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How Many Pages Should Your CV Be?

How Many Pages Should Your CV Be?

Posted on September 2023 By Madeline Rowston

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Our team thinks no more than 2-3. However, there are some caveats.

It depends on the nature of the role you’re applying for.

Most of the CVs we see average 1-3 pages. It's best to leave the details and narratives for the interview. 

One pager CVs are common for recent graduates or candidates with up to ten years of experience. 

It’s important to be as concise as possible to provide recruiters with a snapshot of your career. Inability to summarise your career to date could leave an impression you’re unclear of the roles and responsibilities of your previous job or you don’t have a clarity around your career. Make the recruiters job easier and summarise as much as possible. 

However, there are some times when you can bend the rules. These include:

  1. Creative roles that require portfolios.

Often creative agency-side roles require extensive portfolios. These can be attached separately or included as a link within the CV. 

  1. Extensive experience. 

If you have more than ten years experience and feel it’s relevant to include an entire career snapshot, you might find it appropriate to add an additional page to show your varied industry experience and knowledge.

It’s important to make sure your LinkedIn experience and CV experience match so if you’ve included all your experience to date on LinkedIn, it’s probably best to include in your CV too. 

  1. If it includes a detailed and customised cover letter.

We often receive CVs with cover letters included as an additional first page. This really helps our team of consultants understand your experience and reason for applying or registering with us. It’s especially helpful to provide context if you’re moving to or back to Australia, changing industries or returning to work after a career break. Let us know you’re moving to Sydney and even for how long so we can understand if you’re better suited to a permanent or contract role. 

This blog post was inspired by Indeed.