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Imagine being the recipient of countless CVs for a single job opening. To capture the attention of employers and secure an interview, it is crucial to quickly and clearly convey why you are the ideal candidate. Avoid including irrelevant information on the first page of your CV, such as personal details (marital status or date of birth), outdated educational details, or a list of hobbies. 

What employers truly want to know is why they should invite you for an interview. Follow these steps to create a standout CV that highlights your strengths effectively: 

Begin with the essentials: 

  • Include your name and contact details at the top of your CV. 
  • Summarise your capabilities in a concise profile section at the beginning of your CV. 
  • Clearly articulate your key skills and achievements. 

Showcase relevant employment: 

  • List your most relevant work experiences, starting with the most recent. 
  • Highlight the positions that align closely with the job you’re applying for. 

Highlight relevant education, training, qualifications, and licenses: 

  • Provide information on educational background, focusing on relevant degrees or certifications. 
  • Include any specialised training or qualifications that enhance your suitability for the role. 
  • Specify relevant licenses or certifications that you possess. 

Emphasise relevant skills, including other languages: 

  • Highlight your skills that directly relate to the desired position. 
  • If you are proficient in additional languages, showcase this valuable asset. 

Include referees: 

  • Provide references who can vouch for your skills and work ethic. 
  • Ensure that your referees are willing to support your application. 

Remember, your CV should effectively communicate why you are the ideal candidate for the job. By following these guidelines and partnering with IPA, you can work your way towards crafting a standout CV that captures the attention of employers, leading to interview invitations and unlocking new opportunities throughout your career journey. 

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