CVs, covering letters and applications

Application processes vary depending on role and employer, but many core elements are shared. See our guides below for further information and advice, and check out our FAQ for more information, including how to find proofreaders.

We also cover these topics in many of our talks and workshops: see our events programme for details.

  • CVs

    Many part-time jobs, and some full-time positions, will ask you to apply with a CV and covering letter. This page provides advice on how to make your CV stand out from the competition.

  • ‌‌Covering letters

    A covering letter is your targeted application to an employer, usually accompanied by your CV. This page takes you through what to write to make your covering letter attract attention and show you in your best light.

  • Application forms

    Working on an application form? This page offers you top tips for completing your applications and help with the tougher questions.

  • Speculative applications

    Applying speculatively means sending a CV and covering letter to an employer asking whether they can offer a job or work experience. Check out our advice on how to do this.

  • Postgraduate applications

    Applications for postgraduate study differ greatly. Take a look at our information about further study which includes hints and tips on how best to apply.

  • Researching employers

    All applications should be tailored to the specific employer. If you want to stand out, it's essential that you research the employer before you apply.

Can we help?

Application reviews - book online

CV/application reviews take place throughout the week. Log in to mycareer to find out when they're happening and to book.

You can book from 8pm the day before, and please bring a paper copy with you.