Graduate application advice

Whether you're applying for a graduate scheme, job or further study, you'll want to give careful thought to your application. You can speak to us via Teams, telephone or face-to-face for application tips, as well as looking at the useful resources below.

CVs and covering letters

Your CV or covering letter is often the first thing that a prospective employer will see while assessing your suitability for a role. It's your chance to showcase the skills you have and how they fit the role you're applying for.

For information and advice on CVs and covering letters, take a look at these resources:

Our new online platform CareerSet is available to all students and graduates and enables you to scan your CV against top recruiters and hiring managers criteria. You will receive personalised actionable feedback and can then rescan your CV to see how your score has improved.  Cover letters can also be measured against core checks and relevancy checks to provide you with the best possible chance of showcasing your skills to an employer. Available through the resources section of TARGETconnect.

Application forms


Online networking can be a powerful tool when you're searching for your next job opportunity. It can be valuable to connect with influential people in the area you want to work in. See our online networking page for best-practice tips and advice. 

Learn more about LinkedIn in our Careers Support for Graduates module on Canvas.

Personal statements

If you're applying for postgraduate study or research, you'll often have to submit a personal statement with your application. View the following resources to help you put one together:

Contact the Careers Service

You can contact us via TARGETconnect.

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