How Many Pages Should Your CV Be? What’s The
It’s not uncommon for recruitment agencies and HR managers to receive CV’s over 10 pages
long, with certificates attached too. Your CV is not meant to be an autobiography, there is no
need to drill down as far as what you learnt in primary school – it should be a lot less
detailed and specific to the role. So how many pages should a CV be? Two pages is the
recommended length in the UK and one page if applying for a job in USA/Canada. However
some recruitment agencies and head-hunters may only require a one-page CV.
Overall, two-page CV is the ideal length and most widely accepted. For some organisations
it may even be acceptable to stretch it to three pages. But this would only be in exceptional
circumstances, i.e. a CEO or medical CV’s where you would need to provide as much detail
as possible of multiple qualifications and experience. Don’t be put off by a one-page CV,
worrying that it’s not enough space to list out your experiences. It is not worth any less than
a two-pager. In fact some would argue that a strong one-page CV is better than a two-page
full of waffle. You need to be able to “cut out the excess fat” and only state relevant
information that will enhance your application. In many cases, a CV that spans over two
pages can often fit on to one page with enough careful tweaking. You’ll find that this can
create an even better impact. This isn’t to say that you should squeeze all information onto
one page when it would look more presentable on two. However a 1/2 page CV could be
interpreted as incomplete.
What if your CV is longer than 2 pages?
Do you fall into the “special circumstance” positions as mentioned above? If not, then you
are going to have to continue tweaking your CV until it fits onto 2 pages. A 3-page CV will not
necessarily make your application more appealing or make you look more experienced than
your counterpart. Don’t forget, most employers will spend less than a minute scanning
through your CV – they only want to see experience relevant to the position. Make sure that
the first page contains all of your most important information such as contact details and
How can you reduce your CV?
You have to be ruthless!
Make sure all of your points are important. Take out any have no impact on your
Are all of your sections relevant? Try eliminating non-essential ones such as your
You can cheekily change the margins and/or layout to create more space
Consider using an ‘other details’ section place information such as interests and activities,
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