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Making Successful Applications

Applying for a job can be a time consuming process. Each application you submit should be tailored to the specific role and organisation to which you are applying. This will help to ensure that you demonstrate your suitability for the role to the recruiter. Many people may be applying for the same role so you need to ensure your application stands out.

Below are a number of resources to help you through the various stages of the application process.

We also run a number of workshops and presentations which cover the application process and can be booked via MyCareer.

Design Your Future Series

Design Your Future Series

Our Design Your Future Series consists of workshops and webinars that provide the opportunity to develop skills and abilities to aid you on your career journey.

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Find the right format, content and language for your CV by downloading a copy of our CV and Covering Letters guide or by watching our online Discover...CVs workshop.

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Covering Letters

Explore the format and content of a strong covering letter by watching our online Discover...Covering Letters workshop or downloading our CV and Covering Letters guide.

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Learn how to structure an answer on an application form and watch our online Discover...Applications workshop.

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Learn how to use LinkedIn most effectively, including how to perfect your LinkedIn profile.

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LinkedIn Learning

As a current student you can use LinkedIn Learning for free! Access a wide range of free videos and courses to enhance your employability skills.

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Online Tests

Find out more about various online tests you may encounter during the recruitment process and try a variety of practice tests to help you succeed.

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Understand what a recruiter is looking for and how to answer a interview questions by watching our online Discover...Interviews workshop.

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Assessment Centres

Explore what's involved in an assessment centre and how to do well, including a downloadable copy of our Interviews and assessment centre guide.

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Learn why references are used and how to choose the right people.

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Careers Events

Find out more about our employer led workshops and presentations, helping you through each stage of the application process, as well as details of our Careers Fairs.

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Disability Disclosure

Information about disclosing a disability, specific learning difficulty or long-term health condition during the application process.

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