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Job search & the selection process resources

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Application forms

Subject & title Location & notes
After you graduate: finding and getting work you will enjoy Skills shelves
Application, CV and cover letter guide (Careers Service publication)
PDF file - 478kb (campus only)
Assessment survival guide: steps to success: tips on preparing, practising and performing effectively
at a graduate and industrial placement assessment centre
Skills file 5a: assessment centres
Brilliant job hunting: your complete guide to getting the job you want Skills shelves
Career planning for research bioscientists Skills shelves;
Library - one 7 day loan copy (donated by Careers Service);
See also companion website
wiley.com
Don't finish your career before it starts
https://www.cifas.org.uk/secure/contentPORT/uploads/documents/External%20-%20Graduate%20employment%20fraud%20FINAL(1).pdf
Advice from CIFAS (the UK's fraud provention service) on the possible consequences of lying on a job application.
Dude, where's my career? The guide for baffled graduates Skills shelves
Employer and job role research (Careers Service publication) PDF file - 27 kb
Skills file 1: application forms;
Skills file 3: interviews
Finding work: a job searching and work preparation handbook for employment professionals and people with autism, including Asperger syndrome Equality & diversity shelves
Graduate jobs formula: how to land your dream career Skills shelves
How to analyse and promote your skills for work Skills shelves;
Two loan copies available
Managing your placement: a skills-based approach Work experience shelves
Moving on in your career: a guide for academic researchers and postgraduates Skills shelves;
Library - two 7 day loan copies
Next steps: options after a bioscience degree
https://www.rsb.org.uk/images/Next_Steps_Booklet_v2.pdf
Online PDF leaflet prepared by the Royal Society of Biology. Covers job seeking strategies, work experience, importance of skills, postgraduate study opportunities, making applications and interviews.
Top tips for surviving the graduate recruitment process (RBS) Skills file 5a: assessment centres
TARGETjobs: skills and competencies for graduates
http://targetjobs.co.uk/careers-advice/skills-and-competencies
Information on which competencies employers expect and how you can demonstrate them at application and interview.
University of Bath careers guide Skills file 10: career choice and development;
Digital version available (Bath only)

