CVs and Applications
Make sure that it's your CV or application form that grabs the recruiter's attention.
Job applications take time and effort. It's more effective to make a few high quality, well-tailored, applications than lots of generic ones. Whatever career you're interested in, the Careers Service can provide advice and feedback on:
We also have information for International students about how to present overseas qualifications on applications and improving English communication skills.
If you're not sure about what to apply for, or would like some feedback on your CV, covering letter, application or LinkedIn profile, come along to one of our drop-in sessions, no appointment required.
It can take time to get your first job, so don't be discouraged by rejections. If you want to look at improving your applications or interview technique, visit the Careers Service to find out how we can help you. You may have to choose between more than one job offer – if you need to talk it over, you can speak to a careers adviser.
Watch your internet footprint
Employers are increasingly searching the internet before selecting candidates, including sites such as YouTube, Twitter and Facebook. There have been cases where employers have withdrawn job offers to people who have made inappropriate or negative comments about the company or its staff.
Make sure that whatever you write on a public website is something that you would be happy for a potential recruiter to see. TARGETjobs provides advice on managing your online reputation.
Find advice on CVs and applications by watching our Journey to Work video (University login required).
The following links include tips from external websites about what recruiters are looking for:
- writing tips for graduates: how to communicate with recruiters (TARGETjobs)
- making the cut: a recruiter's insight into making it onto the yes pile (Oct 2013) (Guardian)
- building your personal brand from scratch: a guide for graduates (June 2011) (Guardian)
- what recruiters want from graduate candidates (July 2010) (Guardian)
- Careerplayer – careers advice videos covering CVs, interviews and assessment centres
- Grad Diary: application organiser – keep track of your application progress and set reminders for upcoming deadlines
TARGETjobs' Employer hubs provides independent reviews about top graduate employers, including advice and tips on their selection procedures.