Category: Applying for Jobs

Applying for Jobs

Applying for… a Max Weber Fellowship

The first testimonial comes from Dr. Luc-André Brunet discussing the Max Weber Fellowship at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, which he held in 2015-16. He is currently a Lecturer in Twentieth-Century Europe at the Open University. What did you do your PhD on? My PhD looked at the organisation of heavy industry, especially …

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*S*U*M*M*E*R* Testimonials

We are closing for the summer! Well, in part. Our regular features won’t be appearing as usual, but we’ve got a great line up of blogs to help those of you thinking of applying for research fellowships. As crazy as it sounds, the next round of applications for postdoctoral research (and teaching) fellowships is about …

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Imaginary lectureship – some interview questions and tips.

In April 2016, I applied to a job I knew I was not going to get. No, not because it was yet another one of these jobs advertised to people ‘with a PhD or about to submit their doctoral thesis’ when really the university is looking to appoint someone who already has a book out …

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On Cover Letters (3): Tips from the Internet

The internet has the answer to everything (almost): but are there too many answers? It is hard to spot the really useful websites/posts in a long list of google hits – so here are some links we’ve found which could be useful. In previous posts about Cover Letters we mentioned some of the points raised …

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On CVs (3): 3 more golden rules

We have shared information on various aspects of the Job Application process: as we enter into another round of job adverts and applications, here are a few more tips on your CV… Regularly update your CV. Otherwise, you forget all the very cool stuff you did. So, at the end of a term, go ahead and …

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On Interviews (2): Past Interview Questions

In an academic job interview, the interview Q&A is one of the more terrifying things to go through – you never know what kinds of questions your panel will ask. Or do you? Over the years European historians have collected questions from various academic job interviews, and when looking at the UK job market you certainly see recurring themes: …

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On Cover Letters (2): Some Tips

Applying for academic posts – whether temporary or permanent, research- or teaching-focussed – is one of the biggest hurdles for ECRs. So every month(ish), we post some advice on how to help you launch your career. At the moment, we are running a series on CVs, Cover Letters and Interviews which guides you towards other websites …

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On CVs (2): CV tips on the internet

As part of our Launching Your Career feature, we share tips on academic CVs, Cover Letters, Interviews and the Job Application Process overall. We recently discussed structuring your CV – now here are some follow up tips found on various internet websites. — There are plenty of websites to give you guidance for writing a CV. Some …

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On Interviews (1): Some Golden Rules

Getting an interview invitation triggers a rush of validation and excitement for most young academics – finally someone thinks you deserve a job! But before you start (1) going on national rail website to see how you can commute to your potential-future-new-uinversity (2) checking rightmove.com for the latest properties within walking/cycling/driving distance to the university (3) …

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On Cover Letters (1): structuring your cover letter

In order to help you in your application process, we recently discussed how to structure your CV (see here http://frenchhistorysociety.co.uk/blog/?p=342) but that is only part of the work. A really strong Cover Letter is key. Indeed, if the CV can be cut-and-pasted quite easily, the Cover Letter cannot be overly generic. Each application will have its own specificities …