Tips For Job Applications

When you apply for a job, you’ll generally be asked to send in your résumé (or CV), together with a cover letter or email of application. Employers often receive hundreds of applications for a job, so it’s very important to make sure that both your résumé/CV and cover letter create the right impression and present your professional background in a focused, well-structured, and attractive way.

This section offers guidance on how to prepare impressive job application materials. Read our Top tips for writing a CV/résumé and Top tips for writing a cover letter to get straightforward and essential advice, and explore the links below for more in-depth information and examples. Note that résumés are more commonly used in the United States, while CVs are typically preferred in Great Britain.

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Adjectives

An adjective is a word that describes a noun. Find out what different types of adjectives exist.

A Key To English Pronunciations

Grammar

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Grammar A–Z

Some grammatical terms are familiar, but others can be hard to remember: our glossary is a handy guide to all the grammar terminology you need.

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How To Use Adverbs

If you want to learn more about adverbs, read this handy guide on how to use them.

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How to Write A Cover Letter

Writing a great cover letter for your job application helps you get noticed and invited to interview – but we can help you through the stages of writing it.

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How To Write A CV/Résumé

Applying for a job? Whether it’s your first job or you’ve been working for years, we have some advice for putting together your CV/résumé.

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How To Write Job Applications

A good CV/résumé is useful, but a great covering letter is often vital for securing the job you really want. Here’s our advice on writing job applications.

Key to the non-anglicized pronunciation of foreign words

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Participles

Do you know what the two kinds of participles in English are, and what form they normally take? If you’re not sure, take a look at our guide.

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Phrasal verbs

Some verbs can be used in partnership with an adverb or preposition to mean something else entirely. Learn how to use phrasal verbs with our guide.

Verbs

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What Are Active And Passive Verbs?

What’s the difference between active and passive verbs? When and how should you use them?

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What are auxiliary verbs?

Be', 'do', and 'have' are all auxiliary verbs. Find out what that means, and how modal verbs fit into this classification.

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What are subjects and objects in a sentence?

All verbs have ‘subjects’, and many verbs also have direct objects or indirect objects. If that sounds complicated, here’s how to help you get it straight.

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What are transitive and intransitive verbs?

If you’re not sure what the difference between transitive and intransitive verbs is, or how to use verbs with objects, then check out our handy guidelines.

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What Are Verb Tenses?

Sometimes the different verb tenses are hard to understand. This article explains them; the past, the present, and the future tense, and their differences.

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What Is A Mood In Grammar?

Can you tell your indicative mood from your interrogative mood? After reading our guide, you’ll know all five moods in English and how to use them.

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Writing an impressive job application

Writing an impressive job application is an excellent step towards the job you've always wanted: we've got some tips to help you create one.

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Writing a résumé

Applying for a job? Whether it’s your first job or you’ve been working for years, we have some advice for putting together your résumé.