Dr. Karen’s Rules of the Research Statement

For the Fall 2016 Job Market I am re-posting the essential job application posts.  We’ve looked at the Cover Letter and the CV  and the Teaching Statement.  Today we look at the Research Statement. An expanded and updated version of … Continue reading

How to Write a Recommendation Letter

The wonderful Shit Academic Say (@AcademicsSay) retweeted a hilarious parody of American vs. British recommendation letters this week.   Posted by Shit Academics Say on Thursday, December 8, 2016   It’s so painfully accurate that it immediately brought back traumatic memories … 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

Dr. Karen’s Rules of the Academic CV

Reposting classics on the basic job market documents as we gear up for the 2016 job search! ~~~~~~~~ Today’s post is a long overdue post on CVs.  While the CV genre permits a wide range of variation, and there is … Continue reading

Thoughts from the UK and Denmark

Kellee and I are heading into the final week of our month in the UK and Europe!  We’ve had an absolutely amazing journey so far.   We visited the Universities of Aberdeen (thank you, Amy Bryzgel), where I did a … Continue reading

Can I Negotiate? Advice For All, Especially International Ph.D.s

I am regularly asked “can I negotiate my offer when it’s my only offer?” People constantly seem to think you need multiple offers to have leverage. This is not true.   For the vast majority of schools, you can and should … Continue reading