A CV is a short list of facts that allows you to show an employer what skills and experience you have. You also need to think about the covering letter you will send when applying for a job.

Preparing a CV

A curriculum vitae (CV) is a short written summary of a person's career, qualifications, and education.

A step-by-step guide on how to prepare and set out your CV is available at the National Career Services website.

Also available are CV tips - how to avoid common mistakes and make your CV stand out.

You can also talk to a Careers Adviser about how to improve your CV on-line or by calling 0800 100 900.

Guides containing useful tips, step-by-step writing guide and sample CVs to help you prepare a professional CV are available at the following links:

  • myperfectcv.co.uk - Interactive easy to use instant CV builder with advice, tips & guides
  • prospects.ac.uk - How to write a CV
  • Totaljobs.com -Downloadable CV templates and CV writing tips for a variety of different circumstances
  • Reed.co.uk - How to write a CV including a free CV automated Builder
  • jobs.theguardian.com¬†- Advice on CV writing & videos with and downloadable templates
  • livecareer.co.uk - CV example directory searchable on location, job title, industry etc
  • wikijob - CVs & Cover letters

Covering Letter

Your CV should be accompanied by a covering letter that highlights your most relevant skills & achievements, points out to the employer that you have the qualities the job calls for and makes a statement about yourself and your suitability for the job, as well as demonstrating your writing style.

Most employers initially spend no more than 30 seconds reading each application therefore you must make sure that your covering letter makes enough of an impression in a very short time to make the reader want to learn more about you. 

Step-by-step guides on how to write a covering letter are available at the following links:

Application Forms

Although you have submitted your CV you will probably be required to complete a company customised application form.

Your application form will determine whether or not you will make it through to the interview stage therefore it is important to ensure that you get it right. 

Step-by-step guides on how to complete an application form are available at the following links:

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