CareerSet CV Checker FAQs

What is CareerSet?

  • CareerSet is The University of Manchester’s online CV Checker.
  • You can upload your existing CV or use our online resource to draft your first CV and receive instant personalised feedback. You can access our CV Checker 24/7 365 days a year from any location and you can re-submit your CV as many times as you like to keep improving your CV score.     

Who can use CareerSet?

  • If you have an active university email address you can access CareerSet, these include: @student.manchester.ac.uk and @postgrad.manchester.ac.uk, @mba.mbs.ac.uk, @postgrad.mbs.ac.uk, @student.mbs.ac.uk.

I am a graduate, can I still use CareerSet?

  • You can use CareerSet whilst you have your Manchester.ac.uk address, so please make the most of it whilst you are a registered student. Once you graduate you will no longer have access to a university email address.

How many times can I submit my CV for scoring?

  • You can submit your CV as many times as you wish. You can submit different CVs for different job roles to ensure you are tailoring each CV to each individual job description.

How does it work?

  • Once you are logged in, upload your CV as a pdf and follow the instructions given.
  • There are two products ScoreMyCV for general CV feedback and TargetMyCV for tailored feedback against a job description.

How long will it take to get Feedback?

  • Feedback is instant!

Will CareerSet make the changes onto my CV?

  • No. You will need to look at the detailed feedback and make your own recommended changes. You can then re-upload your CV to see if the scoring has changed. The feedback is comprehensive so organise some time to sit and review and implement changes. It could make the difference between you getting an interview or being rejected.

Can I CareerSet feedback on a Strengths CV / Academic CV?

  • No, CareerSet has been designed to check chronological CV formats, if a CV is more unconventional i.e., skills based, creative or eccentric we recommended you use the CV application review appointments.

Is CareerSet suitable for recruiters outside the UK?

  • Research for CareerSet is based on UK employer and recruiter market and best practices within the UK.
  • For advice on CV requirements in other countries please visit our website for  Passport Career  or Prospects working abroad.

I achieved a high score but it’s not 100% - what should I do? 

  • It is unlikely that there is a 100% CV score out there! We recommend you aim for a CV Score of 70. Once you have achieved a score of 70 by following the advice and guidance from CareerSet you may want to contact the Careers Service for more in-depth advice against a particular job you are applying for.

Will CareerSet give me feedback on a covering letter or personal statement?

I have a particular job I am applying for will CareerSet Feedback against the job description?

  • Yes, Go to TargetMYCV and upload both the job description and your CV.

What kind of advice can I expect?

  • The feedback report runs across dozens of checks that recruiters and hiring manages pay attention to. As well as making your CV Applicant Tracking Compatible it evaluates your strength of word choice in three main areas Impact, Style and Brevity.
  • As a small example of the checks your CV will be checked for how often you are using Action Verbs and how you have used these in a sentence, filler words are checked to ensure you get the maximum impact.
  • It will also check on how you are describing activities to ensure you will match Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS), it will check your use of buzz words like ‘hardworking’ that can add little value to a CV and how you have evidenced your skills.

How will my data be used by CareerSet and The University of Manchester?

  • Students are required to opt-in to the CareerSet terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy before being able to access the service, which can be found on the CareerSet website: https://careerset.io/privacy and https://careerset.io/terms.php.
  • Careers Service will have access to student’s information including CV scores and Feedback reports. This information will be used to inform CV benchmarking criteria, develop Careers support materials and offer further CV application advice. CVs will not be accessible and are not stored in Careerset, all other information will be retained in line with The University of Manchester’s data retention policies.
  • More information can be found Privacy and Information Governance.

For more FAQs please visit https://careerset.io/faq