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5 top tips for nailing your applications

In a crowded hiring market it’s important to ensure that you stand out for all the right reasons with high-quality applications that highlight your skills and experience as positively as possible:

Top tips to crack your applications

  • Research: Research and ensure you’re as informed about the programme and the organisation as possible. Build a more balanced view of the organisation and where it sits within its market by reading up on the latest developments via reputable news sites and checking out their employer brand on social media and
  • Building your professional network: This is something that will help you not just in the short term but also throughout your career so reach out to contacts or alumni via LinkedIn or NCL Spark who can share their experiences within the company and any insights on the recruitment process
  • Tailor your CV to each application: This will help you to align specific skills and experiences to opportunities. Cross-reference the skills included in the programme description to ensure your content is relevant with clear examples, which can be work-related or from voluntary or extra-curricular activities
  • Bullet point: Utilising bullet points will help you to structure your skills and experience, by providing context, highlighting your input and focusing on the impact your contribution made.
  • Formatting: Ensure your CV looks good on screen, by limiting it to 2 full pages (maximum) and formatting your content reverse chronologically so your most recent experience sits at the top of the page.


What if your application doesn’t work out?

If your application doesn’t work out, the majority of organisations tend to hire throughout the year, so it’s always worth:

  • Requesting feedback on your application or interview so you can make suitable changes for your next application
  • Connecting with any contacts you developed during the recruitment process on LinkedIn
  • Monitoring similar graduate level roles that sit outside of a structured programme
  • Maintaining and developing your professional network so that you can draw on their insights and advice later on in your career development strategy.
  • Reach out to the Careers Service to help review and move forwards

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