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How do I write a CV?

How you write your CV will depend on your previous experience and the job that you are applying for. To learn more about how to write a CV please read our pink CV leaflet which explains our top tips, advises on how you can lay out your CV and has examples for professional and part time casual roles. We also have a great video on our website which shows you how to write a strong CV here.

How do I improve or update my CV?

The best way to make sure that your CV is up to date or ready to send out is to make sure that it is well tailored to the role that you are applying for. We advise that you adapt your CV to each role that you apply for so that you definitely show the employer that you have exactly what they’re looking for. To learn more about how to do this please watch our Top Tips video in which, we take an average CV and apply our top ten tips to improve it, or you can read our advice guide.

My CV is too long; how can I make it shorter?

This is a really common problem. We would typically advise a 1 page CV for a casual role and a 2 page CV for a professional role, however, the key thing is to completely fill 1 or 2 pages so that the document appears finished. We often advise that any work experience that is from a long time ago and / or isn’t relevant, you don’t include in your CV OR you can include these experiences in your CV but don’t write a summary section about what you did there. You can see an example of this in our CV leaflet.

I don’t have any experience to put on my CV, what should I do?

Lots of people have more experience than they think they have. When writing your CV, you can use academic experiences, such as projects on modules, extra-curricular activities or responsibilities (such as sports or mentoring), volunteering and even things like travel. If you really haven’t done anything then you can create a skills section, as demonstrated in our pink CV leaflet to fill your CV. However, if this is the case for you then we do advise that you start getting involved in more things in order to boost your CV, volunteering and student societies can be a good place to start, speak to the SU to find out more.

How can I get my CV checked?

You can send your CV to us through our eGuidance service for written feedback or you can come to one of our afternoon drop-in sessions between 1-4 Monday to Friday to speak to a Careers and Employability Adviser about your CV. We advise that you bring in a printed out CV and cover letter as well as the job advert to make the most of the time with your adviser.

How do I write a strong application?

There are two types of commonly used application in the UK, either answering specific questions or writing a long supporting statement. Typically, graduate schemes, opportunities in law and placement year applications require you to answer specific questions. You can learn more here. However, for some roles, especially in healthcare, education, charities, local authorities and the public sector you may be required to write a supporting statement. Please find more advice here.

How do I get my application checked?

You can send your CV to us through our eGuidance service for written feedback or you can book an appointment for a 20 minute appointment to discuss your application with one of advisers. Please print out your application in advance of the appointment.

How do I find part time work?

Have a look at our JobShop to find the latest local and on campus jobs. Another great way to find part time work is to ask friends and family if they are aware of any opportunities where they work. You can also pop into local shops, cafes, restaurants and bars to see if they have any opportunities available, don’t forget your CV!

I’ve applied for loads of part time jobs and haven’t found anything, what can I do?

You may want to get your CV checked to make sure that you are making the best possible application. However, it is common to have to apply for many jobs before you are successful, just because you are competing with lots of other students. As well as applying for things online consider asking friends and family if they are aware of any opportunities where they work. You can also pop into local shops, cafes, restaurants and bars to see if they have any opportunities available, don’t forget your CV!

How do I apply for a job on the JobShop?

Whenever you see a job you would like to apply for on the JobShop the instructions for how to apply are always on the left-hand side of the page detailing the role. How you apply will depend on the employer who has posted the advert.

How do I train to be a teacher? When should I make my application and what makes a good one?

Please have a look at our Teacher Training resources to learn more. You are welcome to book one of our 20 minute appointments for advice on your application.

How do I apply for postgraduate study?

Applying for postgraduate study can seem complicated, have a look at our postgraduate study leaflet to learn more about the process.

How do I fund postgraduate study?

For advice and further resources on postgraduate study funding, have a look at our guide here.

I’m not sure whether to continue to postgraduate study or go into work, what should I do?

The answer to this will very much depend on your personal circumstances. You are welcome to book a 45 minute appointment to discuss your options with one of our careers consultants using our website. In the meantime, you may want to consider our postgraduate study guide which outlines some of the common reasons to go onto further study.

How do I book an appointment?

You can book most of our appointments online at careers.hud.ac.uk. You will need to log in using your student username and password (or register if you have graduated). You can then select the type of appointment you are interested in and see what is available. The only exceptions to this are mock interviews and telephone appointments which must be booked by calling 01484 472124. You can also come to our afternoon drop-in for simple enquiries Monday to Friday between 1-4.

I have tried to book an appointment but there aren’t any available, what should I do?

Our 20 minute appointments are released every 48 hours and our 45 minute appointments are released weekly, so please keep checking our website for new appointments to be released.

How do I get my cover letter checked?

You can send your cover letter to us through our eGuidance service for written feedback or you can come to one of our afternoon drop-in sessions between 1-4 Monday to Friday to speak to a Careers Adviser about your cover letter. We advise that you bring in a printed out CV and cover letter as well as the job advert to make the most of the time with your adviser.

