Three steps to your perfect job

Written by: UCAS
Published on: 24 Feb 2021

Job searching sometimes feels like a daunting process. Not sure where to start? Our step-by-step guides will give you all the hints and tips you need to perfect an outstanding CV and cover letter. Then, once you’ve bagged that interview, we’ll help you get prepared and feeling confident to impress your potential employer.

1. How to write a standout cover letter

A cover letter is a letter about yourself, that you send with your CV when applying for a job.

Taking time and effort writing it can really help your application shine and get you noticed.

What do I write in a cover letter?

In your cover letter, you introduce yourself and summarise why you’re the right person for the job. Your potential employer will probably read this before moving on to you CV, so it’s your chance to make a strong first impression.

Not sure how to start your covering letter?

Head over to for our step-by-step guide on writing your cover letter, including how long it should be, how to structure it, and what to include in it. 

How to write a cover letter.

2. Top tips for writing your CV

If you’re applying for a job, you need a quality CV to impress the employer and get you that important interview.

What is a CV?

A curriculum vitae (commonly referred to as a ‘CV’) is a summary of your skills, education, and experience, that show why you’re suitable for the job. Use it to show your potential employer why they should employ you and what you can bring to their team – it’s your chance to sell yourself!

How do I write a CV?

On we have lots of CV writing tips, including what should go in it, how long your CV should be, and how to use the right format.

How to write a CV

3. How to prepare for an interview

If you’re invited to an interview, feel confident – the employer thinks your CV and cover letter shows you could be a good fit for their job!

An interview gives them the chance to put a face to a name and find out more about you, your skills, and experience. It also gives you the opportunity to ask questions and get a feel for the organisation and job, to see if you’d be happy working there. It’s a two-way process.

What happens at a job interview?

Interviews generally last 40 minutes to an hour. The employer will ask you questions based on your CV or cover letter, and might ask you to talk through situations you’ve been in which demonstrate the skills or experience they’re looking for.

You might also have to complete a task or give a presentation – the exact process will depend on the job and the employer.

How do I prepare for an interview?

We have all the advice you need to make sure you’re prepared for your interview on, including what to wear, questions to ask, and how to interview at your best. With the current restrictions on our lives, your interview is likely to be virtual or by phone – we’ve also got tips to help you with that all-important Zoom, Skype or Teams call.

How to prepare for a job interview