Why should I be so concise?
If you put yourself in the recruiter’s shoes, you will begin to understand why brevity is so important. Typically, a recruiter will go through hundreds of CVs a day – they don’t have time to read a four page essay on your career. This is why your document needs to be kept short.
Your CV is used to advertise you. Aim to connect with your audience and tell your story without boring them.
Cut down descriptions of older roles
A simple way to prune your CV is to cut down the information on your older roles. Try bullet-pointing a few key responsibilities instead of going into full paragraphs. Recruiters do not really need to know what you did 15 years ago in great detail.
Only keep relevant details
It’s only natural to want to include all of your skills and achievements, but recruiters tend to look for a specific applicable skill set when recruiting for jobs. Try to tailor your CV to the job you are applying for.
Clichés like ‘good team leader’ or ‘works well individually and when part of a team’ are unfortunately very common. So having statements like this throughout your CV will not set you apart from the crowd. The main reason why recruiters dislike these so much is that they aren’t actually backed up with any proof. So when you make any of these claims, briefly explain occasions when you have demonstrated your skills.