CVs and Application Forms
A CV or application form is the first impression an employer will have of you, so it needs to be a representation of you and your personal brand.
- Look at examples to find a format / structure that you can follow as a template.
- Always tailor and customise your CV each time you use it.
- Think about how you intend to use it.
- CV length: two sides of A4 is enough.
- Check and recheck your spelling, punctuation and grammar.
- Keep it simple – use one clear font and don’t overuse underline, bold or italic.
- Use space: key statements stand out better against a white background.
- Keep it well-defined with headings and bullet points.
- Have a ‘Profile’ of no more than two sentences at the top.
- Keep the chronology consistent.
- Use a simple and professional e-mail address e.g. not firstname.lastname@example.org
Look at our CV and Cover Letter Booklets below for practical advice on how to craft the perfect application
CV information booklet
Cover letters information booklet
Application forms and Speculative Applications
- Allow plenty of time to write and re-draft your application form.
- Read instructions attached to the form.
- Reflect the language used in the job description when filling in the form.
- Plan your form to allow you to have a clear, concise structure.
- Re-read your form and keep a copy.
Have a look at our Applications Forms leaflet for advice on applying for top graduate schemes and placement years.
You can use our Supporting Statements for Job Applications Leaflet for advice on supporting statements, which are very common for charities, education and healthcare roles.
Have a look at our Speculative Applications booklet for advice on how to be more proactive in finding experience; it is useful when you are looking to apply for work at a company that currently does not have a vacancy listed.
Applications information booklet
Supporting statements for job applications
Speculative applications booklet
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