Poll: How long is the CV/resume you use when applying for a job?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "How long is the CV/resume you use when applying for a job?".

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Simon Bruni  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 11:06
Member (2009)
Spanish to English
I don't apply for jobs Sep 28, 2010

I offer a service. I send a CV of sorts, 1 page. I'm told recruiters are often irritated by long CVs.

 

Pascale Pluton  Identity Verified
Netherlands
Local time: 12:06
Member (2005)
English to French
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selling a service, not a price Sep 28, 2010

I have a general presentation on 2 pages which I tried to present as clearly as possible

(language pairs, specialisations, rates, general experience and diploma's, positive opinions of clients

I avoid mentioning my rates in first position because I sell a service, not a price per word

Depending on the job, I elaborate on certain points.

Recently I also decided to add my terms of conditions to my CV.

It seems to me more professional, less CV like.

Simon has definitely a point!


 

Interlangue (X)
Angola
Local time: 12:06
English to French
+ ...
No CV Sep 28, 2010

... unless I am asked to send one, usually to respond to a call for tender, now as part of a team.

Sometimes also after "a while" (can be several years), for administrative reasons - to avoid corruption, collusion and nepotism - or to comply with standards (ISO, etc.)


 

Theo Bernards (X)  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 12:06
English to Dutch
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Only when asked, reluctantly though. Sep 28, 2010

I don't apply for jobs, I offer my services for projects and in offering my services I present a very short informative leaflet and I refer to my website. For the majority of my customers that is sufficient.

Usually only translation agencies ask for my CV but, then again, it is usually translation agencies that set the fee prior to announcing the project (at least, I never had any other client do that, they always ask me what translations cost), that tell you which software to use (I don't tell a plumber to use a certain tool brand only when he repairs my toilet, I just ask him to fix it), that tell you how many days you have to wait for your payment (if I tell the same plumber that his invoice will be paid after 90 days via PayPal only, he will probably unrepair the leak he just fixed), but I am straying off topicicon_smile.gif.


 

Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 03:06
Member (2003)
Spanish to English
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It depends Sep 28, 2010

For a ProZ posting, I send a one-page version. I also have an intermediate version if more information is requested or it appears that a long-term relationship is in the offing. Then there's a really long version for academic purposes such as applying for grants., where length is the name of the game.

Some clients really expect a lot of information - as evidenced by the humongous on-line forms that they ask us to fill out.

I also have a set a short blurbs that vary in emphasis.


 

Gianluca Marras  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 12:06
Member (2008)
English to Italian
definitely Sep 28, 2010

Theo Bernards wrote:

I don't apply for jobs, I offer my services for projects and in offering my services I present a very short informative leaflet and I refer to my website. For the majority of my customers that is sufficient.

Usually only translation agencies ask for my CV but, then again, it is usually translation agencies that set the fee prior to announcing the project (at least, I never had any other client do that, they always ask me what translations cost), that tell you which software to use (I don't tell a plumber to use a certain tool brand only when he repairs my toilet, I just ask him to fix it), that tell you how many days you have to wait for your payment (if I tell the same plumber that his invoice will be paid after 90 days via PayPal only, he will probably unrepair the leak he just fixed), but I am straying off topicicon_smile.gif.


 

José Henrique Lamensdorf  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 09:06
English to Portuguese
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9 pages - a 45 kb PDF Sep 28, 2010

My web site gives a pretty accurate description of what I can do and how. Anyone who suspects that might be just pep talk, and wants to see most of what I've done so far to back my assertions, will request my CV. So let them have it!

However I never send it unless specifically requested.

It is a PDF file stored in a secluded area of my web site, no internal links to it.

It had 16 pages before, but I chose to prune some details that became irrelevant over time.

[Edited at 2010-09-28 11:58 GMT]


 

Alison Sabedoria  Identity Verified
France
Member (2009)
French to English
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One A4 page, and I don't apply for jobs! Sep 28, 2010

Like Simon, I'm offering a service, not seeking employment. Who I am and what I can do (as shown on my website) says far more than my CV, and the people I work with understand this.

Even when applying for jobs or major projects in the past, I generally kept to a single A4 page, believing that this is both good practice and good manners. But like Muriel, I have also applied for university research funding more than once... icon_eek.gif

On the rare occasions when I send a CV, I only play up the most relevant aspects each time (it's like a chameleon) and the limit of one page helps to clarify my own thinking about what's important. It's rarely necessary to give "chapter and verse" details on everything I've done since school in over 30 years of a varied career. A brief outline that can be taken in at a glance is much kinder to whoever is on the receiving end.

I've learned over the years to understate, thus provoking curiosity. Anyone who really wants to know the details will ask. This has often proved a good starting point for discussion. icon_wink.gif

Alison

[Edited at 2010-09-28 13:24 GMT]


 

David Wright  Identity Verified
Austria
Local time: 12:06
German to English
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Never Sep 28, 2010

I don't apply for jobs, nor do I "offer" a service - All my jobs come because a client has recommended me to someone else. They rareky ask for a cv and if they do I just send a brief summary of my qualifications and experience. The odd inquiry I have submitted a cv to has never actually led to anything.

 

Amy Duncan (X)  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 09:06
Portuguese to English
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One page Sep 28, 2010

If someone requests a CV I send my one-page CV. I really don't think most people bother to read more than one page.

 

Andrée Goreux  Identity Verified
Local time: 08:06
Member (2005)
French to English
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Right on Theo! Sep 28, 2010

Exactly. We give services. Incidentally I hate "rates" because I feel it is insulting. We do not sell commodities and we are not taxicabs! We are professionals and charge fees!
All my jobs arrive by recommendation. I ask who recommended me and get back to the colleague/client who did, to make sure I will not undercharge that colleague's fees. Suspicious, that's me.
I always ask to see the texts to be translated, to mix metaphors, pigs in a poke are not my cup of tea. If the client wants my CV, he/she should visit my web page. That's what it is for. I had a 14 page academic record showing all the projects, papers, seminars that I have written or attended to, for clients asking for translation/revision of papers or offering teamwork on projects. My short academic record now has 4 pages and that's enough for anyone. My "regular" CV has two pages, mostly because it is in Arial .14, no one will squint a .09 or .10.


 


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