How do you get 20 years of experience into a 2 page CV?
How can I squeeze all the skills I have developed and experience I have gained into just 2 pages of a CV?
This is the dilemma facing many people and, sadly, most fail to do a good job of it.
The fact is recruiters will be put off reading a CV which is too long – even the most dedicated recruiter will not read every word of a 6 page CV, so why put them there in the first place?
In order to keep your CV to 2 pages you have to be ruthless when deciding if something stays or goes - like you do when clearing out your spare room or shed.
Detail that relates to jobs you did over 10 years ago can largely be considered no longer relevant - unless there is a really pressing reason why it should stay it should be discarded.
Most employers will want to look back over your last 3 jobs or 10 years in the expectation that your skills, supported by relevant achievements, will be freshest and most relevant.
Similarly, copying and pasting sections from your current and/or previous official job descriptions take up too much space
and say little, if anything, about you as an individual and your particular set of strengths and achievements.
Many people find it too difficult to be brutal when it comes to pruning their CVs and hand it to a professional to do it for them - it is much easier for a third party to remain objective.
The best way of ensuring that your CV says what it should and sells you in the best way is to get an experienced, professional CV writer to check it for you – or, better still, prepare it for you – but make sure you choose one that can demonstrate lots of experience getting people jobs as well as a good command of the English language, and that doesn't charge you a fortune!
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