The PERFECT length for your CV – Best CV length

How Many Pages Should a CV Be?

To be frank, your CV should be as short as it can be while still demonstrating your value. It’s not the word count that’s getting you that interview, it’s the quality content. 

The length of a CV conveys the level of your career experience and skills, but also how tailored it is to the given job opening. 3-page-long CVs for entry-level positions are obviously going to be overly fluffy while a 1-page CV for a senior management position looks oddly empty.

So how long should a CV be? 

Let’s take a closer look at the two types of CVs and see in which situations they’re ideal for you.

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The page length here will vary depending on the jobs you’re applying for and your own experience.

For the most part, one page is enough to fit in all your work experience, skills, and other necessary information, but two pages is also acceptable.

If you’re straight out of grad school or simply new to the job market, one page is more than enough for your CV. Any more and the recruiter will be suspicious you’re making stuff up.

For employees with up to around 5-7 years’ experience, a one page CV should still suffice. 

For employees with a lot of work experience (7+ years) or candidates applying for specialist or managerial roles, a two page CV is acceptable. If you’re running into three pages, take a good look at your CV and see if it could do with a little editing to make it shorter.

Simply put, if your CV goes on for more than three pages, you stand the real risk of having your CV trashed or deleted without even reading through it. They’re just way too long.

The reality is that recruiters take about 8 seconds to determine whether you’re worth a call. Now think about it—how much of your 4-5 page CV do you think they’ll cover in 8 seconds?

That said, there is one case in which a long CV could work.

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