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The Dilemma of Long CVs !

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Change your mindset and think like a recruiter.

Many people, especially executives and professionals, have powerful CVs. Their CVs are usually well designed, professional looking and some pages long. Those people try to include all the details about their masterly expertise.

Some even go beyond the ordinary and mention everything about their professional life that the CVs turn out as long as nine pages!

What’s wrong with using templates?

This has been believed to be the standard when writing a CV. One reason for that is, templates have become very popular. We check what other people wrote and included in their resumes and we just do the same thing! However, filling in a resume template doesn’t seem to be useful most of the time. For professional people, their eligibility and worthiness aren’t sometimes truly reflected. They include what may seem important to them but not as important from a recruiter’s point of view.

Yes, no & may be folder.

A headhunter checks the first 3 lines of any resume (Summary) and according to it; he or she decides whether this resume takes a yes or no. A yes means that a CV reflects what they’re looking for in a job applicant and a no means that there’s no chance! Accordingly, the length of a CV plays a crucial role in getting recruited for a job. In other words, what you include in your CV determines whether or not you have a chance. For that, you need to think like a recruiter. You need to write what you know for sure will be read and well considered. In order to do that, you have to understand the strategic and tactical objectives of your resume.

What is the strategic & tactical objective of your CV?

A strategic objective that should convey your potential and real value. In your CV, you need to show the best version of yourself. A tactical objective is getting selected and called for an interview. To do that, there are some points that you need to pay closer attention to:


Efficient CV golden rules:

1-Achievement-based vs. Task-based  A CV shouldn’t be task-based. Job tasks are so regular and ordinary things to include, but achievements aren’t. So instead of writing your duties, you have to mention your accomplishments. In other words, what you got done and feel proud of. This briefly and smartly spots your worth.

2-The last 10 years rule Include your expertise over the last ten years only for this is what’s considered the most important. Older information should be summarized.

3-Remove the fats out of your CV. Information such as interests, hobbies, English skills, computer skills, etc. shouldn’t be included except in very special cases.

4-Keep it relevant. Don’t write any word unless it’s closely connected to your objectives.

5-Avoid multi-purpose CVs. Make sure your resume specifies what your client is looking for.

6-Keep it simple& short! On average, a good CV is only two pages long. Basically, when you follow all the previous steps, your resume will end up as long as required!


Remember that, you’re not primarily hunting a job; you’re seeking a phone call to invite you to an interview. This is your first step that can only be guaranteed with a good well-organized resume. Your challenge is to make the recruiter say yes to your CV in only 30 seconds of reading its first lines.

So change your mindset and think like a recruiter.

Mohamed TammamThe Dilemma of Long CVs !