Cambridge University Skills Portal


Cambridge University Skills Portal

Career Directions: Taking Action

Taking Action: Making Applications

Putting together a CV and Cover Letter for a job application can seem like a daunting task, but the Careers Service is here to provide you with as much support as possible.

First, get hold of your copy of CVs and Cover Letters for Higher Degree Graduates

  • Written by the staff of the Careers Service and targeted at those with experience beyond a PhD going on to both academic and non-academic careers.
  • Taking you from first steps to final polish, and packed full of examples, this publication is FREE to all Cambridge postdocs. Pop in to Stuart House to pick up your copy, or find out more here.

You might want to attend a CV workshop. These run throughout the year for postdocs in the Schools of Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Technology, looking at how best to sell your research experience and target CVs and cover letters for academic, non-academic and non-research positions.

You can also attend some of the CV sessions run by the Careers Service for more general audiences. These are often led by employers, tend to be job sector-specific and are open to all postdocs.

To find out when workshops are running, visit the Careers Service website.

Taking Action: Got An Interview?

We can also help you prepare for interviews. All Careers Advisers offer practice interview sessions – to book a slot, refer to the talking to a careers adviser page. Some employers also run skills sessions dealing with interviews for specific sectors – check the diary to find out when these are running and book online.

At the Careers Service, you will also find a range of information and other resources to support your interview preparation, including: