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

The Alt/Post-Ac Makeover: From Field to Function and New Forms – Cardozo

by Out-Ac Coach Karen Cardozo To run a successful Alt/Post-Ac job search, you first need to grasp some key differences between hiring in academic versus alternative sectors.  Here’s is a partial synopsis:       Many academic listings are advertised nationally and up … Continue reading

Get Unstuck! Productivity Coaching from The Professor Is In

by Kellee Weinhold Kellee Weinhold is the TPII expert in charge of live Skype Interview Interventions, Job Talk Interventions, Campus Visit Interventions, the UNSTUCK writing coaching program, and technology. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ It’s that time in the Academic Life Cycle when attention … Continue reading

My Top Five Tips for Turning Your Dissertation Into a Book–A Special Request Post

This is a repost from 2011. ~~~~~~~~~ Today is another Special Request Post.  This one is from Maria, who asks, do I have a template (like my Foolproof Grant Template) for turning a dissertation into a book? No, Maria, I … Continue reading

Is the Academy Good?

I’ve had two huge changes in my life in the past two years.  The first is, I’ve started dancing in earnest. The second is, I’ve started meditating.  These have both completely transformed my life.  Dancing has allowed me to move … Continue reading

A Perspective From the Hiring Committee (A Guest Post)

This is a guest post, volunteered by a tenured reader.  Also check out her previous post. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I and my fellow committee members work in a somewhat technical field at a mid-tier state university.    While every institution and department 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

Buy My Book!

Love the blog? Now get it in handy book form–only $11.40!  Available for pre-order now–comes out August 4! Buy it at all these places! It also makes a great gift for all those struggling grad students in your life! For … Continue reading

I Don’t Know You

In last week’s Job Offer Digest, one of my successful clients wrote this: “Still, don’t kid yourself; working with Dr. Karen is hard! It forces you to take a long hard look at yourself, your work, and your presentation of … Continue reading

“I Plan to Take Full Advantage of My Acquired Skills!”

A line from a letter last week: “In my own lab I plan to take full advantage of my acquired skills and use the XXX equipment  to further investigate xxxx.” This kind of language is braggy and at the same … Continue reading