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Today’s extremely competitive academic job environment can cause a great deal of heartache for the would-be academic. I have written before about priorities for PhD candidates when planning ahead for an academic career. Here I want to...

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Your curriculum vita (CV) is one of the most critical aspects to getting a good academic position. Unlike a resume for a non-academic position, a cv is often many pages. This is not to imply that it should be filled with lengthy...

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For those already in the ‘job seeking market’ let the New Year offer renewed hope. A chance to wipe the slate clean and focus on what this ‘new year’ can bring. If the previous year saw your applications unanswered, now is the time to...

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As social media continues to infiltrate every waking minute of our lives, there’s no denying that it’s changing the way we connect and interact. From searching the web, to purchasing products and finding jobs, social media has its...

How to Apply for an Academic Job ebook

This ebook will help you to become more attractive to employers when applying for an academic job. It will show employers what you have to offer at the application, interview and salary negotiation stages. This ebook offers step-by-step...

Top 101 Job Tips: How to Find a Job, Succeed in the Job and Progress in Your Career

Our Careers Advice here at jobs.ac.uk is truly colossal. It is the result of one-and-a-half year's hard work, and covers everything from CV tips to maintaining your sanity.

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Recently graduated PhD students and early career scholars are constantly told that the academic job market is so competitive that they should be glad to have any job offer at all. But that’s not always the case.

Matching Your Skills To A Job’s Person Specification

Filling in job application forms can be a long and boring process, especially if you are applying for a number of jobs at once. However, it is vital that you use the application form and covering letter to show that you are the ideal...

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With the job market so competitive, it may be unusual to have two job offers to choose from....

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Psychometric tests are increasingly used by employers to find the right person for the job. As a job applicant you should know what to expect and how best to approach a psychometric test.

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In the past month, I have been involved in the recruitment of three new people to ourteam, two of whom I will be line managing. This has meant reading 161 applications and interviewing 13 short-listed candidates in total...

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This article considers ways to build your resilience to positively handle the potential stress and challenges experienced when searching for jobs in a competitive market place. With high numbers of applicants for many vacancies resulting...

5 Tips for Selling Yourself When Applying for Jobs

‘Unique Selling Point’ (or USP) is a marketing idea developed to help people in business improve their sales. As a job seeker you also have something to sell: YOURSELF! These five tips will help you to improve your CV by using your USPs...

Understanding a Job Advert: What is an Informal Contact?

Many job adverts, although not all, list the name of an informal contact. This is the name and email address or phone number of a member of the academic staff who can be very useful to you as a jobseeker and can help you put together a...

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Are you currently looking for a job? Or are you trying to influence and persuade others to do things, for example buy a product or service from you, on a daily basis? Whether it’s on a daily, monthly or yearly basis, all of us at some...

Careers Fairs

If you.re looking for a new job or if you want to start a postgraduate course visiting a Careers Fair is a step in the right direction. There are several good reasons for this.

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Many job application forms include a large space for candidates to write something about themselves that will convince the employers to take them on. This can be quite daunting: what should you include in your personal statement...

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Academic staff seem to be either innovative people who are comfortable with new technology, or traditional individuals who resist change.

Filling in an Application Form for a Teaching Job

Applying for jobs can be an extremely frustrating process, not least because every application form is unique. This means that you cannot just present a standard application and copy and paste it into the relevant form.

Step-by-step: Identifying Your Job Skills & Unique Selling Points

How many people do you think are applying for the same jobs as you? To give you some idea, an advert on jobs.ac.uk is read an average of 500 times. You need to find a way to set yourself apart from the other applicants. Distinguishing...

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