Careers Network

Make applications

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To perform successfully in applications and interviews, careful preparation is essential. Careers Network provides resources, presentations and events on all stages of the recruitment process, as well as offering individual advice on CVs, application and interview techniques, employer tests and assessment centres.


The secret to any successful application (and interview) is doing your background research before you start. By reading the vacancy carefully, learning about the organisation and exploring the role, industry and sector, you will be more effective at targeting your applications. Learning about skills employers seek will help you identify your strengths and evidence the relevant ones. Work out your unique selling points (USPs) and use positive action words to make a more powerful impact, online and in person.

If you have a disability, you may wish to make the employer aware and enquire about potential reasonable adjustments for the application process. Read more on our Supporting disabled students page.


To assess your own applications and performance, see how you have done against the following frameworks:


Having reviewed your documents or performance against the relevant framework, you can drop in to one of our Careers Hubs or book an appointment to discuss it with a member of the Careers Network team, who can provide feedback and support your next steps.

For further help with making applications click on the relevant link below.