October and November are our busiest month here at Careers. We are offering as many appointments as we can right now, but due to high demand, they are being booked up quickly. While we recommend leaving plenty of time to refine and submit your application, we appreciate that short deadlines and other commitments mean this isn’t always possible. If you can’t get an appointment in time, there are other things you can do to take the stress out of your job application.
1. Try CV360
There’s a good chance your application will be screened by an applicant tracking system (ATS) before a member of the recruitment team sees it. CV360 is an online tool that can help you optimise your CV for an ATS. It’s quick and easy – just upload your CV to receive instant, automated feedback.
Please be aware that CV360 isn’t the best tool for reviewing skills, or tailoring your CV to a role. However, it’s good at feeding back on the practicalities, such as language and spelling.
2. Use our Application, CV and cover letter guide
We get it – you don’t have time to read an entire guide. Thankfully, you don’t have to! The guide contains a list of contents and it’s all fully hyperlinked. Instead of trawling through the whole thing, you can jump straight to the section on formatting, the STAR method, or whatever it is you’re looking for. There are sample CVs, cover letters and personal statements in the appendix, annotated by our advisers to highlight what works well. Take a look and see if you can use the feedback from these examples to enhance your own CV or cover letter. Access the guide on MyFuture.
3. Watch our webinars on demand
If you can spare the time, search MyFuture resources for our recorded webinars. You can hear from our advisers (and/or information team!) about CVs, cover letters and job application forms. We run these sessions on a weekly basis, so you might also have the option to attend live and ask your own questions in the Q&A at the end! Check for upcoming webinars in the events tab on MyFuture.
4. Join a peer-to-peer CV workshop
For an even more interactive experience, consider booking on to one of our CV feedback workshops. These take place online roughly every two weeks. You’ll learn about the basic principles of writing an effective CV, and then you’ll be allocated a CV to review yourself. Meanwhile, someone will review yours. This is a great way to proactively learn CV writing skills and receive feedback. Search ‘workshop’ on MyFuture events.
5. Search ‘CV’ in the resources tab
The resources above are just a small sample of what we have to offer. Take a look at our Get Started guide for Applications, CVs and cover letters to find everything in one place, or search the resources tab for a specific keyword.
6. Get in touch
We only offer CV/cover letter feedback via appointment. However, we are happy to answer quick questions via email and MyFuture. This could be a question on how to display your grades, who your references should be, what information to include on a cover letter, and so on. We can’t give you feedback on a document, but we can try our best to solve your head-scratchers! You might also like to check out our FAQs on the appointments page.
We appreciate how frustrating it can be when appointments are unavailable. Remember this is just one of the things you can do to improve your CV, so be sure to use the resources that are available to you on MyFuture and MyProfessionalDevelopment. If you have any concerns you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.