Applying for a university job can be stressful and take a lot of time. The academic job market has become competitive and PhD graduates are finding it increasingly difficult to secure permanent academic positions.
What can also make applying for a university job difficult is the process of actually designing a job application. Here is why. Most of the advice you can find on the Internet on how to apply for jobs, how to write CVs and cover letters, does not apply to university jobs.
University job applications are different from other kinds of job applications in that they need to follow a specific formula. There are certain expectations at universities about how a proper university job application should look like.
And if your application does not meet those expectations, you will make the impression that you don’t fully understand the nature of a university job.
On the other hand, if your university job application demonstrates that you understand the rules, you will at least have a chance that your application will be fully considered and not rejected straight away.
Here is some good news: Every day there are new university jobs advertised and every day someone is successful in securing them.
"The purpose of this programme is to help you to become successful in applying for a university job."
The way I am going to do it is I am going to explain, in great detail, the exact formula for designing a university job application for maximum impact.
Yes, there is a formula for creating a university job application the right way. What does it mean 'the right way'? It simply means in the way which meets the expectations of the university selection panel.
What You Will Get in This Course
Inside you will learn:
About the Course Leader
I'm Kamil Zwolski, PhD. I have over 10 years’ experience of working at higher education institutions. I worked part-time at universities in Manchester and London, before securing a permanent post at the University of Southampton, which is in the top 1% of universities worldwide.
The beginnings were tough. My first teaching job was at the university where I was doing my PhD. Then I got a visiting lectureship at an American university, which had a campus in London, while I was still living in Manchester.
As I was doing those jobs, I kept submitting applications to get a permanent, full-time university post. Overall, it took me over 70 applications to get one eventually.
I’ve also learned a lot in the process, and my applications were improving over time. Over the years of working at a university, I’ve also gained experience of being on the other side of job applications.
As a member of selection panels, I have learned how a university job application should look like from the university perspective. Because of this experience, I believe that I am in a very good position to help you with your university job application.
With the 30-day 100% money back guarantee, there is no reason why you should not try the course out right now.
In this Introduction video, students will learn why I’ve created this highly-valuable course, what exactly they will learn by completing it, and I will also tell the students about myself.
In this video, students will learn about the three most common types of university posts.
In this video, students will learn how to properly read a university job advert.
In this video, students will learn how to properly read the university job description.
In this video, students will learn how to properly read the university job person specification.
In this video, students will learn three things. First, they will learn about the format of the cover letter. Second, they will learn about the general structure and how to tailor it to different kinds of posts. Finally, students will learn the formula that should guide the content of their letter.
In this video, students are going to learn what to write in the introduction and conclusion for their cover letter.
In this video, students are going to learn what and how to write in the most important part of their cover letter – their research experience section. The research component of the application is the most important unless the position students are applying for is focused exclusively on teaching. Students will learn about the general structure of this section and what information to include. Then, students will learn how to include that information for maximum impact. We will also look at examples.
In this video, students are going to learn about the second section of their cover letter, which deals with their teaching experience, philosophy and examples. Unless the post they are applying for is strictly research-only, they will need to include this section on teaching. Students will learn how they can structure this section of the cover letter for the maximum impact. Then they will learn some examples of specific teaching approaches, which they can use in their cover letter to demonstrate that they have a coherent teaching strategy and that they are familiar with teaching and learning approaches in higher education.
In this video, students are going to learn what to include in the last section of their cover letter. I will call it an ‘admin’ section, but the actual name differs depending on where they apply. If they apply in the United States, this paragraph will be called ‘Academic Service’. They can use the same label in the UK and the rest of Europe, although in the UK ‘Administration experience’ is more popular. The purpose of this section is simple: it is to demonstrate that an applicant is not only interested in pursuing their interests in terms of research and teaching, but that he/she is also eager to help the institution with some routine tasks.
In this video, students will learn some additional tips for making their cover letter stand out.
In this video, students will learn how an academic CV is different from a non-academic CV.
In this video, students are going to learn about how to properly structure their academic CV.
In this video, students are going to learn how to tailor their CV to the specific post they apply for.
In this video, students will learn some additional tips for making their academic CV stand out.
In this video, students will learn how to properly complete a university job application form.
I'm Associate Professor in International Politics at the University of Southampton, UK, which is in the top 1% of universities worldwide. I am also Fellow of the UK’s Higher Education Academy, which promotes teaching excellence.
My passion is to research and teach the most important problems of International Relations, which I have been doing for over 10 years now. I have been working at universities in Manchester, London and Southampton, UK. I have also conducted extended research at the European Union headquarters in Brussels, and the United Nations headquarters in New York.
My on-line courses will give you concrete knowledge and skills to understand and speak about most problems of international politics with confidence.
The content I am teaching is 100% backed-up by the decades of research in the field of International Relations, and it cannot be replaced with watching and reading the news in newspapers and magazines.
Remember: facts are NOT knowledge, understanding and ability. That's why, through my courses, I urge you to stop following world news all the time, and start educating yourself in order to understand the world.
If you are open to new knowledge and skills, and if you want to speak confidently about most problems of international politics, enroll in the course.
You have a 30-day money back guarantee if you decide it's not for you. Plus, I am regularly adding new content so that you can stay on top of the most recent research to expand your skills. So check out my course and enroll today.
More About Me
It's funny, but my passion for international politics started already in the kindergarten, when I was only a few years old. One day my friend gave me a large, colorful political map of the world. It had different colors for each country, and I found it captivating. I am not sure where he got it from, but I loved!
This interest stayed with me and shaped my life choices. In 2006, I graduated with my BA and MA in Political Science, receiving competitive Scholarship of the Polish Ministry of Education. In 2007, I graduated with MA European Studies from the University of Maastricht, Holland, also with the Scholarship of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
In 2007, after securing Full Scholarship, I began my PhD study in the European Studies Research Institute, University of Salford, UK. I graduated in 2011, and in 2013 I published my first book, concerning the role of the European Union in international security.
Since 2012, I have been working at the University of Southampton, and I continue to develop my passion for research and teaching. I am currently working on my second book, which concerns European - Russian relations following the recent conflict in Ukraine. My research articles are published regularly in some of the world's leading academic journals.
I teach hundreds of students every year, and in 2015 my efforts were recognized with a prestigious Vice-Chancellor’s Teaching Award for innovation in teaching international politics. I am always friendly and approachable for my students, because admire everyone open to learning new knowledge and skills.