CVs and Applications – Autumn Career Essentials


Don’t know where to start with that all important internship or graduate job application? Don’t panic, we are here to help! Here are a few of our top tips to get you started:

Research

  • Organisations want to know that you are the right person for the job. Make sure you research the company thoroughly, what kind of person are they looking for? What appeals to you about the organisation and the role? Check out their website, follow them on Twitter, like their Facebook page and check out our events database to see if they are coming on campus. Stating that you have spoken to a representative of the company is a great thing to mention on your application form.

Don’t contract ‘jobsearchitis’

  • Applying for every job in sight, thinking that if you throw everything at the wall something will stick, rarely works. Remember quality over quantity – take time over your applications and ensure that they are for roles and organisations that you are really interested in.

Target your CV/application

  • If you’re applying for a job that has been advertised you will have a job description and person specification in front of you, think of this as a check list from the employer. They will usually tell you what skills and experience they’re looking for – make sure they are all evidenced in your CV or application form. We can show you how to do this through our drop-in at the Careers Centre and we have a series of “Get Hired!” workshops that can talk you through it. In the meantime have a look at our website for hints and tips:

Check your application/CV

  • When you feel you’ve finished writing your CV or application, get it checked. Our advisers have seen hundreds of applications and will give you expert advice on your content and targeting. If you are off campus and can’t make it in to see us then don’t worry, we’ve got an eGuidance service. So that’s the content covered, what about the spelling, grammar and random typos? Well that’s something that can be easy to miss the first time round, but it’s something that definitely matters to an employer! So proof read your work, then proof read it again and then get a friend to read over it. Extra checking can be worth it as that one final step!

Have a cup of tea and relax for a bit…

  • You’ve earned it after all that work!

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