The paper trail

Outcomes

This session provides jobseekers with disabilities with the necessary information and tools to:

  • Explain the purpose and function of a CV, cover letter, and applications.
  • Complete an application, CV, and cover letter (electronic or hard copy versions).
  • Avoid common errors when completing an application, CV or cover letter.

Rationale

One of the greatest challenges to the job seeking process is dealing with the necessary paperwork inherent in the application process. While many employers now use an electronic application process, a significant number still rely on hardcopy applications and CVs to secure information about prospective candidates for job vacancies. Some people with disabilities may never have seen samples of CVs or cover letters in  preferred format and therefore have little or no understanding of the subtleties of format and structure. This session provides them with examples of CVs and completed applications in formats they can access to review how others have approached this task.

Content

This session includes:

Instruction: Dos and Don’ts of Completing Job Applications

Discussion: How to get started—is the application form accessible? What needs to be included? How to: complete a person specification, email a job application, apply in person and apply on-line

Instruction: How to Produce an Exemplary CV

Discussion: CV contents options

Instruction: Purpose, Content, and Focus of a Cover Letter,

Activity: Finalize CV and cover letter. Use Activity: “Preparation of CV and cover letter” (see module 3).