Application

Blog posts about applications to jobs and internships. For more information please visit the applications section of our website.

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Vault: Career Insider is an online tool that allows LSE students and alumni access to unlimited and comprehensive careers information and advice including:

worldwide company and internship ranking and reviews
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career path guidance, including profiles about different occupations
advice on resumes, cover letters, interviews and networking
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How to write effective application forms

If you’re applying for jobs then you will have discovered that filling out application forms can take a lot of time and effort. Effective preparation and doing your research will help you to stand out from the crowd though – here are a few tips to help you along the way!
Get the basics right
This might seem obvious but it’s […]

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5 ways to write great speculative applications

Speculative applications can be an effective way of increasing your chances of getting a job. Essentially they involve crafting well written, tailored CVs and cover letters to an individual in an organisation who is in a position to hire you. The crucial element is that you are not replying to an advertised vacancy, but instead are writing on the […]

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Alternative CV formats – functional or skills based CVs

As you know, one of the most important elements in your job search toolkit is your CV. If effective, it’ll play a key role in opening doors and ensuring you’re invited to interview. Of course it might be more accurate to talk of CVs. Your CV isn’t a one-off definitive generic document. It needs to be tailored for each individual application. […]

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How to make a strong graduate application

Writing applications for graduate roles is hard work but we’re here to help and make the process easier. A strong application is the first step towards an interview or assessment centre (or both!) so it’s worth taking the time to prepare.
Start with research
Read up on the employer, what they offer and what they’re looking for. Read more widely on […]

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Managing expectations in your job search and beyond

Have you ever been to see a film that you have waited what seems like an age for, heard masses of hype about, then you’ve been phenomenally disappointed by? Or queued for hours to buy something in the sales (Boxing Day anyone?) then found you can’t get in or everything you want has gone because there were so many […]

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    Different CV for different jobs – why tailored CVs yield better results

Different CV for different jobs – why tailored CVs yield better results

Blog by LSE Careers consultant Maddie Smith:

Ever seen an advertisement and thought, that’s not targeted at me or conversely really felt it talked to you? Marketers spend fortunes trying to understand consumers and producing adverts encouraging people to buy their products. Well it might seem a strange thing to say but many of the same principals of effective advertising […]

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How to keep your CV to two pages

Many recruiters tell us they get hundreds of applications per vacancy so have to shortlist CVs very quickly. It’s important therefore to keep your CV concise, on one or two pages (unless it’s an academic CV) and tailor it to the role you’re applying for.

We often see students who need help with what to cut out of their CV […]

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CV writing for experienced hires

As someone with a few years of work experience, you’ll already have had some success with writing CVs. When rewriting your CV as an experienced hire, it’s important to take a step back and consider the parts of your CV that are still relevant to include for a new audience/level.

Rewriting your CV can be a very helpful exercise in […]

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Get CV and interview essentials in just two minutes

Need to write your CV or got an interview coming up? We’ve launched two online video guides to job searching. Designed to give you short and snappy essentials at your finger tips, they focus on how to write an effective CV and how to prepare for an interview.

In less than two minutes, get the key concepts of making your […]

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One page or two? How long does my CV need to be?

‘Should my CV be one or two pages?’ is perhaps the number one question we get asked at LSE Careers at this time of year. Those of you who would like a definitive answer to your question may not be too happy with our response ‘it depends’! But that’s the thing about CVs – there simply isn’t a definitive ‘right’ and […]

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How to research employers before applying to jobs

Do you want to stand apart from other applicants? Or prepare for the dreaded ‘why us?’ question? Then, it’s quite simple…research employers before you begin applying.

Not only will it help you decide if you want to work for the employer in the first place, research will help equip you with some genuine, inimitable reasons for why you want to […]

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Crafting PhD CV(s) – yes you will have more than one CV!

More than half of LSE PhD students work outside academia after their studies. For some, the transition is smooth, for others the journey is longer and involves some rejections from employers before securing the first post-PhD position. A well prepared CV or application form will increase your chances of success in any sector and many PhD students and graduates […]

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Types of CV and when to use them

There are different formats you can use for your CV to show your skills and experiences in the best way, tailored to the role which you are applying to. You may present the same information but in a slightly different way with alternative headings and structure.
Traditional or reverse-chronological CV
This is the most common type of CV and is suitable […]

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Things to consider when completing a job application

Job applications can be quite stressful.

Whether you’re looking to start your career or just trying to find any work for now, applications can be tough. It’s tempting to send the same CV and cover letter to every job you apply for, but this will probably not work. Here are our top things to think about when you’re completing a job application, […]

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    How to approach CV writing at different stages of your career/studies

How to approach CV writing at different stages of your career/studies

We know that at LSE some of you once you graduate will be at the start of your career whereas others are looking to change careers and/or have previous work experience. And of course we have PhD students looking for roles in and outside academia. Whichever group you fall into (and we know there are overlaps!) it’s important to […]

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10 tips for master’s applications

Writing a master’s application is very similar to applications for most jobs. Generally you will complete a form with your basic details, and then write a personal statement detailing why you should be accepted.

For that reason, master’s applications should be considered as seriously as an application for a job you really want. It can be hard to know where to start, […]

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    We asked employers what makes applications stand out – here’s what they said

We asked employers what makes applications stand out – here’s what they said

We asked some of our key employer contacts what they thought made a written application stand out – have a look below and get your applications in shape! You can also take a look at previous post including comments from Demos, McKinsey & Company, NATO Parliamentary Assembly and many more.

Teach First
Ko Amirthamoorthy, Campus Recruitment Officer

One thing that I […]

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    We asked employers what makes applications stand out – here’s what they said

We asked employers what makes applications stand out – here’s what they said

We asked some of our key employer contacts what they thought made a written application stand out – have a look below and get your applications in shape!

You can also view another post including comments from The Boston Consulting Group, Oxera, and many more.

PwC
Katie Frost – Campus Engagement and Recruitment Process Effectiveness Manager
We always look for evidence that […]

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Getting started on your CV

If you haven’t written a CV before then it can be hard to know where to start but don’t worry! We have a few tips to help you get started and ideas on where to get further/individual advice.

Curriculum Vitae means ‘story of your life’ but don’t take this literally – be selective about what you include as in most […]

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