The main purpose of a CV is to demonstrate your suitability for particular roles to prospective employers and those with opportunities. It is a written representation, on paper, demonstrating your capacity to do the job, based on your life experiences to date and skills developed. Your CV should be targeted to show how you meet the employer's requirements. The main goal of a CV is to get you to interview stage. Putting together your CV involves making a series of decisions about content, typography, layout and visual style. A CV should always be accompanied with a Cover Letter. Take a look at our CV resources to see if you are on the right track!
* If you need to have a one to one session with a Careers Adviser regarding your CV please check out our CV review protocol first.*
A covering letter should accompany any CV you send and is particularly important if your CV is unsolicited and speculative. In essence a cover letter demonstrates your motivation to do the job. A cover letter may not be required when applying online or to a recruitment agency. Try the Cover Letter resources for more tips and techniques
Employers use application forms to assess motivations and skills for applying for particular roles and a series of in depth questions are used to assess specific same. Before putting pen to paper, make sure you read our application form handouts