Aptitude tests

Subject & title Location & notes
A numeracy refresher Skills shelves;
Also downloadable from mathcentre.ac.uk
Berger aptitude for programming test
http://www.psy-test.com/Baptd.html
Information about this computer programming aptitude test. Provided by Psychometrics UK, the test's publisher.
CEB (formally SHL)
https://www.cebglobal.com/shldirect/en-us/practice-tests
A publisher of aptitude test materials. Candidate-focused site contains a wide range of free example questions:
  • verbal, numerical, inductive, situational judgement, personality and motivation
  • full-length practice tests also free, available in different languages, with feedback of results
  • assessment advice.
Countdown to mathematics: volume 1 Skills shelves;
Library - two 7 day loan copies and one short loan copy
Cubiks online assessment information and practice site
http://practicetests.cubiks.com
Includes information on why employers use online tests and how the tests work, and has free numerical and verbal practice tests. The practice tests are short but do give the answers as you go through.
Critical thinking test (Watson Glaser, Linklaters)
http://www.linklatersgraduates.co.uk/application-process/critical-thinking-test
Practise the Watson-Glaser critical thinking test which tests a skill essential in the legal profession.
Critical thinking test - Watson Glaser (Hogan Lovells)
http://graduates.hoganlovells.com/apply_now/critical_thinking_test/
Practise the Watson-Glaser critical thinking test which tests a skill essential in the legal profession.
E-Z business math Skills shelves
European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO)
http://www.eu-careers.eu
Sample tests used by EU Institutions for the selection of personnel, including the usual aptitude tests but also sample e-tray exercises.
GMAT advanced Skills shelves
GAMT and GRE
http://www.fulbright.org.uk/study-in-the-usa/postgraduate-study/admissions-tests
Information from the Fulbright Commission
GMAT review: official guide for GMAT review Skills shelves
GMAT website: mba.com
http://www.mba.com
Official GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test) website, a test used by American and some European universities for entry to postgraduate business and management courses.
Graduates First practice psychometric test software - register using your University of Bath email address (current students) or your @bath.edu email address (University of Bath graduates)
  • Verbal, numerical and logical reasoning tests - seven tests for each of these
  • Personality and situational judgement questionnaires
  • Assessment centre exercises (including e-tray)
  • A very comprehensive package including detailed reports, explanation of incorrect answers and video tutorials.
GraduateWings
http://www.graduatewings.co.uk
Section on free tests including numerical, verbal and logical reasoning. Good questions and the answers are clearly explained. Caution - ignore the percentiles in your results as these could be misleadingly positive as people can take the test as many times as they like to get all the questions right.
How to pass advanced numeracy tests Skills shelves;
Loan copy available;
Library - two short loan copies
How to pass advanced verbal reasoning tests Skills shelves;
Loan copy available
How to pass diagrammatic reasoning tests Skills shelves
How to pass graduate psychometric tests Skills shelves
How to pass numeracy tests Skills shelves;
Library - two short loan copies
How to pass professional level psychometric tests Skills shelves;
Loan copy available
Library - two short loan copies
How to pass the civil service qualifying tests Skills shelves
How to pass verbal reasoning tests Skills shelves;
Library - two short loan copies
How to study for the GMAT
http://www.discoverbusiness.us/education/online-mba/resources/gmat/
Study tips and some example questions.
How to study for the GRE
http://www.discoverbusiness.us/education/online-mba/resources/gre/
Study tips and some example questions.
Jobtestprep.co.uk
https://www.jobtestprep.co.uk/freeaptitude.aspx
Free numerical, verbal and inductive reasoning tests. Also a free Situational Judgement Test, but bear in mind that not all employers may agree with the best answers given here.
MASH (Mathematics and Statistics Help)
http://www.bath.ac.uk/study/mash/
Mathematics resources centre available to all students at the University of Bath. Useful for those wishing to brush up on maths skills prior to a numerical test.
Nigel Coldwell: a collection of quant riddles with answers
http://puzzles.nigelcoldwell.co.uk/
Over 50 quant riddles with answers.
Numerical tests (3) (eFinancialCareers.com) Skills file 4: aptitude tests
Official guide to the GRE revised General Test Skills shelves
practiceaptitudetests.com: universities psychometric test resource
http://www.practiceaptitudetests.com/psychometric-test
Free numerical, verbal and diagrammatic reasoning tests and numerical reasoning video tutorials, covering common calculations.
Practice leaflet: Preparing for your PWC assessment Skills file 4: Aptitude tests sample questions
Psychological Testing Centre
http://www.psychtesting.org.uk
A British Psychological Society managed site. Includes guidelines and information for test takers.
Psychometric success
http://www.psychometric-success.com
Some free practice tests: numerical, verbal, abstract, spatial and mechanical reasoning tests.
Saville Consulting: preparation guides and advice
http://www.savilleconsulting.com/products/
aptitude_preparationguides.aspx
Preparation guides and practice questions for verbal, numerical, diagrammatic, abstract and technical tests.
Success! Passing the professional skills tests for teachers With occupational files A
TalentLens: practice aptitude
http://www.talentlens.co.uk/practice-aptitude
Free numerical and critical thinking sample tests.
Please note that results will only show the the number you attempted and the number you got right, not how good that score is in comparison to others, or the correct answers.
Teaching professional skills tests
https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/how-to-apply/passing-the-skills-tests
Information and guidance on the professional skills tests for trainee teachers in literacy and numeracy, including links to online practice tests.
Team Focus software for verbal, numerical and abstract reasoning tests and personality assessments (Bath only) Practise reasoning tests and assessments designed to establish learning style, personality type and values determining motivation at work. Software available to Bath students and graduates.
Understanding maths: basic mathematics explained Skills shelves
University of Kent: how to pass graduate aptitude tests
http://www.kent.ac.uk/careers/psychotests.htm
Lots of guidance and information on psychometric tests including example questions.

