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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.

Getting Started


Top Tips

  • 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 underlinebold 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

CV information booklet

Application forms

  • Allow plenty of time to write and re-draft your form..
  • Read instructions attached to the form.
  • Reflect the language used in the job description.
  • Plan your form to allow you to have a clear, concise structure.
  • Re-read your form and keep a copy.

Applications information booklet

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