Your CV and Cover Letter
The aim of your CV is to get you to the interview. To achieve that it needs to:
- display your achievements strengths and skills using positive language
- convey your passion
- be instantly appealing to the reader
- easy to read and tailored to the job advertised
- sound like you
- be authentic – so many CV’s are too generic
The interviewer wants to find out who the person is behind the CV, what your job history and experience is, see any opportunities you have taken and get a feel for whether you’ll be a good ‘fit’ for the company.
Be specific. Note the skills the employer is looking for, work out how your experience matches those requirements and give examples of this on your CV. It’s fine to use wording from the job description and advert. Like ‘organisational skills’ – just add your example of how you demonstrate these.
Start creating your CV with our free template:
Do I Need a Cover Letter?
Yes! A cover letter is an essential part of any job application and should always accompany your CV. Your cover letter should be tailored to each job you apply for. It should be no more than one A4 page. Start with the job ad/job description and respond to the key requirements.
What is an elevator pitch?
A brief summary of you, your background and goals. It’s what you say about yourself when introduced for the first time. Versions of your pitch can be used at the start of a job interview or in a networking situation – you can prepare for these situations in advance.
Your pitch should include a brief outline of a recent, relevant project, include what makes you different to others and your goals and ambitions. Be clear about what you want and match it to what the listener is looking for, e.g. “I’d be keen to see if there is an opportunity for me to help you expand your membership/ sell more products.”
- Be relevant to the listener
- Use plain language
- Say how you can benefit the listener
- Practice – sound genuine and natural
Preparing for Interviews
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Step 1: Know the basics
Step 2: Review your application
Step 3: Research the employer
Step 4: Practise, practise, practise
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