Assessment centres

Subject & title Location & notes
After you graduate: finding and getting work you will enjoy Skills shelves
Assessment survival guide: steps to success: tips on preparing, practising and performing effectively
at a graduate and industrial placement assessment centre
Skills file 5a: assessment centres
At the assessment centre Streamed video online (campus only).
Brilliant job hunting: your complete guide to getting the job you want Skills shelves
CareerPlayer
http://www.careerplayer.com
Careers video library containing information on industries, job roles, employers and tips and advice on career choice, job search and selection topics.
Graduate jobs formula: how to land your dream career Skills shelves
Graduates First practice psychometric test software - register using your University of Bath email address (current students) or your @bath.edu email address (University of Bath graduates)
  • Verbal, numerical and logical reasoning tests - seven tests for each of these
  • Personality and situational judgement questionnaires
  • Assessment centre exercises (including e-tray)
  • A very comprehensive package including detailed reports, explanation of incorrect answers and video tutorials.
How to succeed at an assessment centre Skills shelves
Interviews and assessment centres guide (Careers Service publication) PDF file - 414 kb

Handout available
Selection success in one
Assessment centre video
Streamed video online (campus only)
TARGETjobs: assessment centres
http://targetjobs.co.uk/careers-advice/assessment-centres
Includes advice on:
  • In-tray exercises
  • Presentations
  • Case studies
  • Group exercises.
Top tips for surviving the graduate recruitment process (RBS) Skills file 5a: assessment centres
University of Bath careers guide Skills file 10: career choice and development;
Digital version available (Bath only)

CVs and covering letters

Subject & title Location & notes
After you graduate: finding and getting work you will enjoy Skills shelves
Application, CV and cover letter guide (Careers Service publication) Handout available;
Skills file 1: application forms;
Skills file 2: CVs and covering letters;
Library - three 28 day loan copies and one short loan copy;
PDF file 462 kb (campus only)
An academic career: CVs
http://www.academiccareer.manchester.ac.uk/applications/cvs/
Includes a downloadable guide CVs for research students.
Brilliant job hunting: your complete guide to getting the job you want Skills shelves
Career basics: advice and resources for scientists from Science Careers Occupational files V1
Career change handbook : how to find out what you're good at and what you enjoy - then get someone to pay you for it Skills shelves;
Library - one 7 day loan copy (donated by Careers Service)
Career planning for research bioscientists Skills shelves;
Library - one 7 day loan copy (donated by Careers Service);
See also companion website
http://www.wiley.com/go/blackford/careerplanning.
CareerPlayer
http://www.careerplayer.com
Careers video library containing information on industries, job roles, employers and tips and advice on career choice, job search and selection topics.
Creative CV guide Skills shelves
Dude, where's my career? The guide for baffled graduates Skills shelves
Finding work: a job searching and work preparation handbook for employment professionals and people with autism, including Asperger syndrome Equality & diversity shelves
Get the job you want: 10 secrets to a successful job search Skills shelves
Global resume and CV guide Skills shelves;
Library - three 7 day loan copies
Graduate jobs formula: how to land your dream career Skills shelves
How to analyse and promote your skills for work Skills shelves;
Two loan copies available
Journey to work: from a degree to a graduate job Includes seven student journey case studies and seven employability guides videos.
Streamed video online (campus only)
Managing your placement: a skills-based approach Work experience shelves
Moving on in your career: a guide for academic researchers and postgraduates Skills shelves;
Library - two 7 day loan copies
Next steps: options after a bioscience degree
https://www.rsb.org.uk/images/Next_Steps_Booklet_v2.pdf
Online PDF leaflet prepared by the Royal Society of Biology. Covers job seeking strategies, work experience, importance of skills, postgraduate study opportunities, making applications and interviews.
Physicist's guide to writing a CV Skills File 2: CVs and Covering Letters;
Useful for students from any discipline
So what are you going to do with that? Finding careers outside academia Skills shelves;
Library - loan copy available
Take charge!: focused and inspirational advice for career changers Skills shelves
UK National Europass Centre
http://www.uknec.org.uk
Europass is a collection of five documents, including a CV, that records your qualifications and skills in an understandable manner so that you can change jobs and move around Europe more easily.
University of Bath careers guide Skills file 10: career choice and development;
Digital version available (Bath only)
Vitae
http://www.vitae.ac.uk
Career development website for researchers. Includes advice on presenting your research in job applications and writing academic CVs.

