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Page two covers your less recent career history. I’ll skip through the general items that you can include.


Previous employment
Follow the same format for each position as you use on page one but, generally, include fewer bullet points when covering responsibilities and achievements. There is still reason to focus on using keywords that match you to job ads.

Include the highest-level qualification — there is no need to include the path that you took. Include the name of the institution. There is no need to include the date of the qualification unless you have recently graduated.

It’s entirely optional to include a section listing any interests or hobbies. In my experience it doesn’t make a difference between getting an interview or not. Increasing the length of a CV without a clear goal may also cause a CV search database to rank a CV lower in the results.

If, however, a hobby or interest is industry-relevant, then list examples of achievements rather than just listing the interest.

Page 3

If you've gained experience through projects or problem-solving the typical CV format of bulleted lists isn't ideal for getting that across. Instead, consider relating such experiences in prose on a third page. Don't dream up content just so you can include a third page.

When writing up an experience, follow these guidelines:

  • Be concise
  • Make sure you clearly state the problem or the project's aim
  • Be clear about your contributions
  • Skip esoteric details
  • Leave out some details leaving a reader wanting to know more

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