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CVs, cover letters and completing application forms
What is a CV?
A CV is a document that employers will look at to see if you are the right person for the job.
CV stands for curriculum vitae. These are Latin words.
What do you put in a CV?
A CV will be full of information about you that relates to the job you are applying for.
It should contain information like:
• Your name
• Contact information like a phone number and email, but NOT your full address
• Any jobs you have worked in before
• Any work experience Work experience is when you try out a job to help you learn new skills. you might have done
• Your best qualities
• Any life experiences that you can apply to the job.
What is a cover statement?
A cover statement is a small amount of writing that explains why you think you will be good at the job you are applying for.
It should explain why you think you will be good at the job and what your best qualities are.
It is your chance to shout about what you think are the best things about you and to sell yourself to the employer.
A cover statement is a good way of introducing yourself to the person who might be about to give you a job.
What does an employer want to know about you?
An employer will want to know about your:
If you do not have much experience of employment Employment means having a job. , make sure you show what life experiences you have and show that you want to learn.
Examples of experience might be:
• Other jobs you have worked in
• Work experience you have done
• Volunteering you have done
• Any examples of your day to day life that might make you suitable for the job.
Employers like people who show that they are keen and really want the job.
Help to complete an application form
Somebody from Mencap or another local support provider may be able to help you complete job applications.
You can find out what support Mencap offers and where here.
Friends and family members might also be able to help you with this.
They will be able to help you answer some of the questions you aren’t sure about.
Asking the employer if you need to complete an application form or provide a CV
If you find online application forms difficult, it is OK to ask if you can send a CV instead.
You should let the employer know that you have a learning disability A learning disability is to do with the way someone's brain works. It makes it harder for someone to learn, understand or do things. and ask if they could make reasonable adjustments.
Things to remember
Your contact details.
The date and time for when the application form needs to be handed in.
Who to send the application form to.
Information and support
To find out more about Mencap’s employment services and where we offer these, go on our website.
Or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Or call our helpline: 0808 808 1111
If Mencap do not offer support in your area, you may be able to find help through your local job centre.
You can find your nearest job centre here.
Or your local council A council is also called a local authority A local authority is also called a council. They are a group of people who make decisions about some of the things in the area where you live like schools, social care Social care means the services that give care and support to people who need it. (support for people), parks and dustbin collection. . They are a group of people who make decisions about some of the things in the area where you live. These include: schools, social care (support for people), parks and dustbin collection. might be able to help you.