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Your CV and Cover Letter Writing Guide in the UK

Your CV and Cover Letter Writing Guide in the UK

Are you now settled in your new Casita accommodation? Perhaps now is the time for you to think about rewriting your CV and cover letters. Yes, several cover letters. Before rushing into the rewriting process, you have to give the field or the job title you will be pursuing some serious thought.

After deciding on your desired Job Title, it is time for some research. Research is the most important, yet the most underestimated step in CV writing. Look up all the job titles related to your field of interest and list the job description of each. This procedure will give you an insight into what employers are currently looking for. Also, you will need to make sure that you have the needed skills to achieve the requirements of this job. You can check our “5 Must-Have Skills for University Students Pursuing Professional Careers” blog to learn more about the basic skills needed for any job.

Now you are ready to start designing the layout of your CV. Remember to use size 12 and Times New Roman font as well as bold headings. Also, keep in mind that employers see numerous CVs and your CV should be distinctive and noticeable, so let your creativity flow. Initially, any employer will want to know your name, address, email, and phone number, so state these at the top central section of your CV paper. Your Employment history should come next in reverse chronological order. Make sure to state the correct dates and write the exact responsibilities bound to your previous jobs.

As shown, the ‘Education’ section comes next, and to an extent, it is not difficult to be organized. Write the University, major, the overall grade, and the expected year of graduation. Then, you can write the school that you used to attend before going to University in the same section but in a different bulleted point. You might want to state any certified courses that you have attended in this section as well. 

Volunteering  Work is the section employers love the most. They appreciate social applicants with leadership skills and adaptability traits. If you are a Student Union’s member, scribble that and make sure to refer to your responsibilities and roles, as well as the names of the projects you participated in. Real hyperlinked projects or attached work samples are a great bonus.

In addition to the basic skills required for any job applicant to be desirable, there are also other field-related skills. Make sure to write these skills in the ‘Skills’ section and relate them to any certified or uncertified courses that you have taken, even if they are online courses. Self-study means that you are determined and passionate about what you want to do. Computer, technical, and language skills and their levels are listed in this section too.

At the end, your CV should look like this:

If you have made it that far, you are two steps away from starting your job-hunting journey. The first step is getting referrals from your University professors, or previous employers and supervisors. Attaching their contact details will give the information in your CV more credibility. Your final step is to write a creative and distinctive cover letter. Your cover letter should open with an introductory sentence explaining what this email is about, such as “I found an accounting job advert on reed.co.uk.” Then, you will have to introduce yourself and personalize the letter as much as possible. Write how your skills will benefit the company and the things that you can offer. In other words, answer the hypothetical question “Why should they hire me?” Write a nice closure asserting that you would like to receive a feedback, and remember to read as much information as you can to address the company more effectively. You will have to write a new cover letter every time you are applying for a new company, so keep practising. The more you write, the better you will be. Remember to include any personal details that you did not mention in the CV, such as your gender if it is not obvious from your name, your birth date, and your nationality. 

Extra Tips: 

  • Social media is great for broadcasting yourself. Try using LinkedIn, CareerBuilder, and other job-hunting websites and wait for employers contacting you.
  • Be creative and think outside the box. Personalizing your CV, yet leaving it professional could be tricky. Balance the two wisely.
  • Follow-up even if you did not hear back from the companies that you have applied for. Employers appreciate following up with them and take the applicants who do more seriously.


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