CV & Cover
Use these tips to ensure you give yourself the best opportunity for an interview.
Creating your CV
There is no-one-way to write a CV, but you should always try and incorporate these points.
- 2 pages maximum.
- Presentation counts. Your CV should have a clear layout and be easy to navigate.
- Make sure there are no spelling mistakes, and that punctuation and grammar are used correctly.
- Explain any gaps in your CV.
- Build skills and achievements into your previous experience.
- Most firms and organisations will have tips their application process on their website, make sure you look at these before you apply.
- Tailor your CV to the opportunity that you are applying for.
- Make sure that you use the careers service at your university to ensure you get all the support available for everything to do with your career.
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Tips for your cover letter
When writing a cover letter, ensure you research the firm that you are applying to. If nothing else, please ensure that you check their website.
- Start strongly and be clear in why you want this position. Why should the employer consider you? Articulate your reasons for applying and why you’re special.
- Do not use bullet points.
- Personalise your letter to the role and organisation – a lot of students end up putting the wrong organisation on their cover letter when making multiple applications. Make sure you do not do this, as these applications are likely to be rejected.
- Be succinct with highlights and key achievements.
- Do not regurgitate from the website.
- Be enthusiastic.
- Some organizations ask you to complete an application form instead of submitting a cover letter. Do not state ‘refer to CV’ or copy and paste the relevant part of your CV into your application form, fill out the answer in full (even if there is repetition).
- Be honest.
- Talk to the advisers at your career service at your university.