applications

  • Coping with career rejection

    At the Careers Service, we’re here to support you on your journey into the working world. A significant part of this journey might involve coping with rejection, either at the application stage or further along after an interview. We want to encourage positivity and set you up for success, and making...

  • Personal Statements for Academic Jobs

    I first published this post in 2015, but I've given it a little refresh for 2020, based on my experience of having read many personal statements for academic jobs, and heard academic recruiters talking about what helps to make a...

  • Why are you applying for this master’s degree? How to write a convincing answer

    The decision to apply for a master’s degree is very exciting. There are many reasons why you might pursue one but presenting these motivations in a personal, deep-seated, and well-considered way is a task of its own. To start, be...

  • CVs for master's applications

    I’ve seen quite a few students in the last few months applying for master’s courses, where a CV was a required or optional part of the application process. Yet a quick Google search throws up very little in terms of...

  • Supporting Disabled Students: Asking for additional support in the recruitment process

    We are living in challenging and uncertain times, but for some students who have a long term health condition, a physical or an invisible disability such as dyslexia, ADHD, depression and anxiety, this can then create some additional concerns when...

  • Gaps on your CV and how to explain them

    It is perfectly acceptable to have gaps in your CV. Just be aware that if you ignore them, the employer might assume you are hiding something shameful. Instead, go in with an open and honest attitude and be willing to...

  • FAQ The Careers Service and Covid-19

    FAQ Careers Service and Covid-19 We in the Careers Service understand that the current current Covid-19 situation is making many students and graduates feel uneasy and worried about their future, both in the UK and also abroad. Therefore please see...

  • Presenting your soft skills: Convince them of your capabilities

    Communication, teamwork, and problem-solving skills are mentioned on almost every cover letter and personal statement we see. You can imagine that recruiters get the same déjà vu. Meeting their criteria is essential but sometimes it isn’t enough to keep them...

  • Writing a CV for PhD study

    If you are applying for PhD study, you’ll want to diverge from the classic style of CV and tailor it within the academic context. To help you with this, I have highlighted three key qualities to emphasise: your academic competence,...

  • Application writing tips: How to cut down on words

    Gone over the word limit? Don’t know which sentences to sacrifice? This article has been written for those of you who are concerned that you might compromise your work with the delete button. Whether this is a job application or...