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CV and covering letter

At Zed, we can provide feedback on your CV and will make sure that when it is sent to a perspective employer on your behalf it is in our house style and highlights your career, experience and achievements in the best possible way

Many candidates write different CVs for the various roles they are applying to so that they can be specific to the job advert – this is often a good idea

The main thing to remember is that this document is produced to highlight your achievements and you must aim to make your CV outstanding.

  • Let your achievements stand out. Start with your most recent experience and while you must outline posts you’ve held, write less detail about your earlier career (if appropriate)
  • Your CV can exceed 2 pages if the content is relevant and requires detail
  • Be honest. If there are any gaps in your career, explain why
  • It’s also appropriate to highlight any position that you have held  which have been on a contract or temporary basis since otherwise , you could appear to be a job hopper 
  • Avoid too much technical jargon and plan to make your CV easily readable. Use bullet points where possible as these are easier to read
  • Make sure that your CV and any social media such as LinkedIn are consistent in terms of your career history and  experience
  • Be comfortable with your CV, you’re  showcasing your career and you need to be able to talk through this document with ease and confidence
  • Proof read your CV and make sure that there are no spelling or grammatical errors

Writing a cover letter

In addition to writing a good CV, you must also be able to write a good covering letter and you should also do this for online applications.

A cover letter should be done for each application and you should not send the same cover letter to each job as it looks lazy.

Your letter must stand out and make the hiring manager / recruiter want to read it. The same applies if you are submitting a speculative CV.

Here are some tips for writing a covering letter:

  • Personalise your letter by including a named contact if you can
  • Your cover letter should be short and direct. This is your ‘elevator pitch’
  • Make reference to why you think that you are suitable and match this with the experience shown on your CV
  • Make reference to your interest in the company and why
  • Reiterate your interest in the role
  • Answer any questions which are asked in the advert e.g. salary expectations or hours available to work. If you do not provide this information then your application maybe overlooked
  • If possible, try to use the same tone of the advert with your application (e.g. the advert may be written in simple terms therefore your application letter should mirror this)