You’re Elite, The Job is Not: How Do You Tell Them You’ll Really Stay?

Today’s post is a Special Request Post for a reader, an ABD from an Ivy League, who wrote to ask, rather plaintively, how she might reassure a search committee for a job at a small, regional, teaching college that she … Continue reading

How-To(sday): The Ten Commandments of Going on the Market as ABD

Dr. Karen is on vacation in Italy July 2012.  During that time she is re-posting older blog posts  her regular Tuesday and Thursday posting days.  She’ll recommence new posting some time in August. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ (Tuesday Post Category–Strategizing Your Success in … Continue reading

Is Your Writing Better Than Waffles?

Last week, I was working on a client’s materials. We were on something like draft #4 of her dissertation abstract, following on weeks of work on her c.v. and job letter. She’d been working hard, and her materials showed it. … Continue reading

What Inside Candidates Persist in Doing Wrong

Today’s post looks directly at the question of the inside candidate. It goes without saying that most people on the job market fiercely resent the inside candidate, assuming that he or she has endless advantages over external applicants. I am … Continue reading

Why You Need a Second Project. An Urgent #Facepalm Fail Addendum

In the middle of an Interview Bootcamp with a client yesterday, I suddenly realized with a jolt, and to my horror, that I had inexplicably and senselessly forgotten one of the major #Facepalm Fails of the academic interview in my … Continue reading

What UK/Commonwealth-Trained Candidates Are Doing Wrong on the U.S. Job Market (And some c.v. advice for everyone)

[sorry for the inconsistent fonts in this post.  I am trying to correct.  It’s really hard in the theme that I use, and involves html.] One of the unexpected pleasures of being The Professor is the opportunity it’s given me … Continue reading

Editing Your C.V. and Letter for Teaching/Writing Positions

Today’s post is a Special Request post for a reader who shall remain anonymous. Her question concerns how to tailor her letter and c.v. for different jobs. Here’s the background: She is a Victorian literature specialist and on the job … Continue reading

Job Letter Issues When You’re Beyond the Dissertation

Today’s post is a Special Request post for Amy, who wishes to know how the standard “dissertation” paragraph of the job letter should be adapted when the writer is well beyond dissertation stage. This is a good question!  Applying for … Continue reading

The Golden Rule of the Research Statement

Today’s post is short. It’s about the Research Statement. There’s undoubtedly a lot to say about Research Statements. But Dr. Karen doesn’t have time today, because she’s submerged in client work with looming deadlines. So this post is simply going … Continue reading