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cover letter and cv advice

A Cover Letter is a letter of intent for a job, it is a cover letter that summarizes an applicant’s interest in the job and details any qualifications and experience. The letter of intent is submitted along with a CV.

The letter of intent can be used to showcase the skills of the applicant, make note of degrees and other educational achievements and credentials that make the candidate more suitable for the position and to describe any related work that might make the resume stand out from others. An applicant can also mention any awards that have been bestowed upon him or her, or provide information about civic or volunteer work that he or she has done in the past. Finally, it can also be used to communicate the applicant’s availability for an interview. Students should always include any experience that is particularly relevant to the post for which they are applying. Students should mention their educational achievements especially when relevant to the post they are applying for. The title of an educational qualification is needed, there is no need to mention the date it was achieved as this will be made clear on the attached CV. Students should mention their individual skills for example, teamwork, reliability, work ethic, ability to adapt to change and so on.

Creating your CV – 12 STEPS:

A lot of people over worry about their CV’s, but the essence of a CV is that you keep to relevant information and make it simple and easy to read. Follow these simple rules and you will create a usable CV.

1. Select your format (various templates are available on line).

2. Use the same font throughout the CV. You can vary the size and the boldness as you choose.

3. Do not attach or include a photograph unless it is requested directly by an employer. If you do include or attach a photograph, make sure it is acceptable and professional, head shot only.

4. At the very top put your name and then include your phone, mobile and e-mail address. If you have an e-mail address that does not look professional, create a new e-mail address that is simple and if possible includes all or part of your name. Use this e-mail address for your job searching keeping the messages free from spam and personal e-mails. There is no need to enter your full address unless you wish to.

5. You may wish to include a personal statement. If you are attaching a Covering Letter you do not need to include a Personal Statement, so it is better to have two CV’s, one with and one without a Personal Statement. Make sure the statement highlights your qualities and experience but do not make the statement too long.

6. Your first section, this can either be your work history or your educational background depending on which looks the most impressive. If you put your education first, put your work history second and vice versa.

7. Educational History, list your qualifications and the year obtained, including GCSE’s or qualifications gained from abroad. Then list in date order, most recent first and so on. Then include the educational establishment you attended and the years of attendance.

8. Work history should be in reverse order with most recent first and so on. Name the company where you worked the area or city they were based, your job title and a brief description of your duties. Include any work undertaken outside of the UK.

9. Add a separate section if you have undertaken any voluntary work, using the same format as was for the employment history.

10. Then enter your hobbies and interests.

11. The final section will be your references. You can put your referees name and contact details or simply put “References available upon request”. Make sure your referees are aware you are using them as your reference.

12. The final advice is to make sure that your CV does not exceed more than two pages if possible, a few lines on a third page is acceptable but do not go beyond this. This is why you must write your CVs carefully and include only relevant material.

It is also worthwhile, if you are applying for different types of employment, to have different CVs, each with relevance for the general positions you are applying for. This is where voluntary work and the way you write any personal statement or cover letter comes into importance.

The college Careers Service can help you create your CV or proof read your CV. If you need any extra help or assistance please contact

The following are a list of web sites that you may find useful.

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