The CV, Cover Letter and Interview

To find the job you want you need to sell yourself. This often is much harder than it sounds. Somehow you need to make your skills, abilities and talents known without coming across as arrogant and conceited.

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The job application process normally consists of three main parts: the cover letter, the curriculum vitae and the interview (in this order). To get an interview you need a good CV, showing your strengths and abilities. To ensure your CV is read you need a good, personalised cover letter. And then you have to interview well. The pressure is on (I’m not going to mention the downturn in the graduate job market because of the current economic climate, maybe you would like to see our further study section…).

CV’s, cover letters and interviews are always personal and will depend on your experiences, your skills, your options and your success. The best place to gain advice on these issues is your university’s Career Service. They will be able to provide you with information, advice and proof reading. However, in the mean time, here are a few good sites that could help you:

The CV

Prospects: offers vast amounts of information on many things, from samples to layout and content.

AGCAS: Here you are given a few paragraphs about Sarah’s life, you then have to create a graduate CV for Sarah. 3 samples are also given at the end.

The Cover Letter

Prospects: advice on writing the cover letter

The Interview

Guardian Jobs: lots of information on all aspects of jobs and advice, especially good for interview tips, ideas and gaffes.

Careers Advice: ‘how to succeed in job interviews’ is the title of this audio from the Government’s Career Advice website.

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