5 Ways to Trim Down Your CV

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Potential employers don’t always have the time to read thoroughly through the thousands of CVs they might receive in response to advertising a job, so they’ll most likely skim through the applications and only read the ones that really catch their eye.

So having a CV that has been well crafted and not too long in length is important if you want to get noticed. Too long a CV and they won’t ever get to the end, but too short and it looks like you don’t have enough experience. So where is the happy medium?

Chances are you’ve included most of your previous jobs on your CV, as well as your skills, achievements, both personal and professional, as well as any other accolades you’re proud of. But it can be hard to start leaving details out if you’re trying to keep it short and to the point. Here are 8 ways to cut down your CV without selling yourself short.

  1. The title. You don’t need to have ‘Curriculum Vitae’ at the top of your CV. An employer will know what they’re looking at – and it saves you a few lines of space by leaving it out.
  2. Leave out your photograph. Unless you’re specifically asked to include a photograph, a potential employer doesn’t need to see a photo of you at this early stage. Your good looks aren’t going to get you the job (or at least, they shouldn’t) as you want your skills to do that for you.
  3. Don’t use ‘I’, ‘he’ or ‘she’. Although your CV is all about you, don’t get carried away by starting each sentence with ‘I’. For instance, do not write, ‘I worked as a manger for this company’ instead use bullet points to list your experience instead.
  4. Get rid of bad email addresses. If you’re using an old email address or your email is Ilovepink@website.com, try and get a new, more professional sounding one before applying for jobs.
  5. Leave off anything that could result in discrimination – your age, sex, nationality or religion. If the employer is hiring fairly, they won’t need to know these details, so safe yourself a few lines of space by leaving them off.
  6. Avoid overusing generic skills. Although you might have ‘great communication skills’ and the ‘ability to work as part of a team’, but so does everyone else applying for the same job. Listing these sorts of skills does nothing to make you stand out so be sure to demonstrate your skills when you describe your achievements instead.
  7. Avoid using your leaving cert or college exam results, unless you have recently left school or graduated, or unless the job you’re applying for specifically requires certain results.
  8. Avoid unnecessary hobbies. You might love having a cup of tea with the neighbour or a drink down in the local, but unless it sounds impressive or makes for an interesting story, avoid listing it on your CV.