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Psychology graduate leavers pack The application process


A CV (curriculum vitae) is a presentation tool that highlights your skills and experiences to an employer or university admissions tutor. The worlds of work and academia are competitive to enter and decisions are continually being made about who should be appointed to fill vacancies. A good CV will ensure that your strengths are recognised and should also assure you of an interview for the role or position for which you are applying.


Although graduate recruiters and universities use online application systems when recruiting, there are still many times when CVs are requested as part of the application process. These include:

An up to date CV is a useful document to have to give out to employers at careers fairs and similar recruitment events. Any portfolio of your academic and work experience should also include your up to date CV.

Key points

To make your CV effective, you need to be aware of the following points:

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