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Developing your CV and supporting materials

It is important to have an up to date curriculum vitae (CV) when thinking about any career change or progression. When a potential employer asks to see your CV they are looking for one thing – proof that you are the ideal candidate to invest their time and money in. There are many resources available to help you with common questions you may have around producing and amending CVs, as well as supporting materials like covering letters and application forms.

Writing a CV

The jobs.ac.uk site has comprehensive resources and everything you need to help you in producing and tailoring your CV including specimen templates for academic and non-academic CVs. Remember to highlight your achievements in a positive way on a CV and avoid listing tasks. See some examples here.

Covering letters and application forms

Covering letters and application forms should always be tailored for the specific role. For help see Guidance on covering letters and application forms

Further guidance is available here: Acing the Online Application Form

Social media presence

Ensure your online presence is appropriate for the sector you wish to work in and supports your progression.

A lot of employers search for new recruits via LinkedIn so a good online presence here is essential. There may be other useful social media platforms relevant to your chosen area.

LinkedIn Profile Guidance

Tips to using social media to your advantage