Careers Service

CVs, Applications & LinkedIn profiles

CVs, Applications & LinkedIn Profiles

Make sure that it's your CV, application form or profile that grabs the recruiter's attention.

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.

Getting help

If you'd like feedback on your CV, covering letter, application form or LinkedIn profile, we can help. It can take time to get your first job or placement, so don't be discouraged by rejections.

Use our CV and Covering Letter Pathway to help you tailor these and make them stand out to employers. 

If you'd like help with improving your applications, LinkedIn profile or interview technique, use our Appointment Finder tool to find out which appointment type to book.

You may have to choose between more than one job offer. If you'd like to talk it over, you can speak to a careers consultant by booking a guidance appointment or using our drop-in service (Mon - Fri, 11:00 - 13:00, no need to book).

Watch your internet footprint

Employers are increasingly searching the internet before selecting candidates, including sites such as Instagram, 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 There have been cases where employers have withdrawn job offers to people who have made inappropriate or negative comments about the company or its staff.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.

Further information

The following links include tips from external websites about what recruiters are looking for:

targetjobs' Organisations section lists top graduate employers, with advice and tips on finding and applying for opportunities.