“Unlocking Your Future.”. Top Tips to Getting a Job in HE Professor Jo Doust , University of Brighton Dr Richard Tong, UWIC, Cardiff March 2010. Aim.
Top Tips to Getting a Job in HE
Professor Jo Doust, University of Brighton
Dr Richard Tong, UWIC, Cardiff
Get a good degree
Publish your dissertation
Look at jobs.ac.uk, BASES website
Get a PG qualification in teaching
as well as subject specific PG degree
Be prepared to move
Be flexible in your ideal job specification
Undertake voluntary work i.e. Dissertation
subject, Sports Science Support, lab assistant
What else could you do now?
Comprehensive application mapped against
Information on the programmes offered by
Background on the job, Institution and interview panel
Background on the school/faculty/dept
Background on the staff profile
Review prospectus, website, NSS, etc.
What else could you do now?
Do what is asked – No CV means no CV
Do not hand write it
When writing the personal statement follow the same order as the person specification.
Make short-listing exercise easy using BOTH essential and desirable criteria
Give examples and be specific.
Personal statement - 2 sides of A4.
Who does the short listing?
Get someone to proof read your application.
Check that your application has been received - Email and hardcopy.
A paper copy should be on good quality white paper and be accompanied by a covering letter
Applying for a job should be seen as a job
How long should you spend on your application?
Know your audience
Timing - If it says 10 minutes it must be 10 minutes (+/– a minute) – Practise
PowerPoint – 1 per minute
Content – Relevant to the title and should contain a start, middle and end.
Individual – be unique and give examples
Style – Clear, concise, fluent
Memory – bullets – A4 sheet –
What back up will you have?
What are they looking for?
What would your presentation be on?
1 Why have you applied for this post?
2 Provide an example of how you have worked as part of a team and explain your role in that team.
3 What is your personal approach to organizing yourself and managing your time? Different people do this in different ways…what do you do?
4 What personal achievement are you most proud in the during your time at university?
5 Elements of physiology appear at different levels of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. What differences in approach might you take to teaching (or assessment) at each level?
6 Research is an important part of a lecturer’s job. What experience do you have of undertaking research?
Prepare fully – formal and informal interviews
Undertake a mock interview
Be prepared for questions focused on yourself
Be prepared for questions focused on the job
Understand HE, Acronyms (QAA, RAE, PDP)
Provide examples from your experiences
What would you wear?
Answer the questions
Be prepared to be scored on each question
Ask for a question to be repeated if necessary
Answers should be between 2-5 minutes
Body language and eye contact
Don’t waffle or lie but perhaps exaggerate!
What question would you ask?
S. O. L. E. R.
Someone to fit the person specification
Someone to add value
Someone they could work with
A team player
Good transferable skills
Good communication skills
A safe pair of hands
A nice person