CVs: How to fit decades of experience without taking up pages

Here are seven tips for incorporating multiple projects, consultancies and work experience into your CV while still keeping it brief. Photo by: Flazingo Photos / CC BY-SA

Whether you are an independent consultant moving from assignment to assignment or in a full-time position where your time is divided between multiple initiatives, a common career history of a global development professional includes a long list of projects.

While the one-page resume rule does not apply in global development, most recruiters advise keeping your CV to two to three pages, no more than five. So many seasoned professionals grapple with showcasing their extensive experience while keeping their CVs to a manageable length.

So how do you show the depth of your work history in a traditional CV format without overwhelming the reader?

Here are six tips for incorporating multiple projects and/or consultancies into your CV while still keeping it brief.

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    Kate Warren

    Kate Warren is Executive Vice President and resident talent and careers guru at Devex. With 15 years of global development recruitment experience advising international NGOs, consulting firms, and donor agencies, she has a finger on the pulse of hiring trends across the industry and insider knowledge on what it takes to break in.