1 year ago
How long does a CV need to be?
How far back do I need to go?
This is a much-debated topic in the recruitment world and I have heard so many people say they were “told” to do their CV a certain way by recruiters or their parents and that that was the only way to do it.
This is something I don’t believe to be true. It’s like being told that everyone must have the same haircut because “that’s how it’s done”. A CV is a very personal document, there is no right or wrong way regarding how far back you need to go on your CV.
Some people go back 5 years, fine, but what if a role you did 7 years ago is relevant to the job you’re applying for?
Some people go back ten years, fine, but what if you’ve been in your current job that long? You’ll only have one job on your CV.
So then do you follow the “three job” rule? What if your 4th role is relevant too?
Here is my advice, not “the rules” but tips based on the fact I spend a lot of time looking at applicant’s CVs.
To conclude, my advice is to include any and all work experience relevant to the line of work you are looking for.
Again, this is just my opinion and advice from observations made throughout my career in recruitment. The internet is full of conflicting statements regarding work history, so do what feels right for you, and be willing to take criticism from recruiters and hiring managers in regards to any changes you need to make.
I often ask candidates to go away and edit their CV, the ones who get back to me show enthusiasm and willingness to adapt, great traits to show any future employer!
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