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CVs and Applications

Make yourself stand out when applying for jobs! Your CV, covering letter or application form is the employer’s first impression of you. Make sure yours makes it through the shortlisting process to get an interview. 

The Careers Service can support St Mary's students and graduates in the following ways:

  • Offering you a careers appointment to give you feedback on your CV, covering letter or application form, or just having a quick chat about what you want to apply for to help get you started. 
  • Resources on writing CVs, covering letters and application forms for you to take and use as reference
  • Our online CV course - a 20 minute module to teach you everything you need to know about CVs. Current students can acess the course on our Careers and Employability Moodle pages. St Mary's graduates should contact for access. 

Careers appointments are available by email, phone, zoom or face-to-face on campus. To book a careers appointment, please contact or book online on our CareerConnect system

Useful Resources

  • How to write a CV: guidance on how to create an effective CV, including how to structure your CV and tailor it to the different jobs you are applying to.
  • Applying for Jobs: advice from the Prospects website on everything from job application forms to CVs, cover letters and how to write a sepculative application​​
  • Top 7​ CV mistakes​: useful information from the Prospects website on the some of the common mistakes people make on their CVs and how you can avoid them​
  • Cover letters: a guide to the key information you should include in your cover letter
  • Applying for unadvertised roles and work experience: advice on how to create a speculative application to help you reach out to companies of interest even when they aren't advertising jobs

St Mary's students can access more information and resources on our our Careers and Employability Moodle pages. St Mary's graduates should contact for access. 

If St Mary's students or graduates need support creating or editing any of the documents mentioned above, then please book a careers appointment to chat with a Careers Consultant. You can email us at, phone us on 020 8240 4055, book online on our CareerConnect system, or pop into the Library to make an appointment. ​​