Vacancies: Applications Advisers

Did you know that if you come to get advice on your CVs, applications or covering letters at the Careers Service, you’re likely to talk to one of our excellent Applications Advisers – who are mostly PhD students?

A couple of years ago, we were struggling to meet the increasing demand for applications advice alongside all the other work we do with Schools and Faculties (and writing blogs etc).

However, we knew we often came across fantastic postgrads, some of whom had lots of work experience before taking up their courses or research programmes – and putting two and two together, we created Applications Adviser posts.

These are paid positions, with some regular hours (at busy times) but with extra ad hoc hours also available, so it fits best round postgrads who don’t have lots of regular lectures to attend (which is one reason we target PhDs, mainly).

We do offer training and mentoring to all our advisers, so you don’t have to have been a careers adviser to apply. However, it does really help if you’ve had experience of applying (successfully) for jobs yourself, and have some sort of experience of advice work (though that doesn’t have to have been paid work). Of course, if you’ve had recruitment or careers experience, that’s particularly useful!

You also need to have excellent spoken and written English, but as many of our users are not native English speakers, international postgrads are very welcome to apply. So far, we’ve had excellent applications advisers from the USA, Peru, Greece, Portugal, China (and a couple from the UK as well).

Want to know more? See below for the ad and a link to further details:

Part Time Job Vacancy – Careers Service

CV & Applications Advisers

Are you…..Friendly?            Reliable?        Good with people?

Are you interested in a job where you can develop your skills and help others to do the same?

The University of Manchester Careers Service is looking to recruit a number of CV & Applications Advisers, working as part of a busy careers team to provide advice to students and graduates on their job application techniques.

This role is part-time, initially for the first semester with the possibility of extending into the second semester, with hours varying according to levels of demand from students. Each CV & Applications Adviser will work ideally at least two shifts of two hours per week (morning, lunchtime or afternoon) with any additional hours by agreement. The rate of pay will be £8.40 per hour.

The post would be particularly appropriate for a PhD student or someone who is similarly familiar with the undergraduate career search experience. Before applying we strongly suggest that you book a Quick Query appointment or talk to Sarah Mallen or Emma Al-Hakim about the role and the Quick Query service.

This position is likely to appeal to someone with an interest in developing a career in human resources, recruitment or advice and guidance. Prior employment experience would be an advantage.

Full training will be provided.

Specific activities will include :

After training, providing advice to students and graduates in a one-to-one appointment on…

  • the content and format of their CV and cover letters
  • the details of their application forms, including online forms

Essential Knowledge, Skills and Experience :

  • A clear understanding of, and the ability to identify with, the undergraduate job search experience
  • A strong commitment to excellent customer service
  • High standard of written and spoken communication skills; including listening skills, the ability to relate to the student and show understanding, persuasion and good written presentation
  • The ability to deal effectively with people, requiring tact, courtesy, empathy and patience
  • An excellent command of the English language

Please send your CV with a covering letter explaining your interest and why you would like to be considered for the post. Return to:

Sarah Mallen, Careers & Employability Division, Crawford House, Booth Street East, Manchester, M13 9QS

Or email

Important FAQs:

Closing date for applications: Friday 30th April 2010.

Interviews: 11th/ 14th May 2010.

Training will take place on 9th, 15th & 18th June 2010 and will be paid. You need to be available for all 3 dates.

Further details are here (opens a Word document).

For further informal enquiries, contact: Sarah Mallen on: 0161 275 2828