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    How long is your CV ? (Graduate and post graduate students only please). A lot of CV guides suggest a 2 page CV is perfectly acceptable, whereas others suggest 1 page is the max you should go.

    What do you think and why?
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    I know im not a post graduate

    but my teacher always told us too keep CV'S too 2 pages whatever we do
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    I'm not a graduate either but i've been to lots of workshops on CV writing and had my CV checked over by graduate recruiters and 2 pages is always recommended. 1 page is too short, 3 pages is too much.
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    1 page is perfect if you can, 2 pages is perfectly acceptable, but never more. The general rule of thumb is that everything you want an employer to read should be on the first page, with extra background, details and such on the second, if you have one. One grad recruiter once said to me that 2 page CVs are fine, if you're applying to be a senior manager, as you'd expect to have 2 pages worth of stuff you've done by then. Straight out of university, I can't imagine what you'd have to fill 2 pages. I have 5 jobs, 4 voluntary positions and a society presidency on my CV and that goes just into 2 pages.

    Remember, CVs should be brief. All you need to include is your educational background, work experience and perhaps a very short paragraph about yourself that's relevant to the job you're applying for. And details of all of these should be brief, so for example your degree and grade, grades and possibly subjects for A levels and then GCSEs, but without mentioning all the subjects you did. With your jobs, they should say what your main responsibilities were and any achievements you made, but for most jobs, especially anything less than a year or two, it should be a 3 or 4 lines at most.

    CVs are not there to sell yourself in your entirity, they're there to show the person selecting for interviews that you have done things and are a capable person, both academically and in work, but leaving most of the details for the interview.
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    (Original post by Drogue)
    Straight out of university, I can't imagine what you'd have to fill 2 pages. I have 5 jobs, 4 voluntary positions and a society presidency on my CV and that goes just into 2 pages.
    Except you could fill 2 pages with the society presidency alone
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    True, but it's the point about being brief. It's still the longest single thing on my CV, but it's 10 lines, or 1/4-1/3 of a page. After the reaction my boss had to a chat about what I'd done at uni, it's quite proper it takes up more of my CV than my current job does!
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    Graduate - 1.5 pages atm with 1 work experience listed
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    One page until you've got your first post, Uni, career employment, unless you have something exceptional in your background.
    Two pages for a professional's CV.
    More than Two pages, only for specialist CV's where, for instance, you are asked to list all your publications.
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    (Original post by consultant_2_b)
    How long is your CV ? (Graduate and post graduate students only please). A lot of CV guides suggest a 2 page CV is perfectly acceptable, whereas others suggest 1 page is the max you should go.

    What do you think and why?
    It depends on what you have done i nyour life.
    If you for example have attended 5 different schools is different countries and went to several different universities and had several (relevant) jobs.. 1 page certainly won't accomondate your entire CV

    CVs tend to grow longer by time.

    Restricted to academics and work experience mine is pretty much exactly 1 day. I am not a graduate tho
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    (Original post by KLL)
    It depends on what you have done i nyour life.
    If you for example have attended 5 different schools is different countries and went to several different universities and had several (relevant) jobs.. 1 page certainly won't accomondate your entire CV
    Yes it will. Why would you list all your schools? Or rather, if you just list them, it takes up 5 lines. Generally you only list the institutions that awarded you certificates, so where you took your GCSEs, A levels and degree.
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    Well yea, thats 4 or 5 different ones already for me.
    And I'll be listing at least 3 universities on my CV, maybe a 4th one after a masters
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    I comfortably fit everything onto 1 page. If you've done a job where its obvious what the duties were from the job title, then don't waste space outlining everything, just anything that stands out / achievements / awards you won. If it was something not too relevant to what you're doing now, give it 1 line of description at most. If its a trivial university position, or a summer job years ago and you've done better things since, just leave it out. If you've graduated, just stick eg "A-Levels: ABB, GCSEs: 6As 4Bs" on one or two lines with the school(s) without running through subjects or prizes won when you were a teenager.
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    1 page - it shouldn't be any longer than that when you're our age. Maybe if you've held down a job for a couple of years, but still...

    Minimize that font size people!
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    Minimize that font size people!
    I've always been told never to use anything smaller than 12pt. Otherwise it looks like it's all crammed in.

