Job applications

When you apply for a job, you’ll generally be asked to send in your résumé (or CV), together with a cover letter or email of application. Employers often receive hundreds of applications for a job, so it’s very important to make sure that both your résumé/CV and cover letter create the right impression and present your professional background in a focused, well-structured, and attractive way.

This section offers guidance on how to prepare impressive job application materials. Read our Top tips for writing a CV/résumé and Top tips for writing a cover letter to get straightforward and essential advice, and explore the links below for more in-depth information and examples. Note that résumés are more commonly used in the United States, while CVs are typically preferred in Great Britain.