Careers Network

Job Application Help & Advice                     

Careers Network has the resources to help you make your way successfully through application and selection processes, whether for opportunities such as jobs and work experience, or applying for on-campus research projects or further study. 

Follow the links below for our quick 'need to know' information on some of the key topics, see our Apply Yourself Canvas course  or take part in Apply Yourself workshops.

Online application forms are an increasingly common feature of the recruitment landscape. This section provides a first look at why they are used, common types of questions and some strategies for answering these.

Popular with employers large and small assessment centres can be daunting if you don’t know what to expect. We provide
an overview on likely areas to be assessed, how, and some top tips on how to prepare.

CVs and cover letters can often be the first contact a potential employer or supervisor has of you. We start you off here with the basics. Why do employers use them, what to include and a host of useful links. 

Interviews are a great opportunity to showcase your skills and enthusiasm but it is important to be prepared. Information here introduces some preparation techniques, the different types of interviews you might be invited to and some of our top tips on answering typical interview questions. Book a mock interview here.

You can also practice your interview skills online using Interview Stream.

Psychometric testing is a popular method of assessment used by employers to gauge the suitability of potential job candidates. Visit the link above for a full definition and some information on where they are used and what to expect as well as links to some of our resources - enrol on the course

We run a number of interactive workshops on the topics above throughout the term to help you apply yourself to securing the opportunities you want - find out more about apply yourself workshops.

 See our Quick Guides you can complete yourself:


Quick guide to a great CV


Book to see an adviser, book a mock interview or browse Student Help pages.

Making Career Choices

Personal Skills Award (PSA)

The PSA is the University's exclusive employability programme; it can help you develop, recognise and articulate your professional skills effectively.

Work Experience, Internships & Mentoring

For internships, work experience and funding opportunities at University of Birmingham, please visit our internships website, which also contains a information on Mentoring. You can also search vacancies on Careers Connect.


Employers want graduates who are more enterprising. This does not necessarily mean people starting-up in business - it means people who are innovative, show initiative and make things happen. We’ve marked events and courses that help you develop these skills with a “B-Enterprising” logo – so look out for it.




Information for Employers

Visit our dedicated employers pages which contain information on a range of services we offer to support your recruitment needs, such as:

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