Top tips on how to write a CV, cover letter and fill in application forms
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.
- 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.
- Never tell lies on your CV. If you are found out you could lose your job.
- Keep it short enough to read quickly (max 2 pages A4)
- Use a clear, professional font e.g. Arial 11.
- Check your spelling.
- 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.
- 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.
- Never tell lies on an application form as you could lose your job if found out.
- Read over for spelling and grammar errors. Do not rely on spell check alone.
- Ask someone to proofread it for you.
- 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.