While for many academics reviewing is part of the service component of a job, for others (like most graduate students and postdocs) it’s a volunteer activity. So why do it?
CV and Cover Letter Advice
I have a 37-page version of my CV, and it’s the most boring document in the world.
Why “boring”? Well, my CV hasn’t reached 37 pages because I’m impressive. I’m not. Instead, my CV has reached 37 pages because I put everything on it – and oh boy, do I mean everything.
Your CV and cover letter will be the first thing that the prospective employers will see about you. Follow this short 3-part guide on how to write a CV and cover letter to make sure it’s not the last.
What happens next? Everything is in state of flux and uncertainty. Nothing’s what we’re used to. Our routines haven’t just been broken; they’ve been shattered into a thousand different pieces and no-one seems to know how to put them back together again… yet.
Following a successful series of career advice webinars the team at jobs.ac.uk hosted a CV Advice webinar. Listen to our panellists as they discuss CV advice and tips for how to effectively write a CV for different job types.
‘Be prepared’ is a good motto for life in general and is certainly relevant to our employment situation and prospects. One day you might feel settled in a job, seeing a good career trajectory ahead, whether employed or self-employed. Then the next day sudden change occurs, taking all that away…>
An applicant tracking system (ATS) is the gatekeeping software that employers and recruiters often use to help them shortlist candidates. It has other purposes, but this ability to organise and rank applications means you, as a candidate, need to know how it works. Armed with this information, you can then…>
Have you heard the phrase: ‘Behind every CV is a great cover letter’? We’d argue that the reverse is true. In front of every CV is a flawless cover letter. It’s your introductory tool which whets the appetite and leaves a memorable impression. Think of your CV as the facts…>
Writing a customised, relevant, and highly specific CV gives you the edge as a candidate. It tells the employer you’re serious and makes it easier for them to see how and why you’d be a great fit for the role. This is how to keep your target employer in mind while you’re writing the perfect CV.
A cover letter for industry often has four sections – an introduction, the ‘sell’, motivations, and the close. It is important to tailor your document to the employer and you can do this through your research into the role and the organisation as well as the competencies you have to evidence. T