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You know you must keep your CV brief to ensure that it gets your message across swiftly, but you also want to cram in all of your skills and knowledge without missing anything important.
If you have a six-page CV and you are struggling to cut it down to a manageable size, the following tips should help you transform it into a short and to-the-point document, without losing any of its power.
1. Know what’s important
Before you start making efforts to reduce the size of your CV, it’s essential to spend some time researching your target employers. Without knowing what your most in-demand skills are, and which skills are less valuable on the market, it will be difficult to edit your CV effectively.
Scan through a wide selection of job adverts that you might apply for, and make a list of the most commonly occurring requirements in terms of experience, qualifications, skills and knowledge.
Once you have built a list of sought-after talents, you will be in a much stronger position to adapt your CV accordingly.
2. Shorten older roles
A common mistake that leads many candidates towards possession of a lengthy CV, is the inclusion of too much detail in dated roles.
Recruiters will spend lots of time scrutinising your current and recent roles, but they won’t be particularly interested in work that you did five, ten or even twenty years ago.
If you have dated roles that are stretching over many lines of text, then look to start shortening them down. Older roles are only really included to give readers an idea of your background and career progression – so there’s no need for granular detail in them.
Below is a sample CV section that shows how dated roles can be listed to save space – a short summary or even just the title and dates will suffice in a many cases.
3. Cut out irrelevant information
Once you’ve researched your target employers and you understand what your most in-demand skills are, you can start to cut out some of the less relevant details. Scan through your CV profile, role descriptions, education, and remove anything that may be surplus to requirement.
For example, is that first aid course you did ten years ago really going to help you secure an interview for a finance role? There will probably be some instances where you can just shorten down information too if you are worried about cutting it out completely.
4. Write concisely
Long-winded sentences that fail to get the point quickly, will easily push your CV onto three or four pages if you let them. Avoid overusing personal pronouns, (I did, I was etc.) cut out filler words, (just, so, very, really etc.) and try to keep your bullet points to one line or less.
For example, instead of writing:
You could reduce the sentence and improve its message by writing:
Keeping your statements brief like this will not only save space on your CV, but will make your messages easier to read and more impactful.
If you are missing out on job interviews due to a lengthy CV, then try some of the above tactics to reduce its size without losing vital information.
Ideally you should try and keep your CV to around two pages in length in order to hold the attention of recruiters and hiring managers, and persuade them to invite you to interview.
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