The CV: one or two pages?

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The CV: one or two pages?

We know that the choice between the two is sometimes difficult. You are divided between wanting to make it easier for the recruiter to read and the other to show all your experiences. We are here to help you in your choice.

The one page CV: the Must-have.

We know that a one-page CV is essential, for profiles (less than 5 years of experience for example). Indeed, unless you change position every year, which will raise other questions, your experiences in relation to the position to which you are applying should "fit" on one page. Failure to comply with this rule is to take the risk of appearing to lack the spirit of synthesis, and this is a skill generally sought after in the fields of regulatory expertise. On the other hand, the various articles that you will find on the web on this subject and our own experience show that on average a recruiter spends 30 seconds on the first reading of a CV. It is therefore necessary to reveal only the
essential elements.

So if we were to make a list of the positives and negatives of a one page resume, here is what we would say:

Good points :
• Keywords / skills stand out more easily on a one page CV,
• Forces you to ask yourself the right questions: “Is this information really useful? "
• More modern, more elegant,
• A single page allows the recruiter to read your document faster.

Negative points :
• By wanting to summarize too much, you can omit the most essential points of your experiences,
• If it is too loaded, your CV will not be readable,
• If you use too small a font, your CV will also be unreadable.

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The two-page CV: a good idea for experienced profiles!

After 10 years of experience, the two-page CV is no longer widely used. In this case, summarizing your journey on one page can be a perilous process. Indeed, you could omit essential elements, especially if your course is not uniform as it is more and more the norm. Detailing the experiences will allow the recruiter to understand the thread
driver of your changes. However, if you've been in the same company / position your entire career, then a one-page CV will be right for you.

So here is our list of positives and negatives:

Good points :
• If you have many experiences or career developments, a two-page CV is more educational for your reader,
• It gives you more room to detail your skills as well as your experiences and qualifications.

Negative points :
• If your sections are not well structured, there will be a lack of clarity because of all the information present.
• Nature hates a vacuum, you will tend to detail irrelevant or futile information. “2 full pages” is not a goal.

In summary, unless you have many experiences related to the position for which you are applying, we advise you to favor a one-page CV format. When you "must" go beyond this format, we advise you to add a summary banner at the top of the 1st page in order to present your profile and your research objectives in 3 lines.

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