CV

Writing a CV


 

What is a CV?

A CV is a document you use to sell yourself to employers.

Every CV you send should be tailored to emphasise the skills and experiences demanded by that particular employer. 

Once you have the basic structure of your CV in place you can begin tailoring your CV, job-by-job.

Tips 

  • Read the job advert and understand what the employer is looking for.
  • Show the employer you have what they want by providing evidence (i.e. facts and examples) from your education, work experience or extracurricular activities.
  • Use clear sections, for example, "Education" and "Work experience" and keep it neat, tidy and consistent.
  • Use bullet points and write in a punchy business-style.
  • Triple check your CV for spelling and grammar mistakes.
  • For banking and financial services keep your CV to one A4 page. Edit your content to include only the most relevant details - you can always tell them more at interview.

What next?

  1. Do the Moodle CV eLearning course created by our careers consultants
  2. Read our How to Write a CV helpsheet on Moodle
  3. Check to see whether there's an upcoming CV workshop.
  4. Once you have completed a first draft, get your CV checked by us. Book a Quick Query online with an Application Advisor.  

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Covering letters


 

What is a covering letter?

When you send out your CV you must always include a covering (or cover) letter (unless the employer specifies not to). It is usually a Word document or PDF that is set out like a formal letter.

 It is essential that you tailor every covering letter that you send out.

Tips 

  • Make it professional, uncluttered, well-written and enthusiastic.
  • Show understanding of the job, the sector and the organisation and explain why you want to work for them. Keynote is a great tool for researching sectors.
  • Write about specifc skills and experiences that make you right for this role.
  • Instead of repeating everything from your CV, focus on the top few pieces of information that most strongly demonstrate your suitability for the role.
  • Ideally, write to a named contact rather than "Sir/madam".
  • In most cases you should email your covering letter as a Word document/PDF attachment to an email and include a brief explanation in the email text.

What next?

  1. Read the helpsheet on covering letters on Moodle
  2. Check our events page for covering letter workshops.
  3. Once you have completed a first draft, get your cover letter checked by us. Book a Quick Query online with an Application Advisor.  

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Applications


 

What is an application form?

Online application forms require you to list your education & experience and explain what you gained from it.

You will also be asked to answer questions relating to what the organisation is looking for. For example:

  • "Describe a situation when you overcame a substantial challenge."
  • "Why did you apply for this role in particular?"
  • "Explain how your extra-curricular activities will contribute to your success in this role."

Tips

  • Research and understand the employer, the sector, the role and what the employer is looking for. Keynote is a great tool for researching sectors.
  • Read the instructions and questions - very carefully. Do exactly what they ask.
  • Tailor your answers to the job. Employers strongly dislike generic answers.
  • Draft your responses in rough first. When complete get them checked by us. Book a Quick Query online with an Application Advisor.  
  • Instead of making claims such as, "I have good communication skills", use specific examples and facts, such as "I made a one hour presentation to 45 students and won the class prize"

What next?

  1. Do the Application Form Moodle Course and get Passport Points!
  2. Read the application forms helpsheet on Moodle
  3. Check our events page for application form workshops.
  4. Draft your application form answers and book an appointment with an application advisor to have them checked.