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CVs, cover letters and application forms

Top tips on how to write a CV, cover letter and fill in application forms

 

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Tips for creating a CV

A Curriculum Vitae (CV) is a document you create to provide information about your suitability for employment. Employers often use CVs to screen applicants for interview, so it is important to have a CV that makes you stand out from the crowd.

  1. Study the job description. Identify what the employer is looking for. How does your past experience relate to the job? Use short examples on your CV to demonstrate. Remember to tailor your CV for different job applications.

 

  1. Never tell lies on your CV. If you are found out you could lose your job.

 

  1. Keep it short enough to read quickly (max 2 pages A4)

 

  1. Use a clear, professional font e.g. Arial 11.

 

  1. Check your spelling.

 

  1.  Ask someone else to proofread your finished CV

 

For CV examples and templates take a look at:

My World of Work
  Advice on writing a CV, CV builder and example CVs.
Jobs & Business Glasgow CV format plus hints and tips.
The Guardian  CV templates to fit every stage of your career.
Planit Entry level CV example, hints and tips (aimed at school leavers).

 

Tips for writing a cover letter

A cover letter gives you the chance to introduce yourself to an employer. It should be sent along with your application form so should not be a repeat of what you have already written.

 

For cover letter examples and layouts take a look at:

 

My World of Work Example cover letters and tips on how to layout your cover letter
Jobs & Business Glasgow
  information on creating a cover letter 
Planit cover letter basics and cover letter builder
(aimed at school leavers).

 

 

Tips for completing application forms


A job application form is your chance to show employers that you are a perfect fit for the job and worth inviting for interview. Not all application forms are the same so it is important to read the application form, any guidance notes and the job description carefully so you can identify what the employer is looking for.

 

  1. Take note of the closing date and leave plenty of time to complete and submit the application form.   For online applications use a Word document to type up your text and then copy into your online form.
  1. Never tell lies on an application form as you could lose your job if found out.
     
  2. Read over for spelling and grammar errors. Do not rely on spell check alone.
     
  3. Ask someone to proofread it for you.
     
  4. Photocopy or print form so that you can refer back to it if you are called for an interview

 

For more hints and tips on completing application forms take a look at:

 

Planit application form guidelines, hints and tips. (aimed at school leavers).

My World of Work Tips on how to fill in an application form, researching an employer, sample answers etc.

 

