Applications and CVs

Current students and graduates:
Visit Employability Online for application, CV, cover letter advice and tips.

The main purpose of writing any application or sending a CV is to get to the next stage of the recruitment process, usually an interview or assessment session. An employer may spend as little as 60 seconds scanning your application to assess your suitability before short-listing you or discarding your application.

So, your application should be tailored to:

  • attract attention
  • arouse interest
  • make the employer want to meet you.

We have useful tools and advice for your CVs and applications on Employability Online - use these to help you to:

  • analyse job requirements from an advert or a CV
  • complete a CV or job application to meet the job requirements
  • write a covering letter to summarise your application.

Analysing the job vacancy

Writing an effective application is time consuming. To do this well and before you rush to make an application, spend some time analysing the vacancy:

  • Do you meet most of the requirements of the job?
  • Do you understand what the job involves?
  • Do you know enough about the organisation?
  • Do you want the job?


Current students and graduates: Visit Employability Online for more advice and tips.