Tips and advice on understanding job application forms and addressing the person specification.
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.
Information on how to interpret job adverts and how you can tailor your application to match the job requirements.
The value of research when applying for jobs, what information to look for and where you can find it.
Tips and advice on how to present you skills, qualities and experience to those relevant to the job you are applying for.
How to identify and research employers who are not advertising and how to make an initial speculative application.
Guidance on how to apply for jobs in the academic sector.
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.
Can't find what you're looking for? Here is a list of the most common questions our students have regarding CVs.
The dos and don'ts for choosing referees for job applications and getting a job reference from the OU.
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.
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.
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.
Advice and tips for preparing and attending an assessment centre in the recruitment process.
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.
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.
Worried about disclosing your criminal record? Here’s some advice on telling an employer about your criminal record.
Information and advice on issues of equality and diversity
Managing your online presence to enhance career prospects
How to contact the Open University Careers service whether you are an employer or a current, former or future OU student