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CHEM8036 Interview and CV Skills (3rd Year)

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

A workshop designed to develop a basic competence and confidence in applying for jobs (covering letter and CV) and performing well in an interview.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • How to analyse job advertisements and anticipate what a particular employer wants to see in a successful applicant.
  • How to write a covering letter that "sells" your CV.
  • How to design a CV that will survive the 60 second rejection process and demonstrate that you satisfy the requirements.
  • Prepare for and perform well in an interview.


Various topics will be covered including: • Considering your interests, your skills and available opportunities when searching for jobs • Analysing job advertisements ? what has been said and what has been left unsaid? • The four things that must be in a covering letter if it is to sell your CV • Preparing a CV ? your two page case for why they should hire you. What to put in and what to leave out. • Interviews ? preparation and techniques for improving how you come across

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Individual and team-based exercises and problems, discussion, peer assessment

Independent Study65
Total study time75


Assessment Strategy

Exercises, peer and tutor feedback Attendance at all sessions


MethodPercentage contribution
Attendance at all sessions %
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