Our CV and Applications Advice appointments are really busy right now. We are doing our best to offer as many appointments as we can. But an appointment is not the only way to get your CV fixed up. Try our three top tips to get on the road to CV success.
1. Get the basics right
We see so many CVs in appointments that have not got the basics covered. This means the appointment gets taken up by correcting these basic issues. Rather than focusing in on the content of your CV. Get these basics sorted and not only will you be well on your way to an excellent CV. But also when you get an appointment you will be able to make the most of your time.
You will find loads of advice on MyFuture:
- Get your CV layout sorted
- Make the most of your degree
- Decide whether you want to include a personal profile
- Use the right sort of language
2. Get automatic feedback through CV360
We have access to CV360. An online tool that mimics Applicant Tracking Software (ATS) that employers use to automatically screen CVs. If you know your CV will be going through an ATS then this is a great practice run. The personalised feedback you receive is coupled with general advice about how ATS programs work.
It's also a great proofreading tool and can give you practical feedback on many elements of your CV.
3. Start tailoring
Every CV you submit should be tailored to the position your are applying for. This is often the key thing students overlook on their CV.
Tailoring is all about ensuring you present the most relevant experience for the position you are applying for. Using key words from the job advert to put things in terms the recruiting organisation will understand.
Tailoring is also about framing your experiences in the best way, as there are many ways you can write about a role you have had. Depending on the role you apply for you will need to highlight certain activities.
If you have got a job in mind that you want to apply for. Review the information in the job/course description, person specification and any other research into the role or organisation. Highlight key words which you could include in your application. List out the skills and experiences they want and then spend some time thinking about how you can provide evidence for them from your experiences.
Appointments are not the only way to get in touch with your friendly Careers Service team. If you have a quick question about your CV why not try:
- Emailing us via firstname.lastname@example.org or requesting a call back by leaving a message on 01225 386009. We can't give application feedback in this way but we can usually answer quick questions.
- Come and see us on our Parade Stand in October and November
- Attend a Zoom Q&A drop in for applications. A 30 minute open Q&A session where you can get questions on applications (or anything else really) answered. We are running these every week in October.
- Attend one of our other events. The event might answer your questions and if not, there will normally be time for questions at the end.