Getting your application together
For most roles, an application involves sending a curriculum vitae (CV) and a covering letter. The purpose of these documents is to get you an interview and so they need to be strong. Our top tips are:
- make them easy to read
- check your spelling and grammar carefully
- describe your skills and how you use them, with key examples of what you have achieved
You should also consider the length of your CV (not too long), the format it is in (make it easy to read) and tailor it to the role you are applying for. You can achieve this by closely reading the job role or person specification, identifying the key skills and experience they are looking for and then demonstrating how your relevant expertise and skills match their requirements.
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Your covering letter
The covering letter is your chance to sell yourself to your future employer and like the CV its only purpose is to secure you an interview. Keep it to one page of A4 but make sure you include the following:
Application forms are used primarily for graduate schemes and NHS roles.
When completing an application form, the most important thing to remember is: Follow the instructions.