Identify the job criteria
Throughout the application process, you should aim to demonstrate evidence of the skills and qualities specified in the job description and person specification.
If these are not provided – in, for instance, a job specification – or if you are making a speculative application, then create a list of the skills and qualities you expect the organisation is looking for.
You could create this list from your knowledge of the sector, by reading the skills sections of the sector briefings on this site, by networking with professionals, or by reading adverts for similar positions.
Choose examples from your life
Having made the list of job criteria, you should then jot down examples that demonstrate you have the skills or experience they are looking for.
You can demonstrate these by using examples from your academic life and extracurricular activities: tutorials, team projects, work experience, part-time jobs, fieldwork, dissertations, sport, music, and societies in the University or your College. Try to find examples from a range of activities.
- Give specific examples and evidence – don’t generalise
- Think of evidence that you can quantify: how much, how many, how often
- Vary your use of examples, and draw from different areas of your life
- Don’t undersell Saturday jobs or part-time, holiday jobs. Recruiters often tell us at the Careers Service that they like to read about these experiences as they can demonstrate many skills. You don’t have to climb Mt Kilimanjaro to be impressive!
- Draw on your most recent relevant experiences and achievements wherever possible.