The 2 page CV myth

08 Jun 15:00 by Harriet Roffey


Writing a CV can be an arduous task, especially when it comes to what, and how much you should put it. A popular myth is that a good CV must be two pages or fewer, but Harriet Roffey, of Brand Recruitment, doesn't believe that's true. In an article for CIM marketing jobs, she says that the best CVs are more about quality, than quantity.

There are a lot of myths floating around about how best to write an effective CV: where to include your education section, and in how much detail; whether to include personal details such as marital status and date of birth; if a column or table format works best, or even an adventurous font. However, there's one CV myth that has us pulling our hair out on a daily basis

I call it the ‘two page doom’ and it takes the form of an experienced candidate frantically removing relevant and interesting information from their CV in order to tick a box that says it fits neatly onto two pages. Sounds crazy when you put it like that, eh?

We register hundreds of new candidates each week at Brand Recruitment, with the majority them meeting a consultant through video conference calling. In these meetings, we discuss their CV amongst other things. It is amazing how many people have been recommended to cut their experience down to two pages because it is perceived as neat, easy to read and generally more effective. Obviously there are candidates at more junior levels whose experience won’t exceed this length anyway, and that is completely fine! The problem from a recruiter’s perspective is when lots of relevant information is cut solely for this reason.

As an agency, we like to think that we act as human cover letters for candidates – once we meet you, we use your experience and no doubt dazzling personality to sing your praises to our clients. However, at the end of day they are still going to be looking at your CV and judging your suitability based on what is written. If they see something they like, they will take the extra thirty seconds to read an extra paragraph or two. And if they don’t, they probably aren’t the kind of person you want to work for.

What if the very thing that would secure an interview is the same thing that would push your CV over that two page mark? Which would you prefer: an interview for your ideal role, or a neat CV that doesn’t represent you accurately? Your CV is your chance to find the dream role, so let it shine.

Once your CV is picture perfect, find your dream role from a range of listings at Brand Recruitment.