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“I purchased the Campus Visit and Interview Intervention webinars and both certainly prepared me to provide concise, sophisticated answers. My campus visit went so well and it was the preparation, as you well know, that set me up for success.”

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Past Webinars

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Hacking the Tenure Track Job Market {past}

(formerly What You Need to Know Now About the Academic Job Market)

In this 90-minute webinar I walk you through the conditions of the current American job market, the most common mistakes made by job-seekers, and the ways you can maximize your chances of success while looking for a tenure-track job.

We’ll cover:

  • The big-picture conditions of the U.S. tenure track job market
  • How to think like a search committee
  • The four core qualities of a successful tenure track job candidate
  • The all-important 5-Year Plan
  • The ethos of job market documents
  • The most common mistakes made by job seekers
  • The three keys to academic interviewing
  • The non-academic option

We also examine the pervasive intangible pitfalls that can bedevil job documents and interviewing, including narcissism, excessive humility, and hyper-emotionalism.  You’ll leave with a broad understanding of the real (as opposed to fantasy) criteria of tenure track hiring, and how to tailor your record and application materials to maximize your chances of success.

Includes time for Q and A with Dr. Karen.  All participants get a free downloadable recording.

New date: June 9, 2016 6 PM EST

Cost:   $50

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Managing Your Career Once You Have a Job

Congratulations! You got a tenure track job! Now what?

This 90-minute webinar explains the basic organization of a successful academic career, and how to avoid the most common pitfalls besetting the new assistant professor. Focuses in particular on the crucial skill of time management, as well as charting your path to tenure, learning how to plan for your tenure case, and strategize potential tenure letter writers. With a clear sense of the obligations and challenges of the tenure track period you can improve your chances of achieving work-life balance and having a career that is satisfying and life-sustaining.

This newly updated webinar (I just gave it at UNC Chapel Hill last week) is based on the mentoring I did as a Department Head for the new assistant profs in my R1 department; I include SLAC-centric content as well.

We’ll cover:

The all-important skill of time management
Learning to say no
Learning when to say yes
Teaching well but not too much
Dealing with colleagues
Understanding departmental politics
Handling service obligations
Managing your image
Applying for leave
Carving out time for research and writing
Understanding tenure
Charting your tenure course
Cultivating tenure letter writers
Creating and maintaining your national reputation
Aiming for the next job
Work-life balance
Family and children
Challenges for women and faculty of color.

As always there will be time for Q and A at the end.
This webinar is appropriate for all fields, but has an emphasis on the humanities and social sciences. All participants get access to a recording afterward.

Thursday 4/7 at 6 PM EST/22:00 GMT.

Cost:   $50

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Summer Productivity Kickstart and Strategy Session

Worried about how to be productive this summer? Have an article (or two, or three!) languishing on your desktop? Know from past experience that the summer siren song of wide open writing time more often than not ends with you hunkered down in a shame- filled Netflix binge?

Join academic productivity coach Kellee Weinhold for a crash course in kickstarting  your summer writing AND meeting your goals.

In this 90-minute session you will learn:

  • How to identify your real and imagined roadblocks to productivity;

  • Strategies for overcoming those barriers, using organizational strategies and accountability tools  for daily productivity;

  • Effective boundary setting (just say no!);

  • How to create a personalized goal achievement plan, breaking down project components and timelines with daily and weekly goals.

Includes time for Q and A with Kellee Weinhold.  All participants get a free  recording.

6/24 at 1 PM EST

Cost:   $50

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Going Postac: The Non-Academic Job Search {past}

This webinar will show you how to prepare for a non-academic job, even if you’re still in graduate school.  We’ll confront the incorrect belief held by many Ph.D.s (especially in the arts and humanities) that you don’t have any skills for non-academic jobs. In fact, you have loads of skills, you just haven’t learned to identify and mobilize them for jobs outside the academy.

We’ll cover:

  • Why the non-academic job search matters

  • What’s in a name?  Post-ac, non-ac, alt-ac, and out-ac

  • How do I tell my advisor?

