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Do you put your exam results on your CV?

Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
I have a CV that is just about 3 pages long and was debaiting wether or not to put my exam grades there seeing as it was over 10 years ago I took them and can't really remember what results I got.

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  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I put like the overall and then what is specifically relevant. So I put 'International Baccalaureate Diploma - 33 points inc. 6 in HL English' and 'GCSEs - 11 A-C inc. A's in English Lit & Lang, B in Maths'.

    That kind of thing.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I put a potted summary, like Franki.

    Shouldn't really have a CV that's any longer than 2 pages though, won't get read.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Shouldn't really have a CV that's any longer than 2 pages though, won't get read.

    You can't really say that as a blanket statement. Maybe if you are straight out of school with no experience, sure. If you've got enough relevant experience to fill 3 pages, there's no reason not to put it down.

    My last-used CV was 6 pages long. I got the job.

    The key, of course, is that it's readable, and (if you are going long) sticks to the points, uses lists where needed, and has enough white-space to offset length. (Yeah, 6 pages of wall-to-wall text I'd agree is getting excessive. It's all about layout.)
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    OK.

    If you're applying for posts that are likely to get lots of applicants, then there's not much point in having a CV that's longer than two pages because the important bits won't get noticed because anyone sifting through a large number of applications wants to be able to quickly tell whether or not you fit the bill.

    6 pages might be needed for a CV for a certain role, where the description of what they're looking for has lots of details that need to be covered, but otherwise would be seen by most recruitment bods, managers and HR people that I've come across as being too long, however much white space, unless you've got one qualication per 2 lines on the back three pages of school type stuff.

    Relevant is the key word in the above though, relevant, relevant, relevant. Long paragraphs about your Saturday job at college when you're applying to be a computer programmer is definitely not relevant (for example)
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Franki wrote: »
    I put like the overall and then what is specifically relevant. So I put 'International Baccalaureate Diploma - 33 points inc. 6 in HL English' and 'GCSEs - 11 A-C inc. A's in English Lit & Lang, B in Maths'.

    :yes:
    i've been told that is most appropriate for professional roles, because what you have achieved since school and college is going to be far more relevant. if you have a degree then that is far more important to talk about, and if you don't then applying your work experience to the job description is more useful, especially if you have any specialist training or certificates - they deserve more space on your cv. they probably won't care that you got a D in drama in 2002.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    omg hi gives good advice. However, if the job spec particularly asks for particular GCSE passes, then you must include them. I also agree with scary monster. Depending on the role you are applying for, I would keep your CV as concise as possible. Unless, as scary monster says, you need to include a lot of detail for a particular role, an overly long CV will not endear you to the shortlisting panel.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I put a potted summary, like Franki.

    Shouldn't really have a CV that's any longer than 2 pages though, won't get read.

    It really depends on the type of job and your experience. I probably wouldn't accept anyone for my team whose CV was only two pages. That said, for people 16-25 I'd be surprised if they had enough experience to go over two pages.
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