Some positions will require you to complete an application form as well as or instead of submitting your CV. In this scenario do not send in an application half filled-in with an attached CV, as your CV will not be counted. Always read and follow the application process the employer has outlined.
- Education should be completed with the most recent first, unless otherwise stipulated.
- Here you will be asked to list your previous employment along with your duties. You may also be asked to provide a reason for leaving.
• You need to demonstrate to the employer that you have the skills, personal qualities and experience that they have specified in the job advert or person specification, try to identify these in any previous work experience you have.
• Don’t ignore unrelated or lower skilled jobs from your experience; skills can be developed from all employment so identify the transferable skills and use them! If a job has been repetitive or unrewarding it can show you have motivation and perseverance.
Information supporting your application
- You might be asked to write a statement in support of your application. Use the Person Specification and or Job Description to guide this. Look at each skill that is required and demonstrate where you have used developed them from, whether it’s through your studies, employment or voluntary positions. This is your opportunity to tell the employer why you are right for the job.
- Structure your paragraphs and answers well. The simplest structure is often the best. Make sure you follow a logical path and that it is easy to read.
- You will usually be asked to provide the name and contact details of two referees. Commonly you will be asked to provide your most recent employer and a personal reference. If you do not have any work experience ask one of your university tutors if you could put them on your CV as a reference. You must always ask an individual before providing their details for a reference.
Please visit the Careers and Employability Centre for more help with your application or book onto one of our workshops here (link to Events page).