Written Applications  

For this task you will produce a written document which showcases your employability to employers. This can be through a CV, application form or LinkedIn profile.

Instructions on how to complete the task

Choose whether to complete a CV, application form or LinkedIn profile. If you are doing this task as part of a module your tutor may specify which option you should choose.

Before writing your CV, application form or LinkedIn profile, make a list of what you want to include

Content should usually be comprised of:

  • Education – Write down which secondary schools, colleges and universities you attended and the dates you attended them. Write down the qualifications you gained, the subjects you studied and the grades you got. It is also helpful to note down the awarding body for each qualification.
  • Employment – Write down all the jobs you have had and work experience you have gained, including part time jobs, voluntary work and casual work. If you have had lots of jobs only list the most current (usually going back a maximum of 10 years is sufficient) or the ones most relevant to the career you are interested in. Note down job titles, the name of the organisation you worked for and your duties.
  • Professional training –Write down any additional training you have completed. Include short courses, day events, online courses, workshops, and training done through a job or professional association. Examples can include: First Aid training, ECDL or Child Protection training. Note down the month and year you completed the training, the length of time the training lasted for, the awarding or accrediting body (if there is one), which company you did the training with, any certificates you gained and your result (if you were graded). 
  • Achievements – Note down positions of responsibility, extra curricula activities or awards. For example: involvement in Student Societies, being a Student Rep, volunteering certificates, charity fundraising, attendance at conferences, certificates or awards gained through employment. For each achievement state what you did and when.
  • Membership of professional bodies – Write down any professional organisations you belong to.
  • Interests - Write down any interests you have that have relevance to the job/ sector you are interested in, that show transferable skills (eg team work or organisation) or that demonstrate a proactive attitude or achievement. Do not include interests such as socialising with friends, going to the cinema or watching TV.

Seek references

When applying for work you usually have to give the names of two people who will provide a reference. Ideally these would be people who:

  • Have known you in a personal capacity (eg through work or study)
  • Know you well
  • Can comment on your suitability for the job, organisation or sector you want to enter
  • Are reliable and will reply to an employer promptly when contacted 

You references should not be family members.

Speak to the two people you want to nominate as your referees, gain their permission to use them and make sure you have their correct contact details.

Research the job, organisation or sector you are applying for

Your CV, application form or LinkedIn profile need to be targeted towards the type of work you are interested in. To do this, you need a clear sense of what employers in your chosen area look for in candidates.

You can research employer requirements by looking at vacancies, reading occupational and sector profiles and speaking to people already in the industry. Make a list of the skills these employers require, the things you would need to know about and be interested in plus any qualifications or experience you would need to have.

See our tips on researching careers for more help.

Tailor your CV, application form or LinkedIn profile 

Your CV, application form or LinkedIn profile need to show that you have the skills, knowledge, qualifications and experience relevant to your chosen employer.

  • Go back to your list of what you wanted to include
  • Highlight the activities that best show that you possess the employer’s requirements
  • For each qualification, job, achievement and training note down how you have developed the necessary skills

Write your application

You are now ready to start writing your CV, application form or LinkedIn profile. Each requires a different format. For help constructing a CV or filling in an application form see job seeking skills.  

Check your application

Once you have completed your CV, application form or LinkedIn profile, proof read to make sure that the spelling and grammar are perfect. Any errors will be picked up immediately by the employer and are likely to severely damage your chances of being shortlisted.

To review the final draft of your CV, application form or LinkedIn profile, work through our checklists to ensure you have completed this task effectively. 

How is this task relevant to your employability?

Many people who apply for work have the right combination of skills, experience, achievements and knowledge but they fail to successfully market these to employers in their CV, application form or LinkedIn profile. Employers often spend as little as 30 seconds reviewing written applications so unless yours unambiguously shows what makes you employable it won’t help you to secure an interview.

This task enables you to effectively market your employability towards your career of choice effectively. The CV, application form or LinkedIn profile you submit for the Wolverhampton Enterprise and Employability Award will form part of your essential toolkit for future job applications, as it will ensure that you have a good template that you can adapt and develop as you go through your career. 

What is it assessing?

This task assesses your ability to articulate your employability in writing.

Accepted activities

To complete this task we require to construct a CV, complete an application form or make a LinkedIn Profile. If you would like to submit an alternative document that showcases your employability in writing then contact us to discuss this.  

If you are completing this task as part of a module, your tutor will tell you what type of document you should work on.