The architectural profession values good design and will be looking for strong visual presentation skills in both your CV and portfolio as well as relevant practical experience.
For tips on creating a strong CV click here.
For more information on how to present your paper portfolio click here.
To find out more about electronic portfolios click here.
Every application should be submitted with a brief covering letter which is your chance to introduce yourself to the practice. Find out about each practice you are applying to before you apply. Call the practice and ask what they are looking for in a potential employee.
You may also be able to meet a practice partner or director to find out more about the practice, and which skills they will value most in a potential employee.
Make sure you tailor both your covering letter and your CV to the practice, highlighting any specialist skills you know they will value and any non-architectural experience that may set you apart from other applicants.
For more information on writing a covering letter click here.
It is important to follow up your application with a call to the relevant person at the practice to which you have applied.
Ask for feedback on your CV, portfolio and covering letter even if you do not get the job.