    My CV is 2 pages. The reason for that is I have a skills-based CV rather than a chronological CV, so I list 4 or 5 skills, and evidence for where I gained/proved those skills, as well as the usual education (listing uni modules relevant to the job), brief work summary and references. It has definitely worked for me - when I used my old CV, I got nothing. At all. In the 3 weeks since I changed it to a skills CV, I've had 3 interviews and I have 3 more coming up.
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    No point saying it shouldn't be longer than 1 page and then saying minimise the font!?!

    I'm a post-grad, have always used 2 pages and never had problems getting to an interview stage for jobs I'm capable of. I can't see it counting against you unless you use more than 3 pages or if you have points/positions that really don't need to be on there.
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    (Original post by KLL)
    It depends on what you have done i nyour life.
    If you for example have attended 5 different schools is different countries and went to several different universities and had several (relevant) jobs.. 1 page certainly won't accomondate your entire CV
    I have, and I've also worked as a senior manager and held four positions of relevant experience, each with several points of achievements, and mine fits adequately onto two pages.

    You shouldn't list all your schools and what countries you lived in unless it's relevant. I only list my A-levels and University, and it takes up one line. No employer is interested in what my GCSEs were.
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    (Original post by BlackHawk)
    I have, and I've also worked as a senior manager and held four positions of relevant experience, each with several points of achievements, and mine fits adequately onto two pages.

    You shouldn't list all your schools and what countries you lived in unless it's relevant. I only list my A-levels and University, and it takes up one line. No employer is interested in what my GCSEs were.
    One line for your degree and A levels? Isn't that a bit hard to read? How did you lay it out?

    Also, I think the person you quoted was talking about not being able to fit their CV on only one page (something that I will undoubtedly have trouble with).
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    (Original post by Drogue)
    Straight out of university, I can't imagine what you'd have to fill 2 pages.
    I have 5 jobs, 4 voluntary positions and a society presidency on my CV and that goes just into 2 pages.
    Sorry, but don't those two statements contradict each other a bit? I'm not trying to be picky, I'm just wondering how you reconcile your first statement with the fact that your CV is two pages (perhaps because I'm looking for someone to say it's okay if mine is two!).
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    (Original post by BlackHawk)
    I have, and I've also worked as a senior manager and held four positions of relevant experience, each with several points of achievements, and mine fits adequately onto two pages.

    You shouldn't list all your schools and what countries you lived in unless it's relevant. I only list my A-levels and University, and it takes up one line. No employer is interested in what my GCSEs were.
    Naturaly if you'Ve been out of education for a while, you won't place the focus of your CV on that but rather on work expereince.
    And seeign i'm still an undergraduate and can put 3 universties on my CV, i think they're all relevant just like the last 2 or 3 chools i went to.
    Don't know about the UK, but in Germany many employers place value on having international expereince, so I sure as hell won't skip that part.
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    (Original post by Jelkin)
    Sorry, but don't those two statements contradict each other a bit? I'm not trying to be picky, I'm just wondering how you reconcile your first statement with the fact that your CV is two pages (perhaps because I'm looking for someone to say it's okay if mine is two!).
    Well, firstly I'm not straight out of uni, the 2 pages includes my current graduate job, which takes up about 5 or 6 lines and puts bits onto the second page. However everything I really want someone to read is on the first page, so if someone only reads that I'm fine. The second page gives a little more detail on my academic stuff - as the last job I applied for was as an economist so they wanted to know what modules I'd taken and the marks I'd got - and lists the previous jobs I've had - as my current employer wants to know any paid work I've had for the last 5 years.

    Also, I'm a bit of a special case having had 4 jobs before I went to university, plus the stuff at uni.

    Having 2 pages is not the end of the world at all. If you're applying for a technical or academic job, they'd expect more detail of your academics so 2 pages, or even 3 in extreme cases, is fine. If you've got 2 pages of really strong stuff, then there's no harm, though getting it onto one is better. However it's very, very rare anyone straight out of university has enough decent stuff to require a 2 page CV for a normal graduate job. Most grads have quite a lot of unnecessary stuff on it, in my opinion, and the shorter the better.
 
 
 
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