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Publishing in Practice: Writing a Cover Letter

By Annie Brown, MA Creative Writing student blogger Writing a cover letter to a publisher can be tricky. Recently, I had to submit a short story to a publishing house and was stumped about what to write in my cover letter. I knew I needed to sell myself and my story, but I also wanted …

Publishing in Practice: Selecting an Agent

By Annie Brown, MA Creative Writing student blogger So, you’ve written a piece of work you’re interested in getting published. You may require a literary agent as very few large publishers contact authors directly. Choosing an agent to represent you and your work can be confusing and it is important to choose the right one. …

Publishing in Practice: Writing a Pitch

By Annie Brown, MA Creative Writing student blogger So, you’ve written a piece of work you want to show to the world. You’re interested in beginning the process of getting literary agents and publishers involved, but you need to write a pitch. This essential part of the publishing process can be tricky. You need to …

The best and worst things to do when filling out a job application

By Laura Estrop, Social Media Officer If you’re searching for jobs this summer, more likely than not you will have been faced with a job application form. For anyone who has completed more than two, you will be aware of how repetitive and time consuming they can be; leading to sloppy and easily avoidable mistakes …

New to the UK? Here’s some useful tips on applying for jobs

We’d like to say a big friendly welcome to all of our international students. We’ve gathered together tips to keep in mind when applying for jobs – whether they’re part-time, graduate roles or internships in the UK, it all counts. We appreciate the initial challenges of moving country and settling into a new culture. We’re …

How to Make the Most out of Your Internship

Are you looking forward to undertaking an internship or work experience this summer? Don’t sleepwalk your way through this valuable period of time with our six ways to make the most out of your experience.  Keep a record How many times have you come to write a CV or covering letter and found yourself staring at …

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Speculative Applications

You may be well-practised at filling in online application forms and sending off your CV and covering letter to apply for vacancies, but what if there’s a company you’re keen to work for and they’re not advertising positions? With a speculative application you send your CV and covering letter to an employer to enquire about opportunities, not necessarily vacancies, …

We’ve got it covered! Your covering letter dilemmas solved!

By Sarah Ainger, Employability Education Projects Officer, Careers and Employability Service So you’ve found a great opportunity that you want to apply for and your CV is ready, but you find yourself staring at a blank sheet of paper when you come to write your covering letter. To help you write a stand-out covering letter, …