Apply Now! Put together an effective job application
The documents that make up an application for employment - your cover letter, CV and possibly an application form - are critically important. These are the things that get you an interview or get you put in the "No" pile, so you've got to spend time, energy and brainpower on them to give yourself the best chance.
Make your CV, cover letter and application form work for you
The Career Development Centre can help you through the initial application process from start to finish with a flexible course of seminars and workshops, published guides, and one-on-one consultations. You can fit each part of the course into your own schedule and go at your own pace.
Please take advantage of this chance to develop a successful application with expert guidance!
Where is your career going?
The application is a way to get where you want to go - before you can start this journey, you may need to figure out where you're going.
Steps to take when applying for jobs
1. Attend a CV seminar
Our ‘Writing Winning CVs and Cover Letters’ interactive seminar will help arm you with the tools you need to put together a good CV and cover letter draft.
We run these seminars throughout the year, but spaces in each session are limited, so you'll need to book.
You can book a spot on this seminar through OtagoCareerHub.
2. Work on your CV and cover letter in a CV writing workshop
This workshop helps you start putting your draft together, with the guidance of a Career Adviser.
You can book a spot through OtagoCareerHub.
3. Refine your drafts using our CV Tools
Now you’re ready to prepare you draft CV and cover letter to submit your application to a potential employer. This part you can do at home; use your CV Book with the notes and advice you gained at the CV writing seminar and workshop, and combine them with our CV Tools online.
This suite of CV tools and guidelines will help you order the information you've gathered for your CV into an effective layout and hierarchy, so that your CV has a positive impact on the potential employer. You can also use these tools to draft your cover letter.
4. Get some one-on-one feedback and advice from us
Now that you've got a good draft of your CV and cover letter, you're ready for a one-on-one consultation with one of our Career Advisers to refine them into the most effective application possible.
Our advisers have lots of experience and a wide range of areas of expertise - they'll look at your CV and cover letter from a reader's point of view, and help you perfect your layout, expression, grammar, spelling and general content to respond to a reader's needs and behaviour. They can also advise you on how to put together your CV and cover letter for a particular field or company, and can answer any questions you may still have about your application.
Make an appointment for a CV consultation
If you've finished your draft and are ready to make an appointment for a CV Consultation, call or email our front desk:
Tel 64 3 479 8244
5. Once you're happy with your application, send it off to the employer!
Important stuff to remember:
If you're sending your application by post, you should put a paperclip in the upper left-hand corner of your CV to hold it together (do the same thing with the application form if there is one), then put your application documents in an A4 envelope (don't fold them) in the following order:
1. Application form (if applicable) at the bottom
2. Then the CV
3. Then the cover letter on top (ie, covering the other documents)
6. Remember to convert your CV and cover letter to PDF
If you're submitting your CV and cover letter electronically, ALWAYS send them as separate PDF attachments - one PDF for your cover letter, and another for your CV.
PDF is a format that everyone can open, and it's like a photo of the document - whichever programme opens the file, it can't change the formatting or muck anything up. If you send a PDF, you're guaranteed that when the employer opens the file on their computer, it will look exactly the same as it did on your computer.