Application Advice

'Your CV can be the key to a job which will shape your life'
                                                                     (Ali, L & Graham, B, 2000)

To convince employers or academic institutions that you are the right candidate for the job, you need to be able to sell yourself effectively. These pages will provide information and advice on how to go about this process, from initial applications to the interview stage.

As with all CVs, when developing an academic CV you need to think about what you have to offer and produce a CV that is tailored to the role you are applying for.  Read our pages on CV writing for guidance.  However, there are significant differences between academic and non-academic CVs in terms of acceptable length and content. With both an Academic and Non-Academic CV the purpose is:

  • To demonstrate you have the skills and ability to do the job
  • To provide credible evidence that you have the experience
  • To persuade the employer you are worth interviewing.

The following resources will guide you on your way to producing an effective CV:

  • Careers and Employability Service pages on CV writing
  • vitae's creating effective CVs
  • attend seminars at the Careers and Employability Service for expert tips and techniques
  • watch the video Looking Good on Paper - available online on the Careers and Employability Service  Succeed pages
  • use prospects for a variety of styles of CV, including academic
  • visit European careers orientation for information on CVs/ application procedures around the EU

Your covering letter completes your marketing package.  As with your CV you should put time and thought into it to complement your CV or application form and attract the recruiter's attention.   We would suggest that you always send a covering letter with your CV or Application. Utilise it to highlight your skills that match the job description. It should contain compelling evidence why you should be selected for interview. However, make sure that all the information is on the CV as some organisations discard the covering letter.

The following resources will guide you on your way to producing an effective covering letter:

A tailored application is key to convincing the employer you have the right experience, skills and attributes for the job. The following information will guide you in your preparation.

  • Careers and Employability Service guide to Application Forms 
  • attend seminars at the Careers and Employability Service for expert tips and techniques
  • use Prospects for some solid advice and suggestions of positive language to use
  • visit European careers orientation for information on CVs /application procedures around the EU

Having reached the interview stage you have already persuaded the employer through your application form or  CV that you have appropriate qualifications, skills and experience for the post. This is only the first stage, there are a number of practical steps you can take to ensure that you are well prepared for your interview  The following information will help you in this preparation:

  • Careers and Employability Services guide to Interviews
  • Vitae's excellent webpages on academic job interviews
  • Attend seminars at the Careers and Employability Service for expert tips and techniques
  • Use Prospects which includes information about interviews
  • European Careers Orientation for information on CVs/ application procedures around the EU
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