  • Obstacles to imagining a non-academic career

  • Identifying your translatable skills

  • Managing the all-important “keywords”

  • Tips for the non-academic cover letter and resume

  • Common pitfalls and challenges for the Ph.D. job seeker in the “real world”

  • Job-search strategies that work

  • Resources for the job seeker

This workshop is appropriate for anyone on the Ph.D. track–from early/mid-stage graduate students to ABDs, new Ph.D.s, and postdocs.  It’s also good for any advisors who wish to learn more about advising for the non-academic career. Includes time for Q and A.

All participants get access to the recording of this webinar.

Tuesday 3/1 at 6 PM EST/23:00 GMT. 

Cost:   $50

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Job Talk Webinar  – new! {past}

The first date was so popular, I’m offering it again!

In this brand new webinar, we will delve into the challenges of the all-important job talk.

Kellee and I together created this webinar because I edit hundreds of job talks a year at TPII, and she hears them in her live skypes, and the first drafts we see are routinely truly awful.

We’ve learned that most candidates have no idea about the proper ethos and organization of the job talk. They don’t get the “point” of the job talk, what it’s meant to achieve, and then how to achieve that through specific substance and organization.

So, in this webinar, Kellee will explain the role of the job talk in the campus visit (it’s the single most important element) , and what it is meant to show about you as a candidate (it’s not what you think).

She explains the most common pitfalls of the job talk, which are legion, including:

Excessive lit review (this isn’t your comprehensive exam!)
Forgetting to explain the topic before the analysis
Imbalance of theory and data
Overambitious scope
No clear argument
Overwhelming, illegible powerpoint slides

And she provide a proven template for job talk structure that will ensure yours showcases your research, engages the audience, and establishes your scholarly profile AND collegiality.

Finally, she discusses the treacherous Q and A after the talk–what kinds of questions to expect, how to handle the audience, and most importantly, how to handle challenging, critical, or inappropriate questions.

Includes 30 minutes of Q and A.

All participants get access to the recording of this webinar.

Thursday 2/11 at 6 PM EST/23:00 GMT. 

Cost:   $50

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Campus Visit Webinar {past}

In this 90 minute webinar I walk you through the basic expectations and potential pitfalls of the dreaded Campus Visit (sometimes called a Fly-Out). We will cover all of the core elements, including:

  • The three key criteria at play in a campus visit

  • The single biggest pitfall for candidates

  • The basic organization of a campus visit

  • The initial arrangements and scheduling

  • Preparing for the visit

  • Meetings with faculty, Head, Dean, and graduate students

  • The formal interview with the Search Committee

  • The job talk and Q and A

  • The teaching demo

  • Handling meals gracefully

  • Maintaining your stamina

  • Evaluating campus climate

  • What to wear, especially in cold weather

As always there will be time for Q and A at the end. You will receive a downloadable recording of the webinar 24 hours after the event.

Campus visits are hard!  A little advance knowledge will save a world of hurt!

This 90-minute Webinar is scheduled for  Thursday 1/14 at 6 PM EST/23:00 GMT. 

Cost:   $50

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Interview Intervention Webinar {past}

In this 90-minute webinar I show you how to interview effectively for an academic job. We cover the major questions asked most often, and their unspoken agendas. I discuss the most common errors made by candidates, and how to organize and deliver concise, content-rich, non-desperate responses.

This webinar covers the same content, and addresses the same questions, as the live Skype Interview Intervention service ($250); it is a cost-effective way to learn what to expect and how to prepare for all forms of academic job interview. Some clients do the webinar as preparation for a live Skype Intervention.

In the webinar, I provide templates for responses to basic questions about your dissertation/current research, publishing, teaching, and fit, and abundant examples of both bad and good answers from actual client interviews.

We confront illegal/inappropriate questions, micro-aggressions, and the all important issue of overcoming Imposter Syndrome, and communicating confidence through verbal and non-verbal modes. And I spare a few words for how to dress, the best shoes for cold weather, and ideas for briefcases!

The material applies to skype, phone, and conference interviews, and the campus visit (although note that I have a whole separate webinar and recording available that is devoted to the campus visit!)

As always there will be plenty of time for Q and A at the end.

