Writing a great CV and Cover Letter is the best way to show you in a good light to prospective employers. It is how we get to know you and so it’s important that it’s well worked.
Your CV is where you provide a brief history of yourself; telling us exactly what experience you have gained in employment and education and highlighting your key skills and talents.
Contact Details – This is the easiest part, you just need to include your name, address, email and telephone number.
Profile – This section only needs to be short (you’ll be able to expand further in your cover letter), 2 or 3 sentences describing you as an employee and more importantly as a person.
Employment History – Here you need to list your previous careers in chronological order starting from the most recent, including the following details: Employer’s name and address, job title, period of employment and a short bullet point list describing your role and responsibilities.
Education – Here you will need to list your education history, once again beginning with the most recent. This should include the name of the school or college, qualifications gained and the grade of each qualification.
Further Qualifications – In this section you can tell us about any other qualifications or achievements that you have; make sure that anything you put in here is relevant to the job that you’re applying for. If you don’t anything further don’t worry about it.
References – Include the details of at least two references, one of these needs to be a previous employer.
Your cover letter is your chance to tell us why you would be a great candidate for our company, you’ll be able to expand further on your CV telling us exactly why you think you are right for the role you are applying for. Remember: you ALWAYS need to change your Cover Letter for each new role that you apply for, you need to show potential employers that you are putting in the effort to say why you are right for exactly that role.
Key things to remember:
- Keep a formal tone, use ‘Dear Madam or Sir’ or the name of the person you are contacting if known and sign off with ‘Yours sincerely…’
- Don’t use the same cover letter for different job applications! Make sure you modify it for each new application.
- Keep it concise and accurate; stay specific, using the job description as a reference, tell us exactly why you would be a good candidate for this role.
- Stay structured; be clear with a strong introduction and conclusion.
Prepare well – In all interview situations it is extremely important to be well prepared. Do your research into the company and the role. As part of our interview process currently we include a short test at the start. But don’t worry about it; it’s just a few short questions focusing on your maths, proofreading skills and insurance knowledge.
Present your best self – Always dress appropriately in smart attire. This will be the first impression you give when you arrive for your interview and you should demonstrate your professionalism through this.
Be confident – If you have prepared well it will inevitably make you feel more confident and comfortable in the interview. This will allow you to more accurately represent your best qualities.
Provide evidence – Remember to be prepared to provide evidence to show that you are: proactive, energetic, helpful etc. In being able to explain your actions we will be able to understand how you deal with various professional experiences.