CV

  • Adding transferable skills to your CV 

    If you have created a CV and feel that it is a little on the sparse side, you can add more detail by writing about your transferable skills. You do not need to have completed paid work experience to have...

  • CVs for master's applications

    I’ve seen quite a few students in the last few months applying for master’s courses, where a CV was a required or optional part of the application process. Yet a quick Google search throws up very little in terms of...

  • Needed! Urgently! Your leadership skills!

    Why the post Covid-19 world will need your leadership skills I’ve been thinking for some time about writing a blog to help students write in a more compelling way about their leadership skills. “Leadership” as a required core skill is...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Three steps to CV Heaven

    Last time I wrote about the most common questions we are asked/advice that we give here in CV-Land at the Careers Service Not-so-secret tips for your super CV Today I just wanted to give you one short and snappy tip....

  • 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...