Job hunting

Preparation

Careers fair

Networking:

"Often your PI doesn't introduce you to contacts. You've got to make your own."
"NETWORK - hate it, but it's essential."
"Do as much networking as possible, throughout your contract."
(Source: University of Reading Researchers Survey, 2009)

Some useful tips on networking can be found at Networking for Postgraduates and Researchers.

Researching opportunities

  • Background reading of material from professional bodies, occupational information, job descriptions, websites of organisations and other "desk research" will improve the quality of your networking conversations
  • Jobhunting tips can be found on the Windmills website
  • Research Gate Jobs Board and professional network for Scientists

Sources of vacancies outside academia

"I saw a post advertised that was really interesting but I knew I lacked one of the essential criteria listed in the person specification. I phoned the contact name given in the job details to discuss this. I was encouraged to apply anyway. I got the job."
(Quote from a University of Reading researcher moving location to Scotland)

Sources of vacancies and funding within academia

Things to do now

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    Reading RG6 6UA
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