applications

  • Gaps on your CV and how to explain them

    It is perfectly acceptable to have gaps in your CV. Just be aware that if you ignore them, the employer might assume you are hiding something shameful. Instead, go in with an open and honest attitude and be willing to...

  • FAQ The Careers Service and Covid-19

    FAQ Careers Service and Covid-19 We in the Careers Service understand that the current current Covid-19 situation is making many students and graduates feel uneasy and worried about their future, both in the UK and also abroad. Therefore please see...

  • Presenting your soft skills: Convince them of your capabilities

    Communication, teamwork, and problem-solving skills are mentioned on almost every cover letter and personal statement we see. You can imagine that recruiters get the same déjà vu. Meeting their criteria is essential but sometimes it isn’t enough to keep them...

  • Writing a CV for PhD study

    If you are applying for PhD study, you’ll want to diverge from the classic style of CV and tailor it within the academic context. To help you with this, I have highlighted three key qualities to emphasise: your academic competence,...

  • Application writing tips: How to cut down on words

    Gone over the word limit? Don’t know which sentences to sacrifice? This article has been written for those of you who are concerned that you might compromise your work with the delete button. Whether this is a job application or...

  • Investigating the modern application process: Part 2

    You might have heard of Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) or "Resume Robots" as they are sometimes called. These are commonly being used by larger companies to screen applications before they get to a human. Unfortunately, this makes the process easier...

  • Investigating the modern application process: Part 1

    If only application writing was simple with a precise set of rules to follow. That way you’d know you’re doing exactly the right thing all the time. Much of the time this isn’t the case. However, the good news is...

  • Assertive applications: How to use language to your advantage

    Tiny tweaks to your wording can have huge implications on the impression you give. Here are some tips on how to create a confident appeal in your applications. It’s All About You There is a strong pattern that runs through...

  • Not-so-secret tips for your super CV

    We’ve had a busy time with our applications advice appointments this semester…410 CV/Cover Letter sessions and counting. If you had been a fly on the wall in the Careers Service you would have heard us say the following things quite...

  • How to create a CV from scratch

    For many students this can be a really daunting prospect. But actually, if you need to create a CV from scratch, or your old one needs a complete overhaul, this could put you at an advantage. This is because you...