money and manage others. These are achievements
8. Don’t be afraid of white space. The more the better
9. Document formatting is a must. Don’t ruin your story by making it look ugly
10. Remember that most hiring managers spend seconds looking at CVs. Tell me what is important and tell me quickly.
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