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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.

 

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Book:The straightforward CV, Pauline Rogers:c2008:3rd ed
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:The straightforward C.V., Pauline Rogers:[2014]:Revised edition
Author: Rogers, Pauline
Year [2014]
Language: English
Media class: Book
Edition: Revised edition
Publisher: Straightforward Publishing
Resource type: Physical
Note: Previous ed.: 2011 Previous edition: 2011
128 pages ; 21 cm
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Book:Building a great CV, Susanne Christian:c2011
Author: Christian, Susanne
Year c2011
Language: English
Media class: Book
Publisher: Trotman
Resource type: Physical
v, 185 p. ; 22 cm
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eAudio:Aurora: CV-01, [electronic resource], Ryk Brown:2015
Author: Brown, Ryk
Author: Kafer, Jeffrey
Year 2015
Media class: eAudio
Publisher: Tantor Media
Resource type: Electronic
Note: Read by Jeffrey Kafer
1 online resource (audio files (7 hr., 15 min., 14 sec.)) : digital, stereo
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Book:CV and interview handbook, Sue Tumelty:c2008
Author: Tumelty, Sue
Year c2008
Language: English
Media class: Book
Publisher: Which?
Resource type: Physical
220 p. ; 21 cm
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Book:How to write a brilliant CV, Jim Bright, Joanne Earl and David Winter:2015:5th edition
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:The CV book, how to avoid the most common mistakes and write a winning CV, James Innes:2016:Third edition
Author: Innes, James, 1975-
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Book
Edition: Third edition
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Pearson
Resource type: Physical
Note: Previous edition: 2012
xvi, 271 pages ; 24 cm
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Book:The ultimate CV for managers & professionals, win senior managerial positions with an outstanding CV, Rachel Bishop-Firth:c2000
Author: Bishop-Firth, Rachel
Year c2000
Media class: Book
Publisher: How To Books
Resource type: Physical
127p. ; 22 cm
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Book:Why you?, CV messages to win jobs, John Lees:c2007
Author: Lees, John, 1958-
Year c2007
Language: English
Media class: Book
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
Resource type: Physical
ix, 203 p., ill. ; 23 cm
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0753553074
Book:The 7 second CV, how to land the interview, James Reed:2019
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
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:Guide to writing a C.V and conducting a successful interview, the easyway, Howard Rogers:2017:New edition
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: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
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
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:Write your first successful C.V., get your career off to a winning start:c1989
Author: Stoyell, Susan
Year c1989
Media class: Book
Publisher: Foulsham
Resource type: Physical
63p ; 25cm
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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
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:How to write an impressive CV & cover letter, a comprehensive guide for the UK job seeker, Tracey Whitmore:c2009
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:Citroën 2-cylinder owners workshop manual, models covered Citroën 2cv, Ami (except Super) and Dyane, I.M. Coomber:c1981
Author: Coomber, Ian, 1943-
Year c1981
Media class: Book
Publisher: Haynes
Resource type: Physical
Note: Does not cover Visa 1967 to 1980
182p, ill(some col.) ; 28cm
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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
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:Inflation/unemployment, J.E. Evans-Pritchard, C.V. Ross-Smith:[1980?]
Author: Evans-Pritchard, John
Author: Ross-Smith, C. V.
Year [1980?]
Media class: Book
Publisher: Sussex Tapes
Resource type: Physical
Note: Title from container
1. - sound cassette(ca 66 min) : 2 track, 1 7/8 ips, mono + Study notes (15p, (4) leaves : ill)
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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]
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
[1],cv p. ; 20cm
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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]
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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