‘CV’ means curriculum vitae. It is Latin for ‘courses of life’. It is the phrase used for the document you use as a job seeker to tell the employer about yourself and why they should ask you to an interview for a job.
Large employers and recruitment agencies normally get many CVs a day. You need to make sure that your CV is a good one that makes you stand out from the rest.
A cover letter is a document that you change to match each job application or application to a recruitment agency you make.
Job application forms
You might have to fill in a job application form that the employer sends you. This might be a:
- link to an online application form;
- word document sent to you or that you download;
- paper application form sent to you in the post.
Person specifications tell you what the company thinks a perfect job candidate looks like. It tells you what skills and experience are essential to the job and what are just desirable – things that are nice to have. Use the person specification to work out if you have the essentials. You might have learned a skill or got experience in a different type of role to the job you are looking at. It still counts because skills and experience are transferable.