How to cut down that lengthy CV

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After the hours you put into creating your CV, it seems the average time a potential employer will spend perusing it is a whole three minutes. So next time you’re editing your employment history, it’s definitely something to keep in mind. Although it’s tempting to include each and every job you’ve ever had – especially if you feel like you gained valuable experience in each – you could risk having your application rejected because it was either too long or just too information heavy.

However this is without doubt something that’s easier said than done. You might have a ton of work experience, achievements or even voluntary work you want to impress a potential employer with, so deciding what points are important and what aren’t can prove tricky.

So where do you start? Here are a few tips that will help you keep your CV short and sweet or, at the very least, one page less than your current job portfolio!

  • Keep older roles short and concise. Instead, go into detail on your more recent jobs – you can always go into detail on older roles should you reach interview stage.


  • Avoid putting in the full address for previous employers. Again, you can always supply that later. Just include the name of the company, your role and the dates you worked there.


  • Tailor your CV for each job you apply for. This sounds tedious and it is – but when it pays off it will be worth it. Leave out irrelevant details and remove any older roles that don’t necessarily relate in some way to the role you’re applying for.


  • Use bullet points to explain the aspects of a job role. It’s a great way of keeping you sentences short, to the point, and they don’t take up quite as much page space as lengthy paragraphs.


  • Leave references off your CV, unless the job spec specifically asks them to be included. All you need is a line stating they are available upon request and you’re covered.


  • Trim your margins. You’ll notice that there are default margins set on Word documents or any editing application you’re using to type up your CV. But if you make these margins smaller, you’ll have more space to work with.