How Far Back Should a CV Go?

We’ve already said it, for a CV less is more and two pages is your maximum length. So what’s the cut off for work experience? How far back should your CV go?

If you don’t have much work experience this won’t be a problem. For everyone else there’s a simple rule of thumb that will work in most cases. A CV should go no further than 10–15 years back or your last 5–6 roles in chronological order.

Use your common sense though and don’t treat this rule as set in stone. For example a career changer going back to a field they worked in more than 10 years ago should definitely include their previous experience.

Just remember to follow the golden rule of CV writing. Keep it concise and relevant or it’ll end up in the bin.