One page CV

Benefits of a one page CV

  • Recruiters are busy people and only spend seconds scanning it so the more compact it is the easier it is to read.

  • In a pile of many CVs, the first side may be the only one that is looked at, whether you have written on the back or not.

  • It focuses you to be concise, but remember it doesn’t work for every employer or industry and every student.

Hand hints for cutting down a CV 

  • Remove referees and add 'references available on request’, as it is understood that you will provide references if required, as part of the job application process.

  • Consider the level of space given to school education.

  • Analyse each job that you are considering and circle your CV statements that correspond most closely to the requirements for that particular position. Piece together the most relevant statements and delete the other information.

  • Demonstrate your skills with your work experience and avoid duplication where possible.

  • Use a bulleted list and keep your job descriptions concise. Focus on your achievements, not just your daily responsibilities.

  • The first draft might be longer than one page. If so, try to eliminate statements that provide less significant evidence regarding how you would add value in the role, until you get down to one page.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 11:43