CVs, Applications and Personal Statements

We can help you build the perfect CV, application and personal statement to help your ’employment pack’ stand out from the crowd, whether you’re applying for university, an apprenticeship or other employment.

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CVs and Cover Letters

Your CV is the ‘course of your life’ (literally translated from the Latin, curriculum vitae), detailing your personal details, qualifications, work experience and skills, to show potential employers why you are the best person for the job that you are applying for. Take a look at an example CV here and download our CV template to help you build yours:

You’ll also need to send a cover letter with your CV. Your cover letter should be customised to the company you want to work for, talking about some of your key skills, why you are applying for that specific job vacancy and how you are the perfect match for their organisation.

Applications

Many employers use their own application process rather than accepting a CV and cover letter. The main difference between a CV and a job application form is the ‘statement’ where you have to demonstrate, in detail with examples, your skills and abilities which are needed to do the job that you are applying for. However, other parts of the job application form will be similar to your CV and can be copied across, such as personal details, work history, qualifications and references. It always helps to have your CV to hand when filling in your application form. 

Things to think about before submitting your job application form include:

  • Checking your spelling and grammar
  • Ask someone else to look through your statement, as they may spot mistakes which you haven’t seen
  • Don’t tell lies on your form – you will be caught out
  • If you haven’t got much work experience, talk about other activities you have done, where you have used and learned skills which could relate to the job
  • Make sure you have referred to the ‘person specification’ when writing your statement

If you get invited for an interview, make sure you have a final readthrough of your application, as they may ask you questions about your work history or the things you have written about in your statement.

Personal Statements

Writing a personal statement gives you the chance to write about why you want the job, or course, you’re applying for.

You will need several drafts – don’t expect to start and finish it in one go!

You can show your draft to one of our Careers Advisers to get feedback and get some confidence that you’re developing it along the right guidelines.

For UCAS, your personal statement should be:

  • Less than 4000 characters (including spaces)
  • Relevant to the courses you’re applying for; you only get one statement per application
  • All your own work – UCAS take plagiarism very seriously

Take a look at the UCAS personal statement worksheet to help you get started.

Interviews

One of the stages in the application process is the job interview. If you’ve successfully reached this stage there are a number of things you can do to prepare yourself. 

Dress for Success

Dress appropriately, so you feel confident and self-assured. Most employers will expect you to dress smartly and a suite can make a good first impression. Make sure you are well-groomed – that means tidy hair, a clean, ironed outfit and clean shoes.

Be On Time

Make sure you have investigated how to get to the interview. Check for travel updates to see if there are any delays and allow yourself plenty of time to get there.

Be Prepared

Practice interview questions well in advance. Take a look at the Prospects website for more tips. Make sure you have done your research about the company, what they offer and their values.

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