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Careers Services

Effective CV's, Applications & Cover Letters

Preparing an effective CV or Application Form can be the key to success when job hunting. It is essential to present yourself well and understand what the employer is looking for.

What Recruiters Want - Graduate employers have clear selection criteria, based on particular competences and skills. We decode the careers jargon and show how you can demonstrate that you meet the job specification.



CV Preparation

A CV is a document that outlines your background and experience so that employers can assess your suitability for a job. (It's short for curriculum vitae, but no-one calls them that any more.) Many employers – including around a third of graduate recruiters in Ireland – ask for job applications in the format of CV and covering letter.

From your point of view, the purpose of the CV is simple: to get you an interview.

  • CV Outline - what to include, the layout and format. Includes sample CV's and Cover Letters
  • CV Checklist - a quick test for you to check your CV
  • CV Power Words - Power/Action words for your CV to ensure you are selling yourself as much as possible


Application Forms

Job applications forms, whether online or on paper, are the first step to getting a job interview. This step-by-step guide explains how to give employers the information they need to put you on the shortlist.



Cover Letter Writing

Applications forms and CVs need a covering letter to go with them. Here's how to use this cover letter to enhance your application and emphasise your suitability for the job.


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