Presenting yourself to employers
Research Skills required by PhD students G4: Present one's skills, personal attributes and...
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9 March 2010
Research Skills required by PhD students G4: Present one's skills, personal attributes and experiences through effective CVs, applications and interviews
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By the time students complete a PhD, they should be able to answer ‘Yes’ to most of these questions.
- Have you participated in practise job interviews and mock interviews?
- Can you summarise lessons you learned from those experiences?
- Can you give a list of standard interview questions, and have you thought about how you might answer them?
- Can you describe what psychometric testing is and how it is used in recruitment?
- Do you keep your c.v. up-to-date?
- Has your c.v. been reviewed by a career counsellor or a colleague with substantial interview experience?
- Can you tailor your CV to meet a job specification?
- Can you prepare effective CVs to meet academic and non-academic requirements,
- Can you write a relevant and engaging cover letter?
- Do you know how your extra-curricular activities contribute to your employability?
- Have you mapped your skills and experience onto 'person specifications' for jobs of interest to you?
- Can you give examples of how you demonstrate your personal qualities, skills, and abilities?
- Have you researched prospective companies/ Higher Education Institutions?
- Are you aware of the network role in finding job opportunities?
Evidence of this skill
These are examples of documents you can collect. Each implies a piece or work, which may be a good way for you to develop this skill.
- Probation mini-viva.
- Up-to-date cvs, tailored to academic and industrial job opportunities.
- A one page cv to use when 'cold calling' or seeking interviews
- A record of work shadowing
- A record of participation in career days and other career management training opportunities.
- A covering letter for a job application
- Written work set by interview panel
- PowerPoint presentation in support of application
- Evidence having researched prospective companies/Institutions
This page is based upon material produced by The Open University’s research school to support doctoral students.