Advice and tips for DofE participants and Award holders

We know it can be a challenge finding the right job for you. So we want to make it easier for you.

Read on for our best tips and tricks to find out how to apply for Royal Mail – if you think we’re the company for you.

John Philips

“I am a 2012 Commercial Graduate in Royal Mail. I am currently in a HR placement working on building and managing Executive Development Programmes for Managers.”

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Royal Mail tips for your CV and application

Remember that your CV has to represent the best you have to offer. A good CV is one of your most valuable assets and it should interest the reader enough to make them want to meet you.

As well handing your CV over to potential employers, recruitment consultants and contacts you can also use your CV to remind you of your skills and experience (most importantly the skills you have learnt through your DofE programme!) and to help you with application forms and as a prompt at interviews too.

We recommend you start by thinking about the following points:

  • Think about yourself
  • Where are you at the moment?
  • Where do you want to go?
  • What type of role do you want to do?
  • What skills, knowledge and experience do you have? You will have developed lots of the key skills employers are looking for through your DofE.

Make sure with your application form that it works to your advantage by saying how and why your skills and experience are relevant to the vacancy.

Allow yourself plenty of time to complete the form and think carefully about what you’re putting in. You can use your CV to help you too.

Remember that covering letters are needed at every stage of the application process and provide another chance for you to present yourself in a positive light.

When writing your covering letter try thinking of it in three parts:

  • Attention grabbing introduction
  • The key message
  • A strong conclusion.

Keep it short and simple, always write to a named person and keep a copy of the letter for your own records.

Good luck!

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