CV / Covering Letter

Applying for a part-time job is a serious business – it can make all the difference to getting the higher paid positions. The following hints and tips will help you to become more successful in your job search.

Writing a CV

  •  A CV (Curriculum Vitae) is a record of your personal details, education and work experience – a track record of your achievements.  But a CV is also more than that it’s your chance to sell/market yourself to show that you are the right person for the job.
  •  Keep to a maximum of two sides of A4 make sure it’s clearly laid out with a good use of white space.
  • Make your CV simple and concise, use short sharp sentences and avoid using jargon/slang terms.
  • It is important to tailor your CV to each position you are applying for.
  • Include the following information; Full name, Address, Telephone Number, Key Skills, Education, Qualifications and Training, Career History, Personal Interests and Referees.
  • Don’t forget to include any languages spoken or read, general computer/keyboard skills, driving – length of experience and if you have a ‘clean’ licence.
  • Referees – include the details of 2 referees in your CV.  One can be academic the other should be a recent employer.  Personal friends are less appropriate and you should avoid them if you can.  Relatives should never be used.  Ask permission from your referees first, give them a copy of your CV and tell them about the type of work or job for which you are applying.
  • Finally ask someone to check the information and spellings for you.

CLICK HERE FOR A SAMPLE CV.

Do you have an up-to-date CV?


Whatever stage you are at with your career planning, from fresher to ?nal year and beyond, you are welcome to interact with the University's professional Careers team. There are various ways in which you can do this:

  • Book a 15 minute appointment with the Duty Adviser
  • Book an appointment with a Careers Adviser for your degree subject
  • Book a practice interview (1 hour)
  • Submit a query online to the University's Virtual Adviser 
  • For further information on all of these visit https://www.abdn.ac.uk/careers/about/advice-guidance.php

Top Tips For Your CV

• Do your research – A CV is only ever as good as it is relevant and tailored to your chosen field. Think about key skills and other requirements and how you match them.
• Be selective – Make sure you give relevant experience room and keep essentials (such as contact details) to a minimum.
• Make it look good – A well-presented CV ensures that recruiters find all relevant information quickly and easily.
• Check it and get it checked – It is your job to get rid of any spelling and grammatical errors. We will be happy to give you feedback on all other aspects of your CV. Keep your CV up to date, so you are always ready to apply for the next opportunity that comes your way.

Covering Letters

When someone has lots of CVs to shortlist, cover letters can be the most important part of an application as they set the tone of an application, and should inspire the employer to read the enclosed CV. While your CV sets out the skills and experience, your covering letter allows the employer to see the connection between your skills and abilities and what the company needs or wants.

The following provides a useful overview for a covering letter.  You should write 3-4 paragraphs including information such as:

  • Briefly introduce yourself, state what position you’re applying for and where you saw it advertised.
  • Explain why you’re interested in this type of work, and this particular employer, perhaps demonstrating an understanding of what it’s likely to involve.
  • Show the ways in which you are suitable for this position by highlighting particular parts of your CV that are your unique selling points. Provide evidence of your key strengths by referring to experience listed on your CV. Aim to show how your key strengths reflect the requirements of the employer and position
  • Take the opportunity, if necessary, to explain any time gaps or any ways in which you don’t match the selection criteria. Perhaps explain how any hurdles you’ve encountered have helped you develop in a positive way.
  • Indicate availability for interview and make sure to include your full contact details.

CLICK HERE FOR A SAMPLE COVERING LETTER.