Careers

Careers Information, Advice and Guidance

Read our careers information, advice and guidance to help you prepare for interviews and CV writing.
It is important to start thinking about your career whilst still studying as you can gain access to knowledge which can help advance your career. Use this time to consider your career goals, plan for the future, and take practical steps. For learners starting to plan their future, it’s important to gather useful tips and advice before entering the workforce.

CV Tips and Tricks

How to write a CV

What to include in your CV:

  • Header with contact information – this should include your name, phone number and email address
  • Professional Summary – this is a short bio that introduces yourself and highlights your career path
  • Education – include where you went to school or college and list your qualifications
  • Work Experience – include any work experience you may have, e.g. volunteer work
  • List relevant skills – include any skills that can relate to the job you are applying for
  • Personal Interests – include any hobbies or interests that can help to build a personal connection with the hiring manager

Do

  • Use a clear font like Arial, Calibri or Times New Roman in size 11
  • Use headings and bullet points to make it easier to read
  • Get someone to check your spelling and grammar
  • Be clear and to the point
  • Use a professional email address

Don't

  • Avoid including too much information
  • Include a picture of yourself
  • Include your age or date of birth
  • Lie or use someone else’s experience
  • Include irrelevant information

Interview Tips and Tricks

How to prepare for an interview

Preparing for an interview is essential as it will create a positive impression and increase your chances of success. Remember to be confident and answer all questions honestly.

Do

  • Research the company – Research the company’s background, culture and values to demonstrate your interest
  • Practice interview questions – Practice answering common interview questions and prepare what you will say
  • Dress appropriately – Dress professionally and in accordance with the company’s dress code
  • Arrive early – Aim to arrive 10-15 minutes early to show punctuality and enthusiasm
  • Bring copies of your CV – Share your CV with the interviewers

Don't

  • Arrive late – avoid being late as it will create a negative impression
  • Use unprofessional language – try not to use slang or inappropriate language during the interview
  • Interrupt the interviewer – allow the interviewer to finish speaking before responding┬á
  • Overshare personal information – Keep personal information limited┬á
  • Speak negatively┬á

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