The Art of the Academic Cover Letter

Are you writing an academic cover letter for the first time? Do you know what you need to say but you are unsure how to make it match the job being advertised? Have you applied for countless jobs and had little or no success in getting a follow up interview? Do you want and need help on your cover letter that goes deeper than the blog and the book, is more individualized than the webinar recordings, but costs less than individual editing.

The Art of the Academic Article is for you.

Created by Dr. Karen Kelsky, The Art of the Academic Cover Letter walks you step by step through each section of the academic cover letter, assuring you showcase your record and stand out on the job market.

It Starts With a Change of Perspective

More than simply a how-to guide, The Art of the Cover Letter teaches you to think like a search committee, identifying content from your record that “counts,” condensing that content into effective, concise, fact-based language, and finally refining it into memorable paragraphs that frame your expertise in ways that work for the job market.

Then We Get to Work

Once you purchase the online course, you have immediate access to a 10-module program that walks you through each element of the cover letter, from the salutation to the sign-off, with assigned readings in my book The Professor Is In: The Essential Guide to Turning Your Ph.D. Into a Job (which you must own to do the program) and on the blog.

Each module includes worksheets that lead you from the mental process of recognizing the content from your record that “counts,” through the challenge of condensing that content into effective, concise, fact-based language, and finally to the work of refining it into memorable paragraphs that frame your expertise in ways that work for the job market.

Each worksheet also provides you with examples of effective language to describe research, contribution, publications, next project, teaching, diversity, and tailoring.

We Are With You Every Step

Each module includes short videos from me, Dr. Karen, reminding you what search committees are looking for when they read each section of a letter.  I show you how you can avoid the most common forms of self-sabotage, and what you can do to produce an effective, compelling letter that delivers the facts of your record, tailored to the job, without desperation, pandering, hyper-emotionalism, or bragging.

We Are Ready When You Are

The Art of the Cover Letter ($79) is a 10-module self-guided course, all-online, available anytime 24/7, that walks you step by step through the planning, info-gathering, writing, and editing of your academic job cover letter. Includes worksheets that teach you how to a) grasp and frame your record for the purposes of job market competition; b) collect all pertinent material in one place and hone it down to cover letter appropriate language; c) refine and edit the complete cover letter to avoid pitfalls like excessive humility, desperation, bragging, emotionalism, self-sabotage, etc. And at each step it includes short videos by me, Dr. Karen, that keep you focused on the big picture of the job search.

Work at your own pace, develop your own materials, learn what you need to say, and how you need to say it!

The Art of the Cover Letter is fast, individualized, and affordable.