Preparing your application

This is a very important step in your journey to finding a job. The aim of your job application is get you an interview. Your application consists of 2 or 3 parts. Your resume or CV - this is a summary of all the great things about you - but framed to fit the employers needs. The key selection criteria isn't always requested, but when it is make sure you know how to answer by reading our key selection criteria guide. Finally the cover letter - this single piece of paper determines whether the people doing the recruiting will read your resume.

Job applications are generally made up of two parts - your resume and cover letter.

Read more: What's in a Job Application?

A resume is a marketing tool, its about you, and why skills and qualities make you the best person for the job. Read on to find out more about what a resume is. 

Read more: What is a Resume?

Here's our guide on how to put together a winning resume!

Read more: Lets make your resume

Each of the following sample resumes has been developed by our students in conjunction with MIPs support. Many thanks for the use of their handiwork!

Read more: Sample Resumes

Selecting the right words for your resume is a key part of delivering a resume that will stand out from the crowd! Choose words that are active to show what you have achieved. Below is a list of example 'active' words you can use.

Read more: List of action words for your resume

Determining what skills you have can be difficult. Have a look below at our list of skills as a starting point.

Read more: List of useful skills for your resume

Cover letters win interviews, not jobs. Read on for more information about what you should include in your cover letter.

Read more: Why write a cover letter?

What should you include in your cover letter? Read on to find out what goes into a cover letter and how to present it effectively.

Read more: Building a cover letter

Here are some sample cover letters. Use them to get some ideas on how to write your own personalised cover letter.

Read more: Sample Cover Letters

Key selection criteria is sometimes a part of the application process for a position. The employer is calling for information about how you meet their needs. Read on to find out more about Key Selection Criteria.

Read more: How to write Key selection criteria


Having a great resume or CV is integral to getting the job, you use this piece of paper to showcase all the great things about you, and why you should get an interview.

Our resumes and CV's section has some great information on putting together a winning resume.

You'll need a cover letter for most jobs you apply for. When you apply for a position the cover letter attaches to your resume, briefly detailing who you are, the position you're applying for and why they should read your resume. It's an introduction to you resume, inviting the employer to read further. 

Cover letters is a comprehensive guide to what goes in your cover letter.

Key selection criteria is not always asked for, but when it is you need to understand what the employers are looking for and make sure you give them relevant answers that show your experience and qualifications. This is how employers shortlist the applications.

Our Key Selection Criteria guide shows you how to answer this crucial step in a job application.