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Workshop: CV’s, Cover Letters & Mock Interviews

October 18, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Two Sessions

Humanities and Social Sciences:

When: 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Where: Gordon Hall 302


When: 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Where: Jeffery Hall 101

Host Presenters: SGS and faculty

This workshop is in two parts:  CV’s and Cover Letters followed by Mock Interviews.  There will also be two sessions, one for Humanities & Social Sciences the other for STEM and Health Sciences

Did you know that the terms “résumé” and “CV” are often used interchangeably, but are not the same thing? These next two workshops (CVs and Cover Letters: Academic Positions and Résumés and Cover Letters: Positions in Sectors Outside Post-secondary Education) will help you understand the difference and learn to produce effective CVs and résumés, as well as provide strategies for writing successful cover letters for positions within and beyond academia.

Learn the purpose and components of a CV, effective ways of presenting and organizing information about your educational, employment, and community service achievements, and strategies for writing informative, engaging, and persuasive cover letters for academic positions. To get the most out of the workshop, please bring your draft CV to work on, as well as a particular job ad you would consider applying for. In the workshop, you will have an opportunity to customize your CV and cover letter for this particular position as well as learn general strategies that can help your application stand out.

Learn how interviewing in academia is similar to and different from other job interviews. Practice a strategy for dealing with behaviour-based interview questions and staying focused when talking about your past experiences. Identify key messages about yourself that you want to convey during an often multi-day interview. Get tips on how to: prepare for the interview, develop a list of questions that reflect your interest in the position and the organization, stand out from other candidates, and demonstrate the strengths that you bring to the position.

This workshop also provides students with the opportunity to observe academic interviews in action as several graduate students and post-doctoral fellows who are on the job market will be interviewed for 15 minutes by faculty members acting as the hiring committee (provided with students’ CVs and cover letters in advance). Workshop facilitators will then evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of each candidate’s interview in discussion with workshop attendees. Attendees will gain valuable insight into the interview process and leave with practical tips and strategies for effective performance in an academic interview.

This is not an SGPS event. This event is being run by Queen’s School of Graduate Studies.


October 18, 2018
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Event Category:


School of Graduate Studies