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Curriculum Vitae

  • A CV (or Curriculum Vitae) is a way of advertising yourself so that employers will want to meet you
  • When you are sending a CV out to employers, it should always be sent with a covering letter
  • Type it up - Your CV should always be word processed, and saved several places for backup
  • Keep it short - no more than 2 sides of A4 paper, with a font size of 11
  • Keep it simple - Don't print on coloured paper, use "fancy" fonts or graphics/clip art
  • Check it - Make sure your spelling and grammar are correct in all sections.
What should a CV include?
  • Name, address and contact numbers and email address
  • Personal Profile
  • Education and qualifications
  • Skills and work experience. This should include, paid work, work experience or voluntary work. Always put your most recent job first
  • Any additional skills or qualifications you have, such as a first aid certificate or driving licence.
  • Hobbies and interests
  • References

A covering letter is a brief introduction to your CV, but a vital attachment required when applying for vacancies. There are two main types of covering letters:

  • A letter which is being sent to apply for a specific vacancy
  • A speculative letter – which is an enquiry about any available opportunities within a company.
Top Tips when producing a Cover letter
  • Covering letters doesn’t need to be anymore than one A4 page.
  • Start with your name, address and contact number on the top right corner of the page
  • If you know who you need to address the letter to, write their details a few spaces down from yours, but on the left hand side.
  • The opening paragraph should tell them what type of job you are applying for – if you are applying for a specific vacancy state the job title, where and when you saw it advertised
  • Second paragraph should briefly highlight any skills and experience you have gained and state how it would be suitable for the position you are applying for.
  • A closing paragraph is required to bring the letter to end and should highlight to the employer your availability for interviews.
  • If you know the name of the person you are addressing the letter to then sign it “yours sincerely” if not then sign it “yours faithfully”
  • Finally, sign your name at the bottom of the letter.

Top Tips when producing a Speculative letter

  • Keep the letter clear and simple
  • Include details of the type of job you are interested in
  • In the letter you should make it clear you are asking if they have any vacancies at the moment.
  • Say what sort of job you are looking for and sell the skills you have to offer

If you can, enclose a stamped self-addressed envelope, this will give the employer encouragement to respond to your letter


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