Grad Student Grandiosity

Grad students tend to veer between two extremes: I know nothing and I know everything.  The latter position is an over-compensatory response to fear of the former. As you gain experience you find a middle ground of calm confidence. However, … Continue reading

List Addiction, Cont’d: The Dyad

List addiction is an epidemic among academic writers. I have a blog post about the subject (which I knew nothing about prior to my work in TPII), and I refer at least 50% of clients to that blog post at … Continue reading

Banish These Words

Do not use the words “unique” or “burgeoning” in any of your job documents. They are painfully overused. The first is just trite. The second is over-dramatic.   That is all. … Continue reading

Is Your Writing Better Than Waffles?

Dr. Karen is on vacation in Italy the month of July, 2012.  She is re-posting older posts during that time; she’ll resume new posts some time in August. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Last week, I was working on a client’s materials. We were … Continue reading

How Do You Make a “Short” CV?

Today’s post is a simple one, responding to many queries:  How do you make a “short CV”? A short, or two-page, CV is often required for grant applications and the like.  The point here is to sketch the main highlights … Continue reading

The Foolproof Grant Template–Where Did It Come From?

The fellowship season is upon us, and I’m working with clients on all sorts of grants and fellowships. As part of that process I’m spending a lot of time talking people through the Dr. Karen Foolproof Grant Template. I won’t … Continue reading