Scheduled for Friday 11/20 at 5 PM EST

Cost: $50

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How To Write a Winning Grant

In this 90-minute Webinar I walk you through Dr. Karen’s Foolproof Grant Template–a template for grant-writing based on what I call the “Hero-Narrative of Grant-writing” [Here is a critical topic. Here is an unfortunate gap in the literature about it. But never fear – I am here to save the day! Here’s how, specifically.] Astoundingly successful, if used correctly. Which is harder than it looks, because applicants have trouble grasping what their critical topic is, and what a compelling rationale would be for studying it, in the minds of OTHER PEOPLE.

Thus I explain how to put yourself into the shoes of those other people — the people on the grant review committees, and how to avoid the most common misunderstandings and mistakes of applicants that revolve around self-absorption, obsession with minutiae, and self-juvenilization (grant applications are not your comprehensive exams).

As always, the webinar will include abundant examples of effective writing, and will include plenty of Q and A time for targeted advice for your situation.

You will receive a downloadable recording of the webinar.

We’ll cover:

The big picture of grant-writing
How and why to construct a hero narrative of your research
The three things your proposal must do
The four biggest mistakes of grant-writers
How to use Dr. Karen’s Foolproof Grant Template
How to tailor a proposal

Q and A

Thursday 4/21 at 6 PM EST/23:00 GMT

Cost:   $50

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How To Write an Academic Job Application, Part II–Teaching Statement and Research Statement {past}

In this 80-minute webinar we examine the other two primary documents in an academic job application–the teaching statement and research statement.  I explain the role of each of these in presenting your profile, and the relative importance of each in the deliberations of the search committee.  I then give recommendations for the most effective content, organization, and tone of each of these documents, with examples.

The Teaching Statement is perhaps the most difficult of all job documents to write, and I spend particular time on its purpose and execution, and the many common pitfalls common to this document, especially weepiness and hyper-emotionalism. I also introduce organizational tips for the Research Statement with attention to effective sentence and paragraph structure.

There will be 30 minutes of Q and A at the end.  All participants get a free downloadable recording.

 

Thursday 8/13 at 7 PM EST/24:00 GMT

Cost:   $50

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How To Write an Academic Job Application, Part 1–Cover Letter and CV {past}

In this 80-minute webinar we examine the first two primary documents in an academic job application–the cover letter and cv.  I explain the role of each of these in presenting your profile, and the relative importance of each in the deliberations of the search committee.  I then give recommendations for the most effective content, organization, and tone of each of these documents, with examples, and show the most common mistakes made by job applicants, the errors of thinking that lie behind these mistakes, and the ways to correct them.

The focus is both on specific techniques of writing and self-presentation, but also on the unspoken principles and biases that govern tenure-track hiring.

There will be 30 minutes of Q and A at the end. All participants get a free downloadable recording.

 

Thursday 8/6 at  7 PM EST/24:00 GMT

Cost:   $50

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Social Media Marketing as a Career for Humanities Ph.D.s: A How-To with Dr. Jessica Langer {past}

Social media marketing is currently one of the fastest-growing subfields of marketing and communications, as companies increasingly turn to tools like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and others to position themselves. If you’re a humanities or social science PhD (or one-to-be), social media marketing may be a good match for your skills.

In this webinar, Dr Jessica Langer, English Literature Ph.D. and CEO of a boutique social and digital agency in Toronto (and a Professor Is In post-ac coach), will set out a practical step-by-step plan for PhDs considering transitioning into digital and/or social media marketing and communications. Attendees should come away from this session with a concrete plan for getting started in a career in social media marketing.

This webinar is being offered through Digital Academic Consulting by Adeline Koh (@adelinekoh).  Digital Academic Consulting is a business dedicated to website development and social media strategies for scholars. DAC specializes in creating professional web presences for academics and post-academics, creating professional social media strategies and entry into new forms of digital publishing. This webinar is part of a forthcoming series of events around creating a professional web presence and learning technology.*

If you have any questions about this event or the forthcoming series, please contact Adeline Koh directly at adelinekoh@gmail.com.

Computer setup required:

You can log into this webinar through your Internet browser without the need to download any additional software. You can also choose to call in by phone if the computer is unavailable to you. Go2Meeting also allows you to login on a tablet or smartphone through its apps.

