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CV formats
Remember different CV formats contain the same information but sections such as your work history and your achievements can be in different places and in a different order depending upon the CV format chosen. These changes can help to make your CV stand out from the crowd to an employer. Different CV formats can highlight your strengths, help you target a specific job or your career ambitions such as career change.

Use the links below to view four different CV formats:

Job Hunting: Applications, CV's and Interviews

What not to do...
An example of a bad covering letter for a job application
Top three mistakes candidates make at interview

Online applications

Find out how to make successful online applications

You've submitted a great application and got yourself an interview... by Skype. Top tips on using the technology to impress prospective employers to get that job.

Watch four short videos giving advice on how to approach that all-important job interview - how to deal with interview nerves, what to wear and how you can use body language to impress your potential future boss.  

   Learn what to expect at your interview with a range of major UK companies. 

Understanding the job market

Labour market information (LMI) can tell you the number of people employed in particular types of jobs including the number of people who are unemployed.  It looks at the employment situation at a local level as well as nationally. LMI can help with your future career choices as it identifies areas both geographical and occupational with skills shortages.  Occupations which are expected to see an increase in demand for particular skill sets are also highlighted.  Looking further ahead LMI includes emerging jobs and jobs for the future which we may not have even heard of at the moment. 

Our careers software programmes such as eClips (available from the password protected area) and Careers Explorer can provide you with up to date labour market information on a range of careers and occupations. 

What are the highest paid jobs of 2016 in the UK?

  1. Brokers - includes Stockbrokers, traders on the stock exchange, foreign exchange dealers, insurance brokers.

    Average pay before tax: £133,868

  2. Chief executives - includes Vice-presidents, chief medical officers, civil servants (grade 5 and above).

    Average pay before tax: £123,577

  3. Marketing directors - includes Sales directors.

    Average pay before tax: £87,890

  4. Aircraft pilots - includes First officers of airlines, flight engineers, flying instructors, helicopter pilots.

    Average pay before tax: £86,915

  5. Financial managers and directors - includes Investment bankers, Treasury managers.

    Average pay before tax: £84,675

  6. In-house lawyers - includes Attorneys, legal consultants.

    Average pay before tax: £80,210

  7. Air traffic controllers - includes Air traffic service assistants, flight planners.

    Average pay before tax: £81,132

  8. Medical practitioners - includes Anaesthetists, hospital consultants, GPs, paediatricians, psychiatrists, radiologists, surgeons.

    Average pay before tax: £78,386

  9. IT and telecommunications directors - includes Technical directors of computer services.

    Average pay before tax: £78,071

  10. Financial institution managers and directors - includes Bank manager, insurance manager.

    Average pay before tax: £75,169

Source: The Guardian 31 October 2016


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   Women C_Industries

 Women in the workforce 

     Geography C_Industries 

 Geographical representation

  Disabled C_Industries 

   Freelance workforce  


  BAME representation

Useful Websites

Luminate - student and graduate labour market information

NOMIS - official labour market statistics

Tech Partnership - Digital Labour Market information


If you have a disability, you may be able to get support to help you find a training course, employment or progress further with your current job.  Have a look at the Information for People with Disabilities leaflet within the Work and Training section on eClips

Great with Disability - provides students with disabilities or long-term health conditions all the information they need to prepare for graduate job applications and the recruitment process. It also lists graduate recruiters who are Great With Disability and provides information about the support they offer and the opportunities they are recruiting for.

 An Employment Skills Guide for people with newly acquuired disabilities or health conditions
 Into Apprenticeships - The Guide for disabled people

Please note that the downloadable booklets Doing Work Differently and Doing Careers Differently are over two years old but they are the most recent version and still contain relevant information, although some of it may have changed slightly. 

Doing Work Differently
Getting and keeping a job while managing ill-health, injury or disability.

Doing Work Differently


Doing Careers Differently
How to make a success of your career while living with a disability or health condition.

Doing Careers Differently

Useful websites

Access to Work grant

Action on Hearing Loss - Employer responsibilies

Bedford Borough Council Supported Employment Services

British Association for Supported Employment

Disability Rights - Employment

Disability Rights UK - Education, Skills and Employment

Hearing Link - your rights at work

RNIB - Employment and Work

RNIB's Extending the Reach Programme

Specialist Employability Support Programme (visual impairment)

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