University Job Application: A Step-By-Step Guide & Top Tips
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Maximise the impact of your university job application even if you don't have a publishing or teaching experience.
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Last updated 5/2017
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 8 Articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Properly read a university job advert.
  • Construct a university cover letter for maximum impact.
  • Understand what and how to write in each section of the cover letter.
  • Structure your academic CV the exact way that is expected by the selection panel.
  • Tailor your CV to the specific job they apply for.
  • Complete a university job application form.
  • Use Job Description and Person Specification to your maximum advantage.
  • Write about your research agenda even if you don't have any academic publications yet.
  • Explain your teaching philosophy even if you don't have yet a teaching experience.
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Requirements
  • You should be willing to put some work into improving your job application.
  • You should be motivated to keep improving your job candidate profile.
Description

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:

  • How to properly read a university job advert.
  • How to use Job Description and Person Specification to your maximum advantage.
  • The exact formula for writing the cover letter for your university job application.
  • What and how to write in each section of your cover letter for maximum impact.
  • How long your cover letter should be.
  • What key questions should the introduction to your cover letter answer.
  • How to write about your research agenda if you don't have any academic publications yet.
  • How to paint a compelling story about your research that will get the selection panel interested.
  • How to explain your teaching philosophy even if you don't have yet a teaching experience.
  • Specific teaching strategies which will immediately signal that you know the subject of higher education teaching.
  • Where to quickly find information on more university teaching strategies.
  • What phrases NOT to use in your cover letter.
  • 10 tips for making your cover letter stand out.
  • How an academic CV is different from a non-academic CV.
  • How to structure your CV the exact way that is expected by the selection panel.
  • How to tailor your CV to the specific job you apply for.
  • What to do if you have applied for research funding in the past but were unsuccessful.
  • 9 tips for making your academic CV stand out.
  • How to complete a university job application form and what to be careful about.

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.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone planning to apply for a university job or other kind of academic job.
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24 Lectures
02:19:24
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Introduction
2 Lectures 14:01

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.

Preview 11:17

In this video, students will learn about the three most common types of university posts.

3 Types of Academic Posts
02:44
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How To Read a University Job Advert
3 Lectures 18:55

In this video, students will learn how to properly read a university job advert.

How to Read an Advert
11:44

In this video, students will learn how to properly read the university job description.

How to Read Job Description
02:27

In this video, students will learn how to properly read the university job person specification.

How to Read Person Specification
04:44
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Writing the Cover Letter for Maximum Impact
11 Lectures 01:06:55

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.

The Cover Letter Formula
07:22

The Cover Letter Formula - Handout
04:51

In this video, students are going to learn what to write in the introduction and conclusion for their cover letter.

What to Write in the Introduction and Conclusion
04:59

What to Write in the Introduction and Conclusion - Handout
03:00

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.

What and How to Write in the ‘Research’ Section
10:53

What and How to Write in the ‘Research’ Section - Handout
06:25

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.

What and How to Write in the ‘Education’ Section
09:41

What and How to Write in the ‘Education’ Section - Handout
05:59

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.

What to Write in the ‘Administration’ Section
05:19

What to Write in the ‘Administration’ Section - Handout
03:13

In this video, students will learn some additional tips for making their cover letter stand out.

10 Tips for making Your Cover Letter Stand Out
05:11
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Writing and Tailoring Your Academic CV
6 Lectures 28:59

In this video, students will learn how an academic CV is different from a non-academic CV.

The Specific Nature of an Academic CV
02:43

In this video, students are going to learn about how to properly structure their academic CV.

How to Structure Your CV
07:26

How to Structure Your CV - Handout
03:57

In this video, students are going to learn how to tailor their CV to the specific post they apply for.

Tailoring Your CV to the Job Application
06:10

Tailoring Your CV to the Job Application - Handout
03:52

In this video, students will learn some additional tips for making their academic CV stand out.

9 Tips for Making Your CV Stand Out
04:51
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Completing the Job Application Form
2 Lectures 11:09

In this video, students will learn how to properly complete a university job application form.

How to Complete a Job Application Form
06:48

How to Complete a Job Application Form - Handout
04:21
About the Instructor
Kamil Zwolski, PhD
4.5 Average rating
63 Reviews
2,250 Students
3 Courses
Associate Professor in International Politics, UK

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.