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Postgrad Essentials: Beyond the Basics, Semester 2 2018

These sessions take you beyond the basic skills to take it to the next level. They assume that you already know the fundamentals of CVs, interviews and job hunting, or have at least "read the handouts". Open to taught and research postgrads across the University.

Update, 6 March 2018

These sessions have now taken place and the slides are available to download as pdfs (below). However, as the talks included more detail and examples (not reproduced on slides), a more comprehensive standalone online resource is now in development - watch this space.

Postgrad Essentials: Beyond the Basics - Presenting yourself in writing (CVs, Applications, Online profiles eg LinkedIn)

Delivered on Thursday 15 Feb

You know the basics of CVs and online profiles, you can read the handouts - how do you go from competent to outstanding? This 50 minute talk will focus on three tricky areas which can really make a difference:

  • Curate your life (Tailoring and presenting the most appropriate version of yourself to an employer)
  • From description to insight (Addressing the "so what?" factor, making sense of your life to an employer)
  • Make every word count (Using words withimpact, professionalism without losing your personality)

Slides from session (pdf): PG Essentials Beyond the Basics - CVs and applications
NB: These slides only document a selection of the information covered in the session and none of the interactivity or questions covered. A more comprehensive standalone online resource will be available in the future.

Postgrad Essentials: Beyond the Basics - Presenting yourself in person (Interviews, including face-to-face, phone, recorded video and live video)

Delivered on Wednesday 21 Feb

You know the basics of interviews, you can read the handouts - how do you go from competent to outstanding? This 50 minute talk will focus on three tricky areas which can really make a difference:

  • Find the feeling (Tackling strengths based interviews)
  • Thinking in bullets (How to tackle tricky questions and brain fade)
  • What's in shot? (Professionalise your video interviews)

Slides from session (pdf): PG Essentials Beyond the Basics - Interviews
NB: These slides only document a selection of the information covered in the session and none of the interactivity or questions covered. A more comprehensive standalone online resource will be available in the future.

Postgrad Essentials: Beyond the Basics - Finding a job to apply to

Delivered on Tuesday 6 Mar

You know the basics of finding jobs, you know some of the websites to use - how do you hunt for jobs like a pro? This 50 minute talk will focus on three tricky areas which can really make a difference:

  • Passive, active or pro-active? (Devise your optimum job hunting strategy)
  • Tracking down likely employers (Want that "list of employers in ..."? Here's how to create it yourself)
  • Sneaking up on your ideal job (What to do if your perfect job isn't available right now)

Slides from session (pdf): PG Essentials Beyond the Basics - Finding a job
NB: These slides only document a selection of the information covered in the session and none of the examples covered. A more comprehensive standalone online resource will be available in the future.