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Outdated CV Advice
These are some of the hints and tips that have done the rounds over the years in terms of writing a CV, but these are all outdated, antiquated and basically wrong!
1. Your CV can only be one page
At some point in the past, someone decided that CVs were supposed to be limited to one page but this isn’t feasible, especially if you have a certain number of years experience. While it shouldn’t be 10 pages long, it’s fine for the average CV to be about 2-3 pages long.
2. Your CV should be complete account of your professional history
Your CV is a marketing document, designed to present your application for the role in the strongest possible light, so it doesn't need to be an exhaustive accounting of every job you've held, like any part time jobs through education and so on.
3. Include "references available upon request" on the bottom of your CV
This is a convention from another time. These days, it's assumed that you'll provide references when asked and you don't need to explicitly say it. Including that line takes up space unnecessarily and feels dated.
4. Include an objective at the top of your CV
Basically, ruthless as it sounds Hiring managers just don't care about your objectives, they care about what you can do for their business. Objectives never help, and can often hurt--if they aren't tailored enough to the position or even have anything to do with it which makes it look like you're blasting your CV out without enough of a focus.
5. Invest in good CV paper
Don't invest in any CV paper. You should be submitting your CV electronically. The days of buying heavy stock to print CVs are over. In fact, lets add something else here- don’t even mail your CV it will not stand out, and if it does it won’t be in a positive way. There is every chance you'll look like a nuisance, because a paper CV is near-impossible to enter into today's electronic application-tracking systems.
6. Your CV and cover letter should be written in formal language
These days, the best CVs and cover letters sound like you. Well, the best version of you--not the you who lounges on the couch eating chips. But conversational, slightly informal language is completely fine and generally more compelling than overly stiff, formal language.