Fifth Training Session: Job-Searching Skills
The Inspire4Nature training sessions are cross-project opportunities to learn about key concepts related to the science-policy interface in biodiversity conservation, to develop new skills and for establishing collaborations between the fellows. The fifth training session took place remotely.
Ana Rodrigues, Elise Belle, Matt Jones (WCMC Head of Programme : Business & Biodiversity)
|Theory: Course||Practice: academic CV & cover letter||Practice: non-academic CV & cover letter||Practice : job interviews|
- Improve fellows’ skills on how to search for job offers, interpret them, and then apply to them successfully (CV, cover letter and interview)
Module structure and timeline
- Course [3h30] – Tuesday 1st June 2021
Job offers discussed in the course here.
Presentation slides here.
Video here (it has a 3 min gap at some point where I forgot to re-start recording after a pause, sorry)
- Preparing a CV and a cover letter. Each fellow looked for an interesting job offer – academic, or non-academic, or one of each – and prepared a CV and cover letter as if applying to it. Ana reviewed the academic applications, Matt and Elise the non-academic ones, providing individual feedback to the fellows.
- Preparing for job interviews. Fellows trained for job interviews by taking three different roles: candidates, members of the selection committee (in the applications of three other fellows), and observers (in the applications of two other fellows). As candidates, each fellow selected one of three job offers and prepared a mock application (CV and cover letter) for it. As members of the selection committee, they reviewed the applications ahead, and then undertook the interviews in one of three positions - as a superior, as a technical colleague, and as Human Resources representative, and finally gave feedback to the applicants. Observers reviewed the applications, observed the interviews, and gave feedback to the candidates and to the interview panel. The interviews took place on the 6-7 July, remotely (programme here).