2 page CV’s – What a load of cod’s wallop

May 10, 2012 2 Comments by

The definitions of CV (curriculum vitae) and resume have been confused, which is where I suspect the confusion of a 2 page CV comes from!

Wikipedia definitions:

A curriculum vitae (CV)

A curriculum vitae (CV) provides an overview of a person’s experience and other qualifications. In some countries, a CV is typically the first item that a potential employer encounters regarding the job seeker and is typically used to screen applicants, often followed by an interview, when seeking employment.

A résumé

A résumé (sometimes spelled resume) is a document used by individuals to present their background and skill sets.  a typical résumé contains a summary of relevant job experience and education.

the résumé is usually one of the first items that a potential employer encounters regarding the job seeker and is typically used to screen applicants.

note: the résumé is comparable to a curriculum vitae (CV) in many countries, although in english canada and the united states résumé is substantially shorter than the CV.

Who was it that said 2 page CVs?

think back … was it your mum, careers teacher, best friend, hiring manager, just some post on the internet, an HR manager with his head still stuck his own you know what from the 1980′s – who ?

well I can tell you this much, it definitely wasn’t the expert recruiter and I mean the “expert” the one that has been doing the job for 10+ years and can use his common sense; not the fly by
the seat of your pants cowboy recruiter that will lie to your face  and tell you  “you absolutely must  only only only have a 2 page CV!”    we are talking about the recruiter who “knows” categorically that to place a candidate in a new job you have to give the prospective  employer enough information that wets his  appetite – the hiring manager is known as the “CV” devourer and he takes no prisoners.

more about him later!

just take a minute to think about it.  take a look at your CV – you have 15 years experience swashed onto 2 pages  – the text is small, it’s leaning far beyond the acceptable right and left hand margins, the wording is so condensed that you wonder what some of the sentences actually mean, do they mean anything at all or are they just filler!  there really isn’t enough information about that great job you did a few years ago, the one where the CEO made you employee of the year and gave you an 8% pay rise and bonus.   now you start thinking …

2 page CVs, do they make sense?

now if it actually gets past HR, which is a feat in itself as we all know that HR people
can’t read or write and the only word they actually know is no, but anyway, if you get past HR here
comes the  “CV” devourer.  Let me tell you bit about this “CV” devourer …

he’s as tough as old boots, he’s much the same as captain barbossa , he’ll curse you and damn you forever  if you don’t give him what he wants and apart from keira knightly we know what captain barbossa wants – yep – you go it, he wants;

  •  a CV that he can actually read without getting the magnifying glass out,
  •  that makes sense to him and has more than 3 bullet points
  •  where the English language actually means something  to him
  •  and tells him exactly what you have been doing over the past 2, 5 10, 20 years

… basically guys it’s your life history

you have to ask yourself, do you really think it’s wise you squash down, reduce and wring
out 10 years of your life on 2 flimsy pieces of paper.

where did this utter trash come from – 2 page CVs – I will tell you where it came from,
someone, somewhere 20 years ago or more decided that people should only have 2
page CVs – this little piece of ridiculous information spread, it spread to careers teachers, recruitment consultants, gullible HR people, directors, engineers, managers, receptionists, friends, neighbours, colleagues. And now what do we have?

We have 2 page CVs that are devoured by the “CV” devourer

where people don’t get the interview, they walk around in a mist of disappointment wondering why they didn’t get that vital interview for the job of their dreams.

Wake up people!  does it make sense to only use a 2 page CV – surely you can see that if you have a lot of work experience you are going to need more than 2 pages .

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My name is Natasha Shek, I keep Supreme CVs running smoothly and efficiently. My team has over 15 years of experience in recruitment and HR. Helping others enhance their careers – and their lives – is my passion. Visit our website www.supremecvs.co.uk for more assistance in creating a professional, attractive CV.

2 Responses to “2 page CV’s – What a load of cod’s wallop”

  1. CV Inside says:

    Sweet article. I am going to throw away my 2 page CV…

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