CVs and Cover Letters

Make your first impression count with these guides
3hr 41min


For reference, a CV is a concise document that summarises an individuals unique skills, character, experience and achievements. On the other hand, a cover letter is a document sent alongside your CV that acts as a personal introduction and helps to sell your application.

Your CV and accompanying cover letter is often the first impression you get to make with a recruiter. The importance of this opportunity cannot be taken for granted.

Starting with your CV, studies have shown that today's recruiters skim CVs for an average of 7.4 seconds. Information on your CV needs to be succinct, appropriate to the role and well presented. Our articles will guide you on how to master your CV in these three areas but remember, context is everything. Your CV will need to be contextually sound for you and the specific role you are applying for.

In recent years, there has been debate over the importance of the Cover Letter in the modern employment market. The view of the majority, and our view, is that if granted the opportunity to give the recruiter more information on why you would be a great fit for the role on offer, take it! Take it and run! Again, the cover letter will need to be succinct and appropriate to the specific attributes and requirements to each role you apply for. We'll show you how to own your approach to Cover Letters in later posts. Focusing on efficiency and context.

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