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

“My Family Lives In Driving Distance” – Or Not

For Fall 2016 I am reposting the top 25 posts on academic job applications. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ In the past month a client wrote in his tailoring section that he was excited to apply to a position at the University of Chicago, … Continue reading

Banish These Words, 2016 Edition

Every season I note a new batch of trite, overused words cropping up in job and grant documents. I’ve already written about some of the most critical to banish from your vocabulary here, and here. Here is the newest set … Continue reading

Why Your Job Cover Letter Sucks (and what you can do to fix it)

An expanded and updated version of this post can now be found in Chapter  22 of my new book, The Professor Is In: The Essential Guide to Turning Your Ph.D. Into a Job. I am keeping a shortened version here, … Continue reading