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ALWAYS ensure you thoroughly proofread your CV, job application, and cover letter. Check for spelling and grammar errors,
as you want to demonstrate strong attention to detail to potential employers.

How to write your CV

CV Writing with WELL Training

Before you write a CV:

  • Think about how you can tailor your CV to the specific job you’re applying for
  • Research the company and carefully read the job description to understand the skills and experiences they value most. This will help you highlight the most relevant qualifications and make your CV stand out to potential employers.
  • Name: Use a clear, professional font
  • Contact information: Include phone number, email address, address is optional, but sometimes preferred
  • Brief & concise: Summarise your professional background in 2-3 sentences
  • Highlight strengths: Focus on your main skills, experiences, & career goals
  • Soft Skills: Include interpersonal skills such as communication, teamwork, & problem-solving
  • Reverse chronological order: Start with your most recent job
  • Job Title, company, & dates: state your role, the organisation, & the period of employment
  • Achievements & responsibilities: Use bullet points to highlight key duties & accomplishments. Use action verbs & quantify achievements when possible (e.g., “Increased sales by 20%”). Modify your CV for each job application to highlight the most relevant experiences and skills.
  • Relevant coursework or honours: Include the name of the institution, degree obtained & dates of attendance. Mention any relevant subjects, projects, or honours.
  • Certifications: Mention any additional certifications or courses, state the project title & your role. Briefly describe the project & your contributions & highlight any significant results or learning outcomes
  •  Technical Skills: List relevant technical skills & software proficiencies
  • List Languages: Mention any languages you speak & your proficiency level (e.g., native, fluent, conversational)
  • Organisations: List any professional organisations you are a member of & mention your roles & contribution within these organisations
  • References: State “Available upon request” or provide names & contact information of references if requested by the employer
  • Be consistent: Use a clean, professional font & font sizes. Use bold or larger fonts for section headings. Ensure there is enough white space to make the CV readable. Ideally, keep your CV to one or two pages, depending on your experience level
  • Keywords: Include keywords from the job posting to pass through Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS)
  • LinkedIn: If applicable, ensure your LinkedIn profile matches your CV & is up-to-date
  • Portfolio: If applicable, include a link to your online portfolio or personal website.

How to complete a job application form

Completing a job application with WELL Training

Make your application stand out:

  • Take the time to think about anything that will make you stand out from the crowd – think outside of the box

  • Activities – sports, arts, mentoring, volunteering, fundraising events you have organised

  • Follow instructions: Read the job description & application instructions thoroughly before starting
  • Fill out all required fields: Ensure you complete all mandatory fields in the application form
  • Use keywords: Incorporate keywords from the job description into your application 
  • Provide detailed information: Give detailed & specific information about your past job roles, responsibilities & achievements
  • Quantify achievements: Use numbers & statistics to highlight your accomplishments (e.g., “increased sales by 20%”)
  • Be honest: Ensure all information provided is accurate & truthful
  • Save a copy: Keep a copy of your application for reference
  • Submit on time: Be aware of the application deadline & submit your application in advance
  • Follow up: If you haven’t heard back within a week or two, consider sending a polite follow-up email to express your continued interest in the position.

How to write a cover letter

Writing a cover letter with WELL Training

Research & demonstrate your skills:

  • Understanding the company’s culture, values, and the specific requirements of the position will allow you to tailor your cover letter effectively

  • Demonstrating how your skills and experiences align with their needs will show genuine interest in the organisation.

  • Address it to the Hiring Manager: Whenever possible, find out the name of the hiring manager & address directly to them
  • Tailor it to the job: Mention the specific job title and company name. Highlight why you are interested in that particular role & organisation
  • Introduce yourself: Briefly state who you are & why you are writing
  • Grab their attention: Start with a hook that makes the reader want to continue, such as a notable achievement or a relevant anecdote
  • Match job requirements: Highlight how your skills & experiences align with the job description. Use specific examples 
  • Company research: Mention any recent news or achievements of the company that you find impressive
  • Cultural fit: Explain why you are a good fit for the company culture & how your values align with those of the organisation
  • Stay on topic: Keep your cover letter focused on your most relevant skills & experiences
  • Be concise: Aim for one page, be direct & to the point
  • Formal language: Use professional & formal language, avoiding slang or overly casual phrases
  • Positive & confident: Maintain a positive tone & express confidence in your abilities without sounding arrogant
  • Summarise: Briefly summarise why you are a strong candidate & express enthusiasm for the opportunity
  • Call to action: Encourage the reader to contact you for an interview & mention that you look forward to discussing your application in more detail
  • Polite sign-off: End with a professional closing such as “Sincerely” or “Best regards,” followed by your full name
  • Read aloud: Reading your cover letter aloud can help you catch awkward phrasing & ensure it flows well
  • Contact information: Include your contact information at the top of the letter
  • Proper formatting: Use a professional format with clear headings & spaces between paragraphs.