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CVs, applications and interviews

Applying for jobs: an overview of the process

An overview of the process for applying for jobs including information on making an effective application, creating your CV and how to write a covering letter.

Understanding job adverts

Information on how to interpret job adverts and how you can tailor your application to match the job requirements.

Do your research for when you're applying for jobs

The value of research when applying for jobs, what information to look for and where you can find it.

Presenting your skills when applying for jobs

Tips and advice on how to present you skills, qualities and experience to those relevant to the job you are applying for.

Applying for jobs without adverts: making speculative applications

How to identify and research employers who are not advertising and how to make an initial speculative application.

Applying for jobs in the academic sector

Guidance on how to apply for jobs in the academic sector.

Understanding job application forms

Tips and advice on understanding job application forms and addressing the person specification.

CVs: an overview

A CV (curriculum vitae) is an overview of your education, qualifications, skills and work experience. Here's some tips and advice on how to build your CV.

FAQs for CVs

Can't find what you're looking for? Here is a list of the most common questions our students have regarding CVs.

Job references: what you need to know

The dos and don'ts for choosing referees for job applications and getting a job reference from the OU.

Covering letters for job applications

Your covering letter is your opportunity to explain why you're the best candidate for the job. Here are some examples and tips on writing covering letters.

Create a professional portfolio for when you're applying for jobs

You can create a positive first impression with prospective employers through a portfolio as it can help bring your career history to life. Here we explain how.

Job interviews: an overview

There are different types of interviews that take place in the hiring process from face-to-face to Skype interviews. Here's what you can expect from each one.

Recruitment assessment centres

Advice and tips for preparing and attending an assessment centre in the recruitment process.

Psychometric and online tests

An explanation of how online tests and psychometric tests work in the job selection process and how you can approach them to be better prepared.

Explaining a disability when applying for jobs

If you have a disability, you may have questions and maybe even concerns when applying for jobs. Here are some things you might want to think about.

Disclosing a criminal record when applying for jobs

Worried about disclosing your criminal record? Here’s some advice on telling an employer about your criminal record.

Equality and diversity

Information and advice on issues of equality and diversity

Your online presence

Managing your online presence to enhance career prospects

Careers contacts

How to contact the Open University Careers service whether you are an employer or a current, former or future OU student