Cancellation Policy:

Refunds are not offered for this webinar, however, all participants will receive a download link for the webinar once it is complete.

*Disclosure: The Professor Is In receives a small percentage of revenue for promoting the event.

 

Friday June 5, 2 PM EST

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FREE Negotiating Webinar – NEW DATE

Negotiating Your Tenure Track Job

THIS IS A REPEAT DATE FOR THOSE WHO COULDN’T LOG IN ON THURSDAY, AND/OR FOR ANYONE ELSE WHO WANTS TO COME.

The rescinded offer is unfortunately more common than ever, and it is imperative that candidates understand when and how to appropriately negotiate a tenure track job offer. Negotiating IS still standard and expected for the vast majority of all tenure track offers, but it takes skill to do it correctly, asking for all you can while retaining good relations with the department.

This webinar breaks down the stages of the tenure track offer negotiation process, explains the things that can and can’t be negotiated at different ranks and types of institutions, and provides examples of successful negotiating language as well as common negotiating errors and pitfalls.

Negotiating points we’ll examine include salary, teaching release, moving expenses, start-up funds, conference and travel funding, research leave/junior sabbatical, summer salary, and the spousal hire.

We’ll discuss how to evaluate the culture and expectations of the institution and calibrate requests to the institutional context. We will dispassionately examine the phenomenon of the rescinded offer.  I’ll give examples from successful and unsuccessful recent negotiations that I’ve worked on through my Negotiating Assistance service.

And we’ll consider special challenges for women and people from communities historically marginalized in the academy.

Includes 15 minutes of Q and A.

A free download of the event will be available for one week after the date.

All participants also get a $100 discount on live Negotiating Assistance.

This Webinar is scheduled for SUNDAY 12/20 at 6 PM EST/23:00 GMT

FREE!!!

After completing payment by clicking below, you will be redirected to the dedicated Go-To-Meeting Webinar Registration page, where you will fill out a registration form and be given instructions and an access code to sign in on your chosen day. 

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Learn to Code: Basic HTML and CSS with Adeline Koh and Melissa Mott

$125
Monday, July 13. 2-4pm EST

You’ve heard this so many times: learning to code is one of the most desirable skills for your CV, whether you remain in academia or go elsewhere. But many find the idea of coding intimidating. Beginners often complain that the many free coding tutorials available online difficult to follow: there is no instructor available to answer questions, or classmates to ask questions. It’s increasingly shown that learning to code is often most effective when you learn in a community, rather than as an individual.This webinar is a two-hour workshop that will get your feet wet learning to code with an instructor and a community. Together, participants will take the “Hour of Code” HTML and CSS Khanacademy challenge. HTML and CSS are the building blocks of the Internet. They render how you view every element of a web page and are coding fundamentals. Participants will take the Hour of Code challenge over the two hour block in this workshop, and Adeline Koh and Melissa Mott (former digital humanities intern) will be available to answer all troubleshooting and questions. The class will also have a shared forum to share ideas and concerns that emerge as we work on the Hour of Code. Skills covered in the course will include: 1) HTML tags, HTML tags, inserting images with HTML and some CSS basics. By the end of the workshop you should have coded your own greeting card.

While this workshop will not turn you into a master coder, participants should leave with a good basic understanding of how HTML and CSS function, and a list of more resources to get you further learning these languages. This webinar is limited to TEN participants, so that each participant will receive adequate attention from both instructors.

This webinar is being offered through Digital Academic Consulting by Adeline Koh (@adelinekoh).  Digital Academic Consulting is a business dedicated to website development and social media strategies for scholars. DAC specializes in creating professional web presences for academics and post-academics, creating professional social media strategies and entry into new forms of digital publishing. This webinar is part of a series of events around creating a professional web presence and learning technology.

If you have any questions about this event or the forthcoming series, please contact Adeline Koh directly at adelinekoh@gmail.com.

*Go Here to Purchase the Webinar*

About the facilitators:
Adeline Koh has ten years of web design experience and is associate professor literature and director of DH@Stockton, a digital humanities center, at Stockton University. She has a passion for great design and training others in navigating digital publishing and social media.
Melissa Mott is a former digital humanities intern at Stockton University, and works as a current Digital Marketing Coordinator in New Jersey. She has a passion for words and web design, and helping others get started on their personal coding adventures.

