Postdoc-Workshop "Training for Job Applications and Interviews Outside Academia"

Career Center Workshop

  • new starting time 14:00 - 16:00
  • Start: Feb 24, 2021 02:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
  • End: Mar 24, 2021 04:00 PM
  • Speaker: Dr. Ulrike Schneeberg
  • Location: online
  • Room: Zoom Meeting
  • Host: Career Center
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10h (split into 5 sessions of 2h each): how to write excellent CVs/resumes and cover letters for jobs outside academia; how to match and “translate” academic and research skills with the requirements of the desired job field; how to prepare for job interviews; different types of interviews and interview questions; STAR-method; mock interview situations. A one-on-one feedback on each participant’s CV by the trainer can be booked in addition.


5 sessions (Wednesday, 14:00-16:00)

First session 24.02.2021
• Participants get to know each other
• Addressing participants’ expectations
• Exploring potential industries to work in
• Introducing the Target Job Deconstruction
• Homework: Target Job Deconstruction for a job field that the participant is interested in

Second session 03.03.2021
• Evaluating first results of Target Job Deconstruction
• How would you as HR decide? Evaluating (Real-life) example CVs
• Extracting Do’s and Don’ts in CV-writing

• CV clinic: In small groups, participants give each other feedback on their own CVs
• Homework: Adapt your CV to your Target Job Deconstruction

Third session 10.03.2021
• Examining 3 example cover letters and weighing different aspects
• Factors for successful job applications
• Using social media for professional networking
• Homework: Prepare a 2 minute self-presentation

Fourth Session 17.03.2021
• the interview process and types of questions – with focus on virtual job interviews
• practicing self-presentation in small groups
• introducing the STAR-method
• Homework: prepare 3 questions with answers using the STAR-method

Fifth Session 24.03.2021
• practicing interview situations
• salary negotiations

In addition to these sessions, the trainer can be booked for individual appointments for 30 or 60 minute slots of one-on-one coaching on each participant’s CV.

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