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GAUSS Career Workshop: “From a Successful Job Application to the Job Interview” (online on May 15, 2020)

We are happy to announce our next GAUSS Career Workshop ” From a Successful Job Application to the Job Interview” by Barbara Hoffbauer. This workshop is intended for those postdocs and late stage-PhD students who are already informed about various professional perspectives outside academia and have reflected their own suitability for different career paths.

  • Date: Friday, May 15, 2020
  • Duration: 1 day, (09:00h-17:00h)
  • The workshop will be taking place online.
  • Trainer: Barbara Hoffbauer

Registration: Please register here and send an e-mail to including a short statement on your motivation to attend the workshop.

Workshop Description: The first part of this workshop focuses on the application documents. In exercises the participants will reflect their individual achievements so far and learn how to convincingly present them in the CV as center-piece of every application. Analysing real job ads the participants will practise how to write cover letters that create the desire to meet the author. They will get advice on how their determination for a specific career path can be reflected in CV and cover letter and what other application documents to include considering differences between jobs in science and industry.
The focus of the second part lies on job interviews and covers questions such as how to react upon the invitation, how to prepare for the interview, the interview itself and how to deal with it afterwards. After preparatory exercises the participants will practise giving examples of skills and abilities. They will be primed for specific situations when confronted with awkward questions or unexpected challenges and practise these in training sequences.
This Online-Live-Workshop is highly interactive and combines various methods such as online presentations, video discussions and group exercises in the plenum and in break-out groups as well as individual offline exercises. In preparation of the workshop, the participants will receive assignments that can be edited on screen or printed prior to the workshop.