Student Life is delighted to have joined forces with Career Ready UK. The organisation helps raise young people’s aspirations and bridge the gap between education and work, by providing access to real experience of the world of work. Here Career Ready’s Regional Manager for Cambridge and Ipswich, Sian Robertson, introduces the charity to readers.
When you are applying for a job the best advice I can give is to make sure you read the job description and that you understand the roles and requirements of the job. If you do not, or you need some clarification, it is good practice to get in touch with the organisation offering the job to find out more.
Employers greatly value an application that has been written in response to the job description they make available, and doing just this can make your application stand out in the first instance.
An application will stand out even more if the skills and attributes that you highlight you posses are backed up by examples - experiences or scenarios. Demonstrating your selling points rather than just saying them will help an employer to understand how you work and how you might fit into their organization, if you can use examples that are relatable to the job you are applying for – even better!
In addition, if you have unique examples of how you have developed or demonstrated certain skills or attributes then try to use these to stand out further. Think about all the extra-curricular activities you might take/have taken part in, roles of responsibility that you hold or have held within the last two years, trips you may have been on, work experience or internships opportunities, part time jobs you hold/have held within the last two years, summer schools or NCS weeks that you may have been on. Any of these will make you stand out from other applicants.
A few useful tips-
1. Avoid using your letter of application to discuss your grades or what you enjoy doing outside of work – unless it is in reference to the point above. This information will be present in your CV and it is best to use your letter to focus on why you want, and are the best candidate for the job.
2. Remain positive and confident in your abilities throughout your application.
3. Use professional language and correct grammar.
4. Really think about why you do want the job, and try to be honest in your response to this.
You can contact us as follows:
Career Ready UK National Office
25 Canada Square
London E14 5LB
Tel: 020 7986 5494