The resources listed below are mostly hosted on external websites. The Careers and Employability Service website also has information on Making Applications. Find out more.

Making Applications

AGCAS - Job Application Advice

This guide aims to help students and graduates through the job application process. It covers a variety of information and advice on topics such as example questions, online applications, personal statements, analysing job adverts and matching your skills, common mistakes and power words to use.

AGCAS - CVs and Covering Letters

Advice on writing successful CVs and covering letters.

Resources on CV writing

The link below will take you to a list of resources offering advice on writing your CV.

Resources on Covering Letters

The link below will take you to a list of recommended resources for writing covering letters.

Online Graduate Careers Seminar 3: Effective CVs and Covering Letters

The seminars in the Graduate Online Careers Seminar series are designed to help graduates move forward in their career planning. They can be used individually or as a series and are supported by ongoing help provided by the Careers Service, free of charge, to graduates from the University of Aberdeen.

Online Graduate Careers Seminar 4: Successful Applications

The seminars in the Graduate Online Careers Seminar series are designed to help graduates move forward in their career planning. They can be used individually or as a series and are supported by ongoing help provided by the Careers Service, free of charge, to graduates from the University of Aberdeen.

Online Graduate Careers Seminar 7: Developing Resilience

The seminars in the Graduate Online Careers Seminar series are designed to help graduates move forward in their career planning. They can be used individually or as a series and are supported by ongoing help provided by the Careers Service, free of charge, to graduates from the University of Aberdeen.

Reference Request Summary template

When asking people to act as a referee on your job applications, it is helpful to give them some information about you and the role you are applying for. Click on the link below to access a template which you can send to your referees.

Selection Success in One DVD

Three films: Your job's online - showing two major employers selecting graduates using only their electronic applications. Assessment Centre - showing actual candidates taking part in a selection day. Why ask me that? - showing two selectors comment on the interview performance of a candidate. This DVD can be watched on PCs at the Careers Service on the Second Floor of the Hub. Please ask at Reception.

  • Author: AGCAS
  • Published: 2003

This resource is available in the Careers Service (second floor, the Hub). Please ask at our Reception desk.

Resources on Resilience

Developing your resilience is important for succeeding in a competitive job market. The link below will take you to a list of recommended resources for assessing your resilience level and developing it further.

Researching Employers

The link below will take you to a list of recommended resources for researching employers. This includes websites and books with profiles of graduate employers and websites containing employer reviews form their current/ former employees.

Skills Transformer

Skills Transformer provides a structure to help you recognise, write about and talk about your skills: transforming them from dormant experiences to useful, persuasive evidence. The tool is primarily aimed at Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths students but will also be useful for students of other degree subjects.

Job Application Advice including Power Words (AGCAS)

This document contains useful information on how to complete application forms effectively. There is advice on: demonstrating evidence of the skills employers are looking for, answering common questions, writing personal statements, analysing adverts to match your skills to the job specification and using power words to emphasise your suitability for the job.

Guide to creating STARR examples

Employers often assess evidence of applicants demonstrating their required competencies (or skills) in their selection process. Evidence of these competencies is assessed in application forms and during interviews and assessment centres. You can use this guide to the STARR structure to ensure you articulate your competencies in enough depth for employers to assess you.

Careers and Employability Service leaflet: CV Writing

Advice on how to prepare an effective CV. Take-away copies available from the Careers and Employability Service.

Copies of this item are available to take away from the Careers Service on the second floor of the Hub.

Careers and Employability Service leaflet: Covering Letters

Advice on what to include and how to structure an effective covering letter. Take-away copies available from the Careers and Employability Service.

Copies of this item are available to take away from the Careers Service on the second floor of the Hub.

Careers and Employability Service leaflet: Personal Statements

A Personal Statement is often required when applying for postgraduate study or research. This leaflet explains what to include and how to structure your statement. Take-away copies available from the Careers and Employability Service.

Copies of this item are available to take away from the Careers Service on the second floor of the Hub.

Careers and Employability Service leaflet: Application Forms

Advice on how to complete application forms. Take-away copies available from the Careers and Employability Service.

Copies of this item are available to take away from the Careers Service on the second floor of the Hub.

Personal statements for postgraduate applications (Prospects)

Advice on what to include in a personal statement for a postgraduate course application. There are tips on how to structure the statement and how to start and end it well.

Employment application fraud leaflet - guidance for students

Advice from CIFAS (UK Fraud Prevention Service) on the importance of being truthful in your job applications and the consequences of being untruthful.

The Graduate Career Guidebook

This book divides the career journey into manageable steps and helps you navigate each stage, from deciding what you want to do, to gaining work experience, networking effectively, conducting a job hunt, writing a knock-out CV, impressing at interview and getting the job. It is available to borrow from the Careers Service library. There is also a companion website with extra activities and videos (follow link below).

You will find this book in the Careers Service library on the second floor of the Hub.

Words: A User's Guide

A useful reference guide which explains the usage and meaning of words in the English language.

  • Author: Stewart Clark and Graham Pointon
  • Published: 2009

You will find this book in the Careers Service library on the second floor of the Hub.

Presentation Skills for Students

This guide offers valuable advice on speaking effectively in a number of different situations: job interviews, delivering presentations and participating in meetings.

  • Author: Joan van Emden and Lucinda Becker
  • Published: 2004

You will find this book in the Careers Service library on the second floor of the Hub.

Online Job Hunting: Great Answers to Tough Questions

Takes you through an electronic job search step-by-step with advice on maintaining a secure online identity.

  • Author: Martin Yate and Terra Dourlain
  • Published: 2001

You will find this book in the Careers Service library on the second floor of the Hub.

Employer Insights - TARGETjobs

Profiles of graduate employers, organised by job sector. Profiles include details of current vacancies, tips on application procedures and latest news articles.

"You will hear from us" - applying for jobs in EEA countries

Book produced by EURES containing information on job application procedures in EEA (European Economic Area) countries. Available for reference-use from the Careers Service.

  • Author: EURES
  • Published: 2009

You will find this book in the Careers Service library on the second floor of the Hub.

Write it Right

A practical guide to the basic skills of effective writing. As well as providing advice on writing job applications, there are also useful tips on sentence structure, grammar and punctuation.

  • Author: John Peck and Martin Coyle
  • Published: 2005

You will find this book in the Careers Service library on the second floor of the Hub.

Reflective Writing

To make effective job applications you will be required to write concise reflective statements about the skills and attributes you have gained from your experiences (part-time jobs, volunteering, involvement in student societies, sporting activities etc.). This book offers advice on what reflective writing is and how to put it into practice. The book is available to borrow from the Careers Service library.

  • Author: Kate Williams, Maru Wooliams and Jane Spiro
  • Published: 2012

You will find this book in the Careers Service library on the second floor of the Hub.

Commercial Awareness (AllAboutGroup)

Representatives of law firms explain what commercial awareness is and how you can demonstrate on your applications that you have developed this skill.

Where am I going and can I have a map?

This book offers practical advice on creating a career plan and putting it into practice. Section 1 looks at how to choose between different job types. Section 2 covers the job application process from finding vacancies to going to interviews. Section 3 focuses on the problems that can occur in the job-seeking process and how to stay motivated.

  • Author: Jonathan Black
  • Published: 2017

You will find this book in the Careers Service library on the second floor of the Hub.

How to stop your application form going in the shredder (Enterprise Rent-A-Car)

Advice and tips on how to write effective application forms.