Computer setup required:
You can log into this webinar through your Internet browser without the need to download any additional software. You can also choose to call in by phone if the computer is unavailable to you. Go2Meeting also allows you to login on a tablet or smartphone through its apps.
However, to complete the exercises it is highly recommended that you use a laptop or desktop.
We will be using screen sharing and screen capture apps as well as be using codeshare.io to share and troubleshoot code snippets. The organizers will send out more details about these applications for you to use closer to the date.

Cancellation Policy:

Refunds are not offered for this webinar, however, all participants will receive a download link for the webinar once it is complete.

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Women and the Academic Career: What Works, What Doesn’t {past}

In this 90 minute interactive webinar, I walk you through the main challenges for women in the academic career, and offer specific strategies for confronting and overcoming them.

We’ll discuss:
The male-centric model of the academic career track
The tenure track and the biological clock
The perils of “nice”
Unconscious self-sabotaging habits
Techniques of self-promotion
Assertiveness in language and body language
Pitfalls for women on the job market
Interviewing strategies
Negotiating effectively
Achieving work-life balance

30 minutes of Q and A at the end.

Thursday May 21, 6 PM EST/23:00 GMT.

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For Grad Students Only–Turn Your Ph.D. Into a Job {past}

This webinar is for current graduate students, on strategizing for the academic and non-academic job markets while in graduate school. It is open to students at any stage in their program, including those just starting this fall. (I love to talk to newbies!)

We will cover:

  • Understanding the financial risks of a Ph.D.
  • Evaluating the status and job placement rate of your graduate program
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of your advisor for job placement
  • Changing advisors when necessary
  • Assembling a committee
  • Reading trends in your field with an eye to the job market
  • Setting a 5-year timeline to completion
  • Understanding the role of grants
  • TA-ing vs. teaching
  • Participating in departmental life
  • Avoiding excess service
  • Attending national conferences
  • Strategizing your recommenders
  • Building your CV

We will also discuss strategies to keep your options open for non-academic jobs, including

  • Finding mentors
  • Networking
  • Informational interviews
  • Identifying and developing your skills

Throughout we’ll address ways that you can “stop acting like a grad student” and take charge of your program and your career.

As always, time for Q and A at the end.

Let no grad student proceed uninformed!

Thursday 5/7 6 PM EST

Cost:  $30

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How To Apply for a Postdoc in the Humanities or Social Sciences {Past}

Postdocs are increasingly common in the humanities and social sciences, but many Ph.D.s are confused about how to apply for them. Is it like applying for a job?  When should I apply and how long am I eligible?  If I only have to teach one course, how should I discuss my teaching? What am I supposed to produce while I’m in the postdoc, and how fast?

This webinar addresses these questions and more. It builds on the material covered in the blog post, The Postdoc App: How It’s Different and Why.  We’ll discuss:

Why social science and humanities postdoctoral programs exist
When to apply
Reading postdoc agendas and missions
Understanding the ethos of a postdoctoral scholar on campus
Composing an effective postdoc cover letter
The elements of a postdoc research proposal
Addressing teaching in a postdoc context
Relating your work to the campus
Understanding the timeline of productivity

Includes 30 minutes of Q and A at the end. You will get a downloadable recording of the event.

(Please note that this webinar is not suitable for scientists seeking postdoctoral positions in labs.)

 

Cost: $50

Thursday 9/11 6 PM EST

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Targeting Your Skills for a #Postac Career (led by Margy Horton) {past}

In order to grow your post-ac network, craft a solid business plan, or write a credible resume, you need to know your skills–and you need a language in which to articulate those skills.

In this webinar, I (Margy Horton) help you to identify your strongest skills, discover new ways of framing them, construct them into a compelling story, and decide which skills to sharpen in order to enhance your marketability. My experiences in both launching my business, ScholarShape, and organizing a group of Academic Entrepreneurs, have taught me that academics can indeed mine, re-frame, and “sell” previously unknown skills. This presentation is filled with real-life examples from my experiences at the intersections of academia and entrepreneurship.

