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CVs and Applications. Rose Watson Senior Careers Adviser University of Worcester. Understanding recruitment cultures. CVs: Basic principles . Consider what the employer is looking for Read person spec/employers web site carefully Match what you have to offer.

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Cvs and applications

CVs and Applications

Rose Watson

Senior Careers Adviser

University of Worcester



Cvs basic principles
CVs: Basic principles

  • Consider what the employer is looking for

  • Read person spec/employers web site carefully

  • Match what you have to offer.

  • Give concrete and specific examples

  • No room for any spelling/punctuation/ grammatical errors!


Cvs additional points
CVs: additional points

  • A CV is a marketing tool

  • You do not have to include everything about yourself!

  • Your ‘prime information’ should be placed in most prominent position


Application forms basic principles
Application forms: Basic principles

  • Consider what the employer is looking for

  • Read person spec/employers web site carefully

  • Match what you have to offer.

  • Give concrete and specific examples

  • No room for any spelling/punctuation/ grammatical errors!


Cvs and applications

Ask not what your country can do for you -

ask what you can do for your country ……


Using starr to frame your examples
Using STARR to frame your examples

Situation: ‘When I was working at Asda, I was responsible for the weekend staff rota’

Task: ‘one weekend, 3 members of staff called in sick, and I realised that we did not have enough staff to cover till points at the busy times’

Action: ‘I asked a couple of people if they wanted to work extra hours, and phoned some other part timers. At the same time, I closed two till points as it was relatively quiet’

Result: ‘Although we had a couple of tense moments when queues started to build up, we were able to maintain our acceptable queue levels’

Reflection ‘in retrospect I would have had more staff on standby , and would have anticipated staff shortages, as its was a member of staff’s 21st birthday the night before’.


For more help
For more help

  • Information and resources from Careers and Study Skills Zone

  • CV and interview skills workshops

    www.worc.ac.uk/workshops

  • Individual feedback from Careers Drop In.

  • Mon, Wed, Fri 12.00-1.30. Book on the day at firstpoint.