Beat the Fall Rush: Summer 2016 Updates

Hi everyone!  Today is a brief interruption in our usual editorial policy (devoted, as you know, to alternately despairing and enraged commentary on the total downfall of US academe), to share some scheduling info to help you plan ahead.  Including a webinar next Thursday, on Hacking the Academic Job Market (see below).

This summer, for the first time, we are STAYING OPEN all summer (albeit with limited hours) to better meet the demand for job application help, as well as grant-writing, book proposals, post-academic transition help, productivity coaching, and everything else we offer.  We are already scheduling into July with much of August already filled (late June still has openings).  Please don’t delay if you’re hoping to work with us for the Fall 2016 job market or grants.

FYI: what happens every year is, people wait until August to get in touch, at which point we are scheduling in November, and then people have to pay a rush fee to get one of the few rush slots available that will allow them to meet their September or October deadlines.  Don’t let that be you!  Read about what we offer here.  And email me at

If the cost of individual document editing is a bit beyond your budget, never fear, you can always do our Art of the Cover Letter.   AOCL is a 10-module, self-guided course, all-online, available anytime 24/7, that walks you step by step through the planning, info-gathering, writing, and editing of your academic job cover letter. The Art of the Cover Letter includes new posts and worksheets that teach you how to a) grasp and frame your record for the purposes of job market competition; b) collect all pertinent material in one place and hone it down to cover letter appropriate language; c) refine and edit the complete cover letter to avoid pitfalls like excessive humility, desperation, bragging, emotionalism, self-sabotage, etc.  And at each step it includes short videos by me, that keep you focused on the big picture principles at work.

We’re developing more “Art of”s this summer, for the CV, the TS, the RS, and Interviewing. Stay tuned for those!

Kellee Weinhold continues to do her Unstuck productivity coaching.  While most of the sessions for this summer are filled and have already started, she’s open to launching one more, so get in touch if you’re interested!

Remember that you can always work with our tremendous Out-Ac team!  They are fierce, funny, compassionate, and skilled.  They’ll talk you through the fears and anxieties of a transition out of the academy, and then guide you through the resumes and cover letters and interview skills you need to get the next job. And the initial 20 minute consult is always free, no strings attached.

Finally, next Thursday 6/9 at 6 PM EST I’m giving the only Summer date of Hacking the Academic Job Market, which is the webinar version of the talk that I gave to audiences across the UK and Europe this past month. And because it’s summer, I’m doing a discount.  Use the code Webinar15 for 15% off. ($42.50 instead of $50).  It breaks down the big picture of the current US job market, the elements of a competitive record, the ethos of effective job applications, and the most common pitfalls in interviewing.  Don’t go into the market unprepared!  Hope to see you there!

OK, that’s it. I promise to be back to my usual doom and gloom next week!

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About Karen Kelsky

I am a former tenured professor at two institutions--University of Oregon and University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. I have trained numerous Ph.D. students, now gainfully employed in academia, and handled a number of successful tenure cases as Department Head. I've created this business, The Professor Is In, to guide graduate students and junior faculty through grad school, the job search, and tenure. I am the advisor they should already have, but probably don't.


Beat the Fall Rush: Summer 2016 Updates — 1 Comment

  1. Dear Dr. Karen,

    I’m a junior in college and I’m thinking of going to graduate school. I am also thinking beyond graduate school. Imagine my relief when I stumbled on this website. I’m very grateful that this site is here as a very useful resource.

    Thank you very much.

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