In the Q and A, you can ask me to speak directly to your situation, and after the webinar, you’ll receive a downloadable recording. When you register for this webinar, you’ll receive a PDF of my list of over 100 skills that are common among academics–a more comprehensive list than any you’ll find elsewhere.

What we’ll cover:

1. How skills are different from knowledge, expertise, and credentials

2. How to identify your marketable skills (Hint: you may have over 100)

3. Four techniques for re-framing and re-labeling your existing skills

4. Why you need to frame your skills as a story (And five templates for writing your skill-story)

5. The “alchemical skills” that you can acquire to elevate your other skills

6. A dozen free or inexpensive ways to develop new marketable skills

7. Q and A

All participants will receive a free downloadable recording of the event.

 

See a short promo with audio here:   TPII Skills Webinar PROMO – Horton

 

Wednesday May 28, 6 PM EST/3 PM Pacific.

Cost: $50

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How To Publish Your Academic Book {past}

In most fields of the humanities and social sciences, a sole-authored monograph is the primary criterion for tenure. Getting your book done in time for tenure review is the leading source of stress for new assistant professors. You can do it, but it takes advance planning and organization. In this 90 minute webinar I walk you through the basic timeline for getting it done in time. We will cover the following:

conceptualizing your dissertation as a book
getting leave time to write
coordinating publication timeline and tenure review
writing a proposal
submitting your proposal
approaching editors
choosing a press
getting an advance contract
understanding royalties
knowing what to publish as journal articles
setting up a writing schedule
dealing with positive and negative reviews
revising
indexing, copy-editing and cover art

As always there will be time for Q and A at the end. You’ll receive a downloadable recording of the webinar.

Avoid unnecessary anguish and stress by understanding the process and planning ahead.

 

Wednesday 4/16 at 2 PM Pacific/5 PM EST/22:00 GMT. 

Cost:   $50

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Surviving Your First Year on the Tenure Track

In this 90-minute webinar I walk you through the biggest challenges of the first year on the tenure track.  Topics we cover include

  • Dealing with new colleagues

  • Handling department politics

  • Finding mentors

  • Establishing a classroom persona

  • Learning to say no to service

  • Establishing a conference schedule

  • Protecting your writing time (and mental health!)

Most importantly, I walk you through the planning that you need to do, from year one, to situate yourself for your eventual tenure case.

This webinar is based on the advising meetings I used to have as Department Head with my first year assistant professors. They all got tenure.  It’s fun, but hard core!

This webinar complements the blog post, Advice For Your First Year on the Tenure Track, but focuses on learning when and how to say no, making choices about time management, laying the groundwork for your tenure case, and staying sane.

Includes abundant time for Q and A with Dr. Karen. You’ll receive a downloadable recording of the webinar.

Cost: $50

Thursday 4/23, 6 PM EST

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Starting a Small Business: The Other #Postac Option {Past}

“If you can only conceive of yourself as a professor, then you have condemned your labor to the mercy and whims of others” (Nate Kreuter, IHE). In this 90 minute interactive webinar for people with Ph.D.s (particularly in the humanities and social sciences), I’ll walk you through the basics of starting your own small business. We’ll talk about ways to re-cast yourself from academic to business owner, psychological obstacles to the transition, and then the nuts and bolts of setting up a business–from a website to invoicing to advertising. Particular focus on using a website/FB page/Twitter for marketing.

Topics include:
I.  Getting Used to the Idea
The post-ac transition
What is entrepreneurialism?
Academia, dependency, and risk aversion
Imagining your niche
Skills vs. outcomes

II. The Nuts and Bolts
Steps to starting a small business
Concept –> Brand –> Name
Creating a simple website/blog
Establishing credibility
Setting rates and policies
Simple ecommerce resources
Show me the $$: Invoicing

III. Finding Your Market
Getting and keeping clients/customers
SEO and basic internet marketing
Blog vs. newsletter
Using Facebook and Twitter

IV.  Growing The Business
Overcoming the fear of self-promotion
Money: not the enemy
Being your own boss

As always, time for Q and A at the end. You’ll get a recording of the webinar the next day.

 Scheduled for Friday Jan 31 3 PM Pacific/6 PM EST/23:00 GMT.

