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Use the resources/services below to assist you in writing any type of application, (CVs, Cover Letters, Application Forms or Personal Statements), for any purpose.

Online Information and Resources...

A range of materials provided by The Careers Group, University of London are free to download...

How to Write a CV
In-depth downloadable book which covers information on CVs and Cover Letters. Includes a template CV and sample Cover Letter.

How to Complete an Application Form
In-depth downloadable book looking at how to complete a successful application form with a focus on writing personal statements.

How to Analyse and Promote your Skills For Work

In-depth downloadable book which will help you learn more about the key skills sought by most graduate recruiters and how to market your skills and experiences effectively to provide evidence of such skills when writing applications.

The Careers Service Guide
Includes chapters on CVs, Cover Letters and Application Forms plus Postgraduate Study Applications.

Help sheets

  • How to Write a CV
  • Covering Letters
  • CVs for PhD Students
  • Completing Job Application Forms
  • Personal Statements

Grammar guide to assist students with constructing their application. (Please note that our Applications Advisers will not proof-read applications or CVs for grammar or spelling errors).

Careers Tagged
Our staff and other Career Professionals from across our parent body, The Careers Group, University of London, have provided reviews and descriptions of a wide range of other websites and online resources on our online careers resource library - Careers Tagged. Use tags such as "Applications”, "CVs", "Covering Letters " etc. and/or tags for the sector you're applying to to link to a range of online resources to get started...

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Reference and Loan Books at the Careers Service...

Ready Made CVs, Lynn Williams*
Templates of CVs for jobs in different industries along with specific advice for each type of CV.

Killer CVs & Hidden Approaches, Graham Perkins*
How to approach gaining employment with major chapters focusing on the CV and Covering Letter.

Medical School Applications
A range of medical school entry books with chapters on writing the UCAS personal statement.

How to Complete Your UCAS Application
A general guide for anyone writing a personal statement for an undergraduate course.

Prospects Postgraduate Directory
Includes a chapter on the application process for postgraduate study.

Applying for a PGCE
Guide on applications to the GTTR (Graduate Teacher Training Registry).

*These books can be used at the Careers Service or borrowed for up to 3 working days with a £10 cash deposit. Other books are fro reference only.

Free take-away materials...

Help sheets and booklets available to be collected:

  • Application Letters
  • CVs for PhD Students
  • How to write a CV
  • Completing Job Application Forms
  • Personal Statements

The Careers Service Guide (from The Careers Group, University of London)
Includes chapters on CVs, Cover Letters and Application Forms and Postgraduate Study Applications.

Sector Specific Guides, Employer Directories and Career Magazines:
We stock a range of general Graduate Recruiter Directories and Internship Guides which give tips and advice on writing applications. Additionally, many of the sector guides we stock will contain tips for writing applications for a specific type of role. Pick these up for free at the Careers Service.

Employer Literature:
Many employers also provide company brochures which can be collected from the Careers Service. These often include specific tips on the company's recruitment process and will highlight what you need to include to make your application stand out.

Meeting Employers and other Events...

  • Employer led Skills sessions - 1-1 Coaching or group Workshops / Panel Talks focusing on writing applications. (Autumn and Spring Terms)
  • Employer Presentations - Talks by companies throughout Autumn and Spring about their opportunities which usually include tips on completing applications for their particular roles
  • Employer Fairs (Autumn) / Networking Events (Autumn/Spring) - A chance to network with employers and ask informally about application procedures
  • Careers Adviser led Interview Skills workshops specifically for Masters, PhD or International students (various times throughout the year)
  • Careers Adviser led Interview Skills workshops specifically for GradClub Members (various times throughout the year)

Remember to register with UCLAlert to be notified of relevant events by email.

1-1 Advice and Guidance...

Through one of our "Applications Advice" appointments, a member of the Careers Service Team with specialist training on current recruitment methods, (for work or further study), and what employers/course providers look for, will review any CV, cover letter, personal statement or application form. They will focus on whether your application is fit for purpose and give you advice on how to improve it if necessary.

They will also help you analyse your skills and experience in relation to how these fit with the recruiter's requirements and help you understand how to promote them effectively so that you can use the same techniques if you're writing several applications for similar things.

Find out more about availability and booking...

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