BSc – CV session in Summer term of Y2; CV workshop Autumn term of Y3
MPsych - CV session in Summer term of Y2; CV workshop Autumn term of Y3; CV and Interview workshop Autumn term Y4
UG Y3, Y4 and MSc: Academic CV workshop (for those wanting to apply for PhD positions) is in the autumn term (usually W8 - see your timetables) – class capture of previous sessions are available on the VLE 'Psychology Employability Tutorial' >Psychology resources.
The University’s Careers Services provide a VLE tutorial ‘CV guide’ that you are all enrolled on and they provide an applications, CVs and interviews webpage that provides students with useful information sheets, events programme etc. Furthermore, the Careers Gateway will allow you to book an appointment to have their CV or draft application reviewed.
LinkedIn is a great resource to improve your employability. You can access a video guide to making an effective profile here: https://students.linkedin.com/uk.
Please read the guide below and create a profile, no later than Y3 of your degree.
Year 3 to 4
Photograph creates a professional impression. Smart clothing, clear picture, no other people obviously cropped out, not overly dressed up or ‘selfie’ photos.
Headline customised to include core interest areas, key skills and/or currently seeking x role e.g. Final year Biological Science student seeking graduate R & D role
Aim for 50 connections including for example class mates, work colleagues, previous or prospective employers, alumni etc.
Between 150 and 350 words of keyword rich text targeted towards role of interest. A first person outline of your career goals and interests, key relevant experience and achievements.
Experience and/or Volunteering
Relevant paid and unpaid experiences including job title and employer/volunteer organisation. Descriptions given for each role with a focus on achievements and outcomes, using active verbs (demonstrated, created, delivered, initiated, etc.) and quantified where possible e.g. Taught English to 20 primary school students / Raised £500 for charity through charity walk. Experience can include part time work, summer internships, roles of responsibility in university e.g. class rep, student society treasurer
At least 8 skills listed. These could be experimental skills e.g. statistical and data handling skills, programming skills in to 'transferrable' skills e.g. Presentation skills, leadership, problem solving, team work: try and match skills presented to the skills you think future employers are looking for in your chosen career area
Aim to be a member of at least 5 groups relevant to your discipline or university e.g. alumni group, professional organisations or interest groups; some level of engagement in the group discourse.
List course title, full name of college/university (verify automatic hyperlink to university's homepage on LinkedIn). Should list all modules, grades year on year.
You should ideally be following at least five companies of interest
Ensure you have personalised LinkedIn url with full name
Spelling and grammar
It is important to ensure your text is error-free throughout. Write in word ideally and then cut and paste in. Spell check it!
Where relevant, you can upload images or files to illustrate summary/experience/projects. This could be a useful way to get yourself noticed by potential employers.