Applying for a job

When you apply for a job, you’ll generally be asked to send in your résumé (or CV), together with a cover letter or email of application. Employers often receive hundreds of applications for a job, so it’s very important to make sure that both your résumé and cover letter create the right impression and present your professional background in a focused, well-structured, and attractive way.

This section offers guidance on how to prepare impressive job application materials. Read our Top tips for writing a résumé and Top tips for writing a cover letter to get straightforward and essential advice, and explore the links below for more in-depth information and examples covering:

Writing a résumé

Learn how to structure and format a résumé for all levels of employment, and view example résumés for different job levels.

Writing a cover letter

Advice on what to include in a cover letter to make you stand out to employers, along with example application cover letters.

Using dynamic verbs for an impressive job application

Helpful suggestions on what language to use when writing about your work history.

 

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