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High Impact CVs: 52 brilliant ideas for making your résumé sensational by John Middleton

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3How long do I have?

The two-page CV has become the Microsoft Windows of job-hunting. It’s not about it being the best format, it’s just the one that everybody uses. So, just how important is size?

‘As far as I’m concerned,’ an old recruitment chum told me recently, ‘fitting your CV onto two pages is a principle not a rule… but it’s a very good principle.’

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, who you’d think ought to know whether or not size matters, offers the following guidance on their website: ‘Ideally it should be two pages long with each page printed on a separate sheet.’

Employment agency Manpower gives similar advice, suggesting that: ‘Two pages is an ideal length for a CV.’

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