Interviews

Subject & title Location & notes
acethecase.com
http://www.acethecase.com
Includes a few free sample management consulting case interview questions.
After you graduate: finding and getting work you will enjoy Skills shelves
Assessment survival guide: steps to success: tips on preparing, practising and performing effectively at a graduate and industrial placement assessment centre Skills file 5a: assessment centres
Brilliant answers to tough interview questions Skills shelves
Brilliant job hunting: your complete guide to getting the job you want Skills shelves
Career change handbook : how to find out what you're good at and what you enjoy - then get someone to pay you for it Skills shelves;
Library - one 7 day loan copy (donated by Careers Service)
Career planning for research bioscientists Skills shelves;
Library - one 7 day loan copy (donated by Careers Service);
See also companion website
wiley.com
CareerPlayer
http://www.careerplayer.com
Careers video library containing information on industries, job roles, employers and tips and advice on career choice, job search and selection topics.
Case interview secrets Skills shelves
Case studies (various employers) Skills file 6: case studies & business games;
Various case studies and business games from employers including BP, Marakon Associates, PwC, Shell and others. All are several years old so caution is advised, but useful for practising and exploring strategies for approaching case interviews.
Dude, where's my career? The guide for baffled graduates Skills shelves
Employer and job role research (Careers Service publication) PDF file - 27 kb
Skills file 1: application forms;
Skills file 3: interviews
Finding work: a job searching and work preparation handbook for employment professionals and people with autism, including Asperger syndrome Equality & diversity shelves
First impressions count
http://ltss.beds.ac.uk/careers/first_impressions/
Short video from the University of Bedfordshire about interviews which focuses on making a good impression when you walk in the room.  It explains how to create an appropriate professional image for yourself through appropriate dress, handshake and voice.
Get the job you want: 10 secrets to a successful job search Skills shelves
Glassdoor
http://www.glassdoor.co.uk
Company reviews, interview reviews and salary data, submitted by employees and interview candidates.
Graduate jobs formula: how to land your dream career Skills shelves
Great answers to tough interview questions Skills shelves
How to get a job you'll love Skills shelves
How to look good on a webcam
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=FMex-9FyljU
Useful advice if you have a Skype interview to prepare for.
How to succeed at interviews Skills shelves
InterviewStream practice video interview software - current students register using University of Bath email address for free registration Choose from 7000 questions to create your own interview or choose from a selection of pre-made interviews. Record and watch back interviews to help you prepare.
Interviews and assessment centres guide (Careers Service publication) PDF file - 414 kb

Handout available
Job interviews by Skype
http://www.jobs.ac.uk/careers-advice/interview-tips
/1252/job-interviews-by-skype/
Some useful advice on being interviewed via Skype.
LSECareers: interviews videos
http://www.youtube.com/user/LSECareers
Short YouTube videos containing advice from employers on topics such as commercial awareness, motivational and competency questions and telephone interviews.
Making an impact: the graduate job interview Streamed video online (campus only);
Managing your placement: a skills-based approach Work experience shelves
McKinsey&Company: interview tips
http://www.mckinsey.com/careers/interviewing
Includes two online practice case studies.
Moving on in your career: a guide for academic researchers and postgraduates Skills shelves;
Library - two 7 day loan copies
Next steps: options after a bioscience degree
https://www.rsb.org.uk/images/Next_Steps_Booklet_v2.pdf
Online PDF leaflet prepared by the Royal Society of Biology. Covers job seeking strategies, work experience, importance of skills, postgraduate study opportunities, making applications and interviews.
PORT: videos
http://port.igrs.sas.ac.uk/videos
Videos offering advice and guidance to research students approaching their PhD viva or preparing for post-doctoral job interviews in academia and beyond.
PrepLounge
http://www.preplounge.com
Contains useful free resources for preparing for case study interviews.
PwC Interview e-learn: Watch, listen and learn
http://elearn.pwc.co.uk/interview/
Listen to audio recordings and watch videos of candidates answering interview questions and hear feedback on their responses from professionals.
Skype interviews: Is it more tricky to be grilled by video?
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-21334710
Interesting article with some tips.
So what are you going to do with that? Finding careers outside academia Skills shelves;
Library - loan copy available
Take charge!: focused and inspirational advice for career changers Skills shelves
Top tips for surviving the graduate recruitment process (RBS) Skills file 5a: assessment centres
TARGETjobs: skills and competencies for graduates
http://targetjobs.co.uk/careers-advice/skills-and-competencies
Information on which competencies employers expect and how you can demonstrate them at application and interview.
University of Bath careers guide Skills file 10: career choice and development;
Digital version available (Bath only)
Vault case interview practice guide Skills shelves
Vault guide to finance interviews With occupational files J
Vault guide to the case interview Skills shelves;
Loan copy available

