Worried your CV is looking a bit bare? Or wondering how to explain a period when you weren’t working or studying? We’ve collected some of our top tips on tackling gaps on your CV, so you can feel confident whatever you’re applying for.
Zubair Khan, Year 2 Accounting and Finance (BSc), has been working as a Career Peer Support Assistant at the Careers Service. Zubair has worked predominantly with the Employer Engagement Team, which build relationships with employers and create networking and job hunting opportunities for you through careers fairs, skills sessions, and much more.
1. Get applications in on time
Nowadays, most companies tend to check applications on a rolling or a first-come-first-served basis. Hence, once they receive their target number of applications, there is a high chance that they would close their application portal which might stop you from even before the deadline. The last thing you want to do is to get miss out on applying to your dream company solely because you were a bit too late!
2. Triple check your submitted application
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- Plan your career
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1. Tailoring. This is not just for cover letters, every CV should be tailored to the job and organisation you’re applying for. Do this by reading through the job description and person specification and matching everything you say to what they want. Don’t have a job description? You can find an example on prospects.ac.uk.
2. Length. Your CV should be 1 or 2 full pages. No half pages: fill each page. Finance and management consultancy usually expect 1 page, however, this depends on the company so worth checking directly with them.