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Size of the CV

You must remember that the best-qualified person does not necessarily get the job. It is one who presents himself / herself confidently, speaks well and sells himself / herself at the interview. And this can be despite the fact that others may have better qualifications and more experience. The person who makes the interviewer believes that he has that extra magic and that the company cannot afford not to have him / her, is the one who will get the job. The extra magic is really preparation. Successful persons will tell you that to succeed there is no substitute for hard work. Similarly for a good interview there is no substitute for preparation.

There are many who state that a CV should not be more than two pages. This is because prospective employers have to go through a large number of CV s. They may only have 30 seconds to scan a CV (as they may have hundreds to go through). If it is very long, they may set it aside. As a consequence the CV will not be read or the important points not noted. Rana Kapoor - CEO and Managing Director of Rabo India, says…. "Any CV that is more than a page and a half is superfluous. Equally bad are CVs that have Shakespearean essays flowing into paragraphs and becoming a chapter in English literature rather than an analytical summary of one's career, achievement and success. The worst bio-data I can recall is that of a politician's son with strong references and family background that ran into six pages with only half a page on himself - Says Harsh Goenka - "Very long-winded CVs running into eight to ten pages are absolute no-no's for me. I once got a CV from a very senior person of a public sector organisation. The size of the resume stunned me. To my total astonishment, I discovered that the person had captured almost every moment of his life in the CV. it was almost autobiographical in content. In another instance, during an interview when I asked for the CV, the candidate passed me a CD with his CV on it. While I would have expected something of the sort from IT pros or, say, from marketing whizkids, it came from a shop-floor production executive and that stumped me."

What should you do if you have important information that you need to share, leading to a five-page CV? My suggestion is that you should go through all the information you have written and take out those that are not important. The focus must be on what the job requires and your achievements. The main thing is to ensure that all the information stated is important. As Pradeep Gidwani says…. "This is the first contact with the individual and is hence important. The resume should be easy to read, simple and structured. Your achievements should come through, but do not brag. There should be no spelling errors."

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