One of the most common questions we are asked is “How long should my CV be?” Unfortunately the answer is “It depends on who is reading it”.
Good Recruitment Consultants need to see everything in your CV – skills, experience, qualifications etc. whilst a potential employer will only really want to see what is relevant to them and the job in question. A good Recruitment Consultant will adapt your CV making it attractive to the employer by taking out anything not relevant and highlighting the skills and experience you have so that you stand the best chance of being asked to interview.
So, give the Recruitment Industry a CV that contains as much information about you as possible but make sure it is adapted for any position that they might want to put you forward for. If the Recruitment Agency tells you about a particular job ask for a Job Description and who the job is working for. Once you have that information, do your research. Look at the company website and find out as much as you can about them. Once you have done this go back to your CV and re-write as much of it as is needed to ensure the company can see your skills and experience.
But don’t waffle. Keep it as short as possible but focussed on the job in question. Using words, terms and phrases that are contained in the Job Description and on the company website is always a good move. Potential employers use these words and phrases every day and seeing them in a CV gives them confidence that you are the right person for them.