Reading list

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Book:The ultimate CV for managers & professionals, win senior managerial positions with an outstanding CV, Rachel Bishop-Firth:c2000 Book
Author: Bishop-Firth, Rachel
Year: c2000
Media class: Book
Publisher: How To Books
Resource type: Physical
127p. ; 22 cm
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Book:The CV book, how to avoid the most common mistakes and write a winning CV:2015:New Book
Author: Innes, James, 1975-
Year: 2015
Language: English
Media class: Book
Edition: New
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Pearson Education
Resource type: Physical
Note: Previous edition: 2012
304p ; 23.6x15.9cm (Paperback)
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Book:Ultimate CV, over 100 winning CVs to help you get the interview and the job, Martin John Yate:2015:Fourth edition Book
Author: Yate, Martin John
Year: 2015
Language: English
Media class: Book
Edition: Fourth edition
Publisher: KoganPage
Resource type: Physical
Note: Previous edition: 2012
ix, 312 pages ; 24 cm
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Book:Ultimate CV, master the art of creating a winning CV with over 100 samples to help you get the job, Martin John Yate:2018:Fifth edition Book
Author: Yate, Martin John
Year: 2018
Language: English
Media class: Book
Edition: Fifth edition
Publisher: KoganPage
Resource type: Physical
Note: Previous edition: 2015
vii, 238 pages ; 24 cm (pbk)
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Book:Creating your first ever CV in seven easy steps, how to build a winning skills-based CV for the very first time, Julia Dolowicz:c2012 Book
Author: Dolowicz, Julia
Year: c2012
Language: English
Media class: Book
Publisher: How To Books
Resource type: Physical
xviii, 147 p. ; 24 cm
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Book:The straightforward CV, Pauline Rogers:c2008:3rd ed Book
Author: Rogers, Pauline
Year: c2008
Language: English
Media class: Book
Edition: 3rd ed
Publisher: Straightforward
Resource type: Physical
Note: Previous ed.: 2007
99 p. ; 21 cm
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Book:How to write a brilliant CV, Jim Bright, Joanne Earl and David Winter:2015:5th edition Book
Author: Bright, Jim
Author: Earl, Joanne
Author: Winter, David
Year: 2015
Media class: Book
Edition: 5th edition
Publisher: Pearson Education Limited
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: Australia: Business + Publishing, 2000 and Great Britain as Brilliant CV: Pearson Education, 2001
298 pages ; 24cm
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Book:Building a great CV, Susanne Christian:c2011 Book
Author: Christian, Susanne
Year: c2011
Language: English
Media class: Book
Publisher: Trotman
Resource type: Physical
v, 185 p. ; 22 cm
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Book:CVs in a week, David McWhir:2016:[New] edition Book
Author: McWhir, David
Year: 2016
Media class: Book
Edition: [New] edition
Publisher: Teach Yourself
Resource type: Physical
Note: Previous edition: 2012
120 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm
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Book:CV and interview handbook, Sue Tumelty:c2008 Book
Author: Tumelty, Sue
Year: c2008
Language: English
Media class: Book
Publisher: Which?
Resource type: Physical
220 p. ; 21 cm
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Book:CVs and applications, Patricia McBride:c2007:6th ed Book
Author: McBride, Patricia
Year: c2007
Media class: Book
Edition: 6th ed
Publisher: Lifetime
Resource type: Physical
Note: Previous ed.: 2004
174 p., ill. ; 22 cm
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Book:CVs for dummies:c2009:2nd ed., UK ed. ; by Joyce Lain Kennedy and Lois-Andrea Ferguson Book
Author: Kennedy, Joyce Lain
Author: Ferguson, Lois-Andrea
Author: Shipside, Steve
Year: c2009
Language: English
Media class: Book
Edition: 2nd ed., UK ed. ; by Joyce Lain Kennedy and Lois-Andrea Ferguson
Publisher: John Wiley
Resource type: Physical
Note: Previous ed.: published as by Steve Shipside and Joyce Lain-Kennedy. 2004
xvi, 250 p., ill. ; 24 cm
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0753553074
Book:The 7 second CV, how to land the interview, James Reed:2019 Book
Author: Reed, James, 1963-
Year: 2019
Language: English
Media class: Book
Publisher: Virgin Books
Resource type: Physical
208 pages ; 22 cm (pbk)
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Talking book - CD:The 7 second CV, how to land the interview, James Reed:2019:Spoken word edition Talking book - CD
Author: Reed, James
Year: 2019
Media class: Talking book - CD
Edition: Spoken word edition
Publisher: W.F. Howes. CX5559
Resource type: Physical
Note: 5 Audio CDs, complete and unabridged, read by the author
5. - Audio CDs((5 hrs.)), digital stereo ; 17 cm
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Book:How to write an impressive CV & cover letter, a comprehensive guide for jobseekers, Tracey Whitmore:2021:Revised edition Book
Author: Whitmore, Tracey
Year: 2021
Language: English
Media class: Book
Edition: Revised edition
Publisher: Robinson
Resource type: Physical
Note: Previous edition: Oxford: How To Books, 2009
xix, 220 pages ; 24 cm (pbk)
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Book:How to write an impressive CV & cover letter, a comprehensive guide for the UK job seeker, Tracey Whitmore:c2009 Book
Author: Whitmore, Tracey
Year: c2009
Language: English
Media class: Book
Publisher: How To Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: CD-ROM
xiii, 242 p. ; 25 cm + 1 computer optical disc
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Book:The ultimate job hunting book, write a killer CV, discover hidden jobs, succeed at interview, David McWhir, Hilton Catt, Patricia Scudamore, Mo Shapiro and Alison Straw:2018:[New] edition Book
Author: McWhir, David
Author: Catt, Hilton
Author: Scudamore, Patricia
Author: Shapiro, Mo
Author: Straw, Alison
Year: 2018
Language: English
Media class: Book
Edition: [New] edition
Publisher: Teach Yourself
Resource type: Physical
Note: Previous edition: published as Job hunting in 4 weeks. 2015
437 pages ; 22 cm (pbk)
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Book:Funding, a handbook for ethnic minority groups in North-West England:c1988 Book
Author: Baldwinson, Tony, 1958-
Author: Greater Manchester Council for Voluntary Service
Year: c1988
Media class: Book
Publisher: Greater Manchester CVS
Resource type: Physical
Note: Bibl
72p ; 20cm
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Book:Guide to writing a C.V and conducting a successful interview, the easyway, Howard Rogers:2017:New edition Book
Author: Rogers, Howard
Year: 2017
Language: English
Media class: Book
Edition: New edition
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Straighforward Publishing
Resource type: Physical
Note: Previous edition: 2015
140 pages ; 21 cm
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Book:Noctes Sma' Weftianae, the web whereof being woven by various hands, was afterwards cut, pieced, and again put together,, by that cunning workman, John Strang, the original pattern drawer and designer of the same:MDCCCXLIX [1849] Book
Author: Strang, John, 1795-1863
Author: Malcolm, John Carfrae
Year: MDCCCXLIX [1849]
Media class: Book
Publisher: Published by the printer of this title page, the ingenious typographer, John Carfrae Malcolm, No.28, Nelson Street
Resource type: Physical
Note: The volume consists of printed title page, editor's preface, and blank pages on which are mounted cuttings from the magazine Scots Times. The Sma' Weft was a fictitious club in Glasgow, from which emanated a number of satirical articles on municipal affairs "The first number of the "Sma' Weftianae" appeared on the 3rd of October, 1829. The thirteen numbers of which the collection is composed, and of which there is only this inidivual copy in existence as a book, were written by various persons, and sometimes even two or three lent their aid to produce a singe number" - Preface 72369
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Book:History of the war in the Peninsula and in the South of France, from the year 1807 to the year 1814, by W. F. P. Napier ...:MDCCCXL, [1840] Book
Author: Napier, Sir, William, 1785-1860
Author: Jeffrey, Robert, 1827-1902, Collector
Author: Robert Jeffrey Collection
Year: MDCCCXL, [1840]
Media class: Book
Publisher: Thomas & William Boone, New Bond-Street
Resource type: Physical
Note: Spine title: History of Peninsular War Running title: History of the Peninsular War Volume bound in marbled cover with black leather spine and corners, gold lettering and decoration on spine, marbled lining papers and edges Volume has Robert Jeffrey crest affixed to spine, and Charles Barry bookplate inside front cover 301487
cv, [3], 709, [1] pages, 10 leaves of plates, maps ; 22 cm
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