How do I write a strong cover letter?

The most common mistake we see in a cover letter is not tailoring it to an employer and showing proper enthusiasm for a role and company. Please find out more about how to write a strong cover letter and explore an example and template in our guide.

How do I find a placement?

There are many ways to find a placement. You may have been told about ePlacements where you can search for opportunities. You can also use external sites like ratemyplacement.co.uk or targetjobs.co.uk. Another alternative is to speculatively apply, which means to get in touch with employers you are interested in and see if you can arrange something yourself. You can learn more about this here. You can of course speak to us for advice, see appointments link for how to book an appointment. There is also help related to your school, here is a list of useful contacts for each school:

Art, Design and Architecture: desplacements@hud.ac.uk 01484 473518

Business School: businessplacements@hud.ac.uk 01484 472216

Applied Sciences: sasplacements@hud.ac.uk 01484 473005

Computing and Engineering: scom-placements@hud.ac.uk 01484 472250 

Education and Professional Development: sedu-placementadmin@hud.ac.uk 01484 478130

Human and Health Sciences: hhs-placements@hud.ac.uk 01484 471388

Music, Humanities and Media: mhm-placements@hud.ac.uk 01484 471872

How do I prepare for my interview or assessment centre?

We have lots of advice on interviews and assessment centres on our website. You are also welcome to book a mock interview and 20 minute advice appointment to discuss your upcoming interview with an adviser. See how to book using the appointments tab.

What kind of events do the Careers & Employability Service offer?

The Careers and Employability Service is dedicated to helping you become an employable graduate. We do this by getting students involved in a variety of different career building events which are important for your professional development, confidence and knowledge on the world of work!

Careers Fairs

We host the Grad Jobs Fair where top graduate recruiters exhibit on campus in order to promote their graduate schemes to University of Huddersfield students and final years. This is a fantastic opportunity to network with top recruiters and find out what kind of jobs are available to you after you graduate.

Employer Presentations

Throughout the Autumn and Spring term, employers visit campus to host a presentation on their graduate, internship and summer jobs. This style of presentation allows you to find out detailed information on the company, the roles available, tips/advice on the application process from the employer themselves and a Q+A session.

Sector/Industry Presentations

We ask students which industries they would like more general information on and from the feedback we run a series of presentations from guest speakers working in those industries. This is the chance to find our more information on the sector as a whole and from an impartial experienced professional. If you are interested in a certain industry but want to find out more information on the skills you would need, how to get into the industry and first-hand accounts then these events will be suitable for you.

Q+A Panels

Q+A Panels are a great way to ask questions about applications, inside information and advice to a group of different employers at once. It’s your chance to quiz employers before you apply for the job and will also widen your understanding of the different ways employers recruit graduates.

Drop-ins

If you don’t feel comfortable attending a presentation or you would rather have a quick 15 minute chat with an employer, drop-in appointments provide the opportunity for you to have a one-to-one chat with a representative from the company. Similarly to other events, drop-ins allow you to find out detailed information on the company, the roles available, tips/advice on the application process but in a more private format.

Mock Assessment Centres

Assessment Centres are often used by graduate recruiters and is a crucial part of the recruitment process. Employers often come onto campus to co-host a Mock Assessment Centre with Careers Advisors to allow you to gain experience and practice before the real one!

I need a National Insurance number to work. How do I get one?

There is plenty of advice on how to apply for a National Insurance number on the government website.

I want to know more about working in the UK.

Please review the International Students section of our website to learn more about working in the UK whilst you study or after you have graduated.

Can you help me get a visa?

For Visa information you can contact The International Office at immigration@hud.ac.uk or visit The International Office Website.

How do I find work abroad?

Please have a look at our Global Opportunities page for advice on working abroad.

Will you be able to help me find study opportunities abroad?

Our service cannot offer advice on studying abroad as part of your current degree but we are more than happy to help you when making applications to study abroad for postgraduate study. If you are interested in this then this website is a good starting point and you are welcome to book an appointment (see above).

I would like to gain more professional experience; how can I do this?

How to gain strong professional experience can differ based on what career you would like to pursue, a great starting point would be to use our online resources. You are welcome to book an appointment with us if you would like to speak to an adviser about your options see the appointments tab above for how to book. We can also advise you on how you can create your own experience. You can learn more about this here.

Where do I find internships or graduate schemes?

A great place to start is our JobShop. You can also find opportunities on LinkedIn and Ratemyplacement.co.uk

What are my career options with my degree?

If you would like to learn more about what you can do with your degree then please consider our resources and prospects.ac.uk as a starting point. If you would like to speak to an adviser about your options please book a 45 minute appointment, see how to do this using the appointments tab above.

I am thinking about changing course or leaving university, what should I do?

Please book a 45 minute appointment with us so that you can speak about your options) see the Appointments link above for how to book) – the Careers and Employability Service is completely impartial.  It will be also useful for you to speak to your tutor and the University’s Back on Track staff.  You can also use the advice centre in the SU for support

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