How to Turn Your Teaching Duds into Memorable Statements

Sharing another post in our new semi-regular series, “Missives from the Editing Trenches” written by long-time TPII editors. They are the real MVPs, working in the trenches to catch you in all your job document pitfalls — from the self-deprecating … Continue reading

Trailer Park Professor: On R1 Success and Learning to Value Yourself (A Guest Post)

I got the chance to meet a client-turned-R1 assistant professor at the AAA meetings, and I asked her what she found most helpful about the work with me.  She took the time to write it out. This is what she … Continue reading

Your Academic Cover Letter: Don’t Fall into the Cliché Trap About Teaching!

By TPII editor extraordinaire, Verena Hutter ~This is a continuation of our 2017 series on the Academic Cover Letter. Verena is walking us through the paragraphs of the cover letter.  Scroll back through the blog over the past 10 weeks … Continue reading

The UK Job Market, Part III: “I Beg Your Pardon, But May I Have This Job?” (The Winning Cover Letter)

By Alice Kelly, Ph.D. Alice Kelly is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Oxford. She completed her PhD in English at Cambridge in 2014, with a year as a Fox Fellow at Yale, and before that she studied … Continue reading

Your Academic Cover Letter – The Second Project Paragraph

By TPII editor extraordinaire, Verena Hutter ~This is a continuation of our 2017 series on the Academic Cover Letter.~ After you’ve outlined your publications and planned publications, you’ll outline your second project. Two things right away:  I know that there … Continue reading

Pitfalls of the Publication Para

By Verena Hutter and Karen Kelsky We continue in our series on the elements of the cover letter….  Scroll back over the last couple months to find the previous posts on self-introduction, content and contribution paragraphs! The heavy lifting is … Continue reading

The Job Search is Not a Striptease

One of my pet peeves in job documents is when the job candidate coyly gestures toward a research conclusion, without actually coming out and saying what the conclusion is. I have no idea why so many job seekers are so … Continue reading

The Intro Paragraph is Your GPS Locator

Co-authored with TPII editor, Verena Hutter Almost every section of the CL has its own intricacies and pitfalls. The tailoring para for example can easily become a place where self-aggrandizing and desperation meet (“I’ll be a great asset to you, … Continue reading