Revenue Generating Activities, or, Time IS Money and Don’t Be Afraid to Think of It That Way

By Sarita Jackson As a former tenure track professor, I was often inundated by numerous service requests and invitations to participate in various activities just within the first year alone. However, I realized that I had the power to politely … Continue reading

The One-Body Problem, Part 3: Finding the Things You CAN Control

By Karen Cardozo This is part three of a three-part series on bridging the academic and post-academic markets at the same time. Find part one here, and part two (with great resume advice!) here. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Most folks at the crossroads … Continue reading

The Hash-Slinging Slasher

This fall, a new phenomenon has emerged in job documents—the slash/dash addiction. I think, if you read the examples below (which are shared with permission of the authors), you’ll see the problem.  In a way, it’s just another manifestation of … Continue reading

We Don’t Need Your New Perspective

If you have the words “a new perspective” in any of your job documents, get rid of it. It’s the tritest and most hackneyed of all job document language (that is not in the hyper-emotional-passion vein.) Who is not doing … Continue reading

Those 12 Sentences: Evaluating Cover Letter Advice

Many of you have undoubtedly seen the blog post by Philip N. Howard that has been circulating around the internet for the past couple of weeks, called A Dozen Sentences That Should Appear in Your Academic Cover Letter.  It was … Continue reading

How To Tailor a Job Letter (Without Flattering, Pandering, or Begging)

This is a re-post ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Today’s post is going to address the difficult matter of tailoring a job letter. In the work my clients do on their job market materials, it seems that nothing gives them as much trouble as … Continue reading

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