The below website offers some good practical advice on CVS, application forms, cover letters/emails and interviews:

https://www.prospects.ac.uk/careers-advice

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CVs

A CV is personal to you, and to the job role you are applying for. As such, there isn’t on standard template you should use. Beware of ‘free’ templates online – often you complete all the information, and then to download or save your completed CV, you are then asked you to pay!

Presentation & relevance really counts

  • Make sure your document looks ‘tidy’ – use a smallish font size (11/12) in something like Verdana, Ariel or Calibri
  • Keep it brief and to the point
  • Have a professional email address & layout
  • Check spelling & grammar, and ask others to check it too
  • Make it relevant to the business – do your research! Check the job description & specification- what skills & qualifications are they looking for, and does your CV demonstrate these?
  • Compare what you have written with some templates on Google – do they look as good? Google ‘Good CV’ and ‘Bad CV’ and make sure yours is good!
  • Write a covering letter or email & make sure you send it to the right person! Make sure you pay as much attention to this as the CV e.g. a professional subject title and your CV labelled as your name e.g. ‘Joe Bloggs CV’

An important part of writing your CV is identifying the gaps, and what you need to do now to give yourself the best chance when you apply. As well as part-time employment, qualifications and interests, think about other ways you can enhance your work history (as this can include voluntary as well as paid positions). E.g. become a class rep or student governor, join the student ambassador team, volunteer in your community, sign up for the National Citizen Service. Click here for more information.

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Application Forms

Most jobs ask for a completed application form – this contains most of the information on your CV, and often also asks for a personal statement. This should link directly to:

  • The job role – explain why you want this job, with this specific company
  • Your experience & qualifications – link these to the job role and responsibilities
  • Your skills & qualities – link these with the personal specification
  • End with a strong summary – show your passion and enthusiasm for the role

And read the above for CVs too, as the advice is also relevant for application forms!

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