Job offers and contracts

Subject & title Location & notes
Brilliant job hunting: your complete guide to getting the job you want Skills shelves
How to avoid job fraud (Careers Service publication) PDF file - 33 KB
Job offers and contracts (Careers Service publication) PDF file - 74 kb
Skills file 9: job search

Job search

Subject & title Location & notes
Academic job search handbook Skills shelves
After you graduate: finding and getting work you will enjoy Skills shelves
Brilliant job hunting: your complete guide to getting the job you want Skills shelves
Career basics: advice and resources for scientists from Science Careers Occupational files V1
Career change handbook : how to find out what you're good at and what you enjoy - then get someone to pay you for it Skills shelves;
Library - one 7 day loan copy (donated by Careers Service)
Career networking: networking for career and job success Skills shelves
Career trends: building relationships: mentoring, collaborating and networking Skills file 10: career choice and development;
Available to download at www.sciencecareers.org/booklets.
Career trends: the informed job search Available to download at www.sciencecareers.org/booklets.
CareerPlayer
http://www.careerplayer.com
Careers video library containing information on industries, job roles, employers and tips and advice on career choice, job search and selection topics.
Confident networking: for career success and satisfaction Skills shelves
Digital literacy Webpage explaining what digital literacy is and how it is relevant to your career planning.
Dude, where's my career? The guide for baffled graduates Skills shelves
Finding a graduate job (Careers Service publication) PDF file - 343 kb (campus only)

Skills file 9: job search
Handout available
Finding work: a job searching and work preparation handbook for employment professionals and people with autism, including Asperger syndrome Equality & diversity shelves
Get the job you want: 10 secrets to a successful job search Skills shelves
Great answers to tough interview questions Skills shelves
How to find a job
Skills file 9: job search;
See also http://www.prospects.ac.uk/how_to_find_a_job.htm
How to get a job you'll love Skills shelves
Job hunting in China for Chinese students (Careers Service publication) PDF file - 74 kb
Job hunting on Twitter: Social media tips
https://www.theguardian.com/careers/careers-blog/twitter-job-hunting-social-media
Guardian Careers article on using Twitter and online tools to find jobs and improve your online profile.
LinkedIn groups - getting started Instructions from LinkedIn on using groups, which are useful for networking and job role research.
Managing your placement: a skills-based approach Work experience shelves
Next steps: options after a bioscience degree
https://www.rsb.org.uk/images/Next_Steps_Booklet_v2.pdf
Online PDF leaflet prepared by the Royal Society of Biology. Covers job seeking strategies, work experience, importance of skills, postgraduate study opportunities, making applications and interviews.
Preparing for the careers fair (Careers Service publication) PDF file - 42 kb
Prospects Student Career Guide http://www.prospects.ac.uk/careerguide Employer shelves; work experience shelves. Contains a section on job hunting.
Rebuilding your life after redundancy: the new life network handbook Skills shelves
Research student's guide to success Library - two 7 day loan copies of 3rd ed
So what are you going to do with that? Finding careers outside academia Skills shelves;
Library - loan copy available
Take charge!: focused and inspirational advice for career changers Skills shelves
ThisIsMe University of Reading's website on managing online reputation
UK job search and recruitment: a guide for international students (Careers Service publication) PDF file - 81 kb
University of Leeds YouTube videos on using LinkedIn: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLUL_viKVCUyDNsOQExaFwXovXkx3izBUn A series of videos from Leeds Careers Centre on making the most out of LinkedIn, including researching careers, networking, commercial awareness and finding jobs.
Using social media YouTube video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_eWIvdxBGKs&list=FLKAtcFM48gwRtWIA08nwp_g
University of Oxford careers service video on using a range of social media tools including WordPress, Blogger, YouTube, LinkedIn, Twitter and Skype for networking and job research.
Using Twitter for job search and networking
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yXgcQ_sZvU&feature=related
YouTube video on utilising Twitter for job search and networking.
You're hired! Job hunting online Skills shelves