Does your CV take more than 30 seconds to read?

Written by: CIPS Procurement & Supply Jobs
Published on: 12 Oct 2023

Having the right CV is one of the most important factors in any successful job hunt, but has all that time you spent crafting your perfect application all been a waste of precious time?


If your CV is too long, then there is a strong chance that you’ve wasted a lot of your time by adding too much detail.  

Think about it from the point of view of the recruiter – they have a pile of CVs on their desk and an anxious line manager who needed to recruit someone yesterday.  

Most CVs are scan-read and given less than 30 seconds to work their magic. This means that your CV needs to convince the reader to call you to interview as quickly and as powerfully as possible.  

A two-page CV is ideal for almost all procurement job seekers, and even the most seasoned supply chain professional should aim for this length of CV.  

Employers are only really interested in what you’ve been doing most recently, so you need to focus on a maximum of the last five to 10 years of your career. Anything further back than this should be neatly summarised.   

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