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Interviewing for Your Postacademic Career (led by Allessandria Polizzi)

In this 90-minute webinar, I (Allessandria Polizzi) will walk you through the business interviewing process from beginning to end based on my 15+ years of experience in Human Resources function, and as a corporate hiring manager. I explain the point and purpose of each stage, as well as how to prepare, pitfalls to avoid and other tips and tricks. If you are beginning the journey to a postacademic job search (or are just in the beginning stages of exploration), this webinar will show you what to expect.

 We will cover:

• How to make a great first impression
• The in-person interview (2nd, 3rd and beyond): what to wear, how to prepare and what to do while there
• What’s an assessment and how do I ace it?
• What to do after the interview is over
• Don’t hit the panic button: Tips of the trade to help you land the job you want

Includes Q and A with Allessandria.

Interviewing is a critical element in your postacademic career process. Through interviewing, you share your qualifications for a potential position and also learn about the culture of your future employer. Knowing what to expect and how to prepare allows you to maximize both opportunities.

All participants get a free recording of the event.

 

Thursday June 12 6 PM EST/3 PM Pacific

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Once you pay you are directed to a dedicated access page on Go To Webinar to register for the event. You receive an access code, which you enter on the day of the event to log onto the webinar on your computer or telephone.  I present the webinar live. You can see and hear me, and to see my powerpoint slides.  You can ask questions and comments on the chat/question functions.

Some readers wonder if the webinars are redundant with the blog posts. I work hard to make sure that isn’t the case, and offer fresh new content that goes beyond the posts. I’ve learned that many participants find it is helpful to have the spoken and interactive presentation on the Webinar reinforce the written information on the blog.  One key point of the Webinars, aside from the Q and A, is the abundant use of examples of BAD job market writing or interviewing, with explanations of what exactly is wrong, and how to fix it.

Here are some reactions to previous webinars, and a testimonial from a Campus Visit Webinar client who used it to land a tenure track job:

“The webinar, which took a little less than two hours, was more useful to me than the entire semester of the ‘Preparing Future Faculty’ course I took through my university’s graduate school.”

“I found it very helpful. Why? Because I needed clarity re: the importance of ‘peer reviewed’ journal articles (of which I have none). You helped me see that while the dissertation is made out to be a ‘BIG ISSUE’ in the life of a Ph.D. student, what should now be one’s major concern, as a result of this lame market, is developing an active publishing record so that one can present themselves as a ‘colleague’ in the job market rather than a ‘grad student.’ Many advisors don’t realize this market change.”

“I appreciated the way that Karen focused not only on what we should do, but also on what we should avoid doing. Many of the job books I have neglect this important contrast.”

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask me, Karen, at gettenure@gmail.com.

 


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Live Webinars — 30 Comments

  1. I would love to attend a webinar, but am finding the times they are offered impossible to attend. (I’m on the west coast, which makes any reasonable east coast time wonky.) Is there any plan for offering these as itunes-type pay-to-watch/download videos, where we can pay for it and then watch at our convenience?

    • Kayko, I’m actually also on the west coast–oregon. Over time I’ve found the 4 pm pacific/7 pm est a decent compromise for most peoples’ work schedules.

      I am still figuring out whether or not to offer them as downloadable files. If and when i do that, it will be announced here on this page and on Facebook as well.

    • I haven’t forgotten the notion—I’m just holding off on moving ahead with it, because I really like that people come to the live event, and fear that they will not do so if they know that they can download it like a podcast later. Thoughts on this?

      • I think the promise of Q&A with you after a live event distinguishes its value far beyond a podcast. Further, I bet folks who participate in a live event would also be interested in buying that particular event’s podcast.

        Thank you so much public online material, btw….what a wonderful resource!

  2. I too would like tips for the first round phone interview. I realize I am asking to late (i had one on Wednesday and another in 5 hours). Wednesday’s seemed a scoping interview: are you still interested and what questions do you have about the job? What are the main objectives of the phone interview?

  3. I would love to attend or hear the webinar for grad students, but I can’t afford the sticker price. Is there a way you would consider reducing the price for the podcast further? Thanks.

      • Can I still use this 30% discount if I sign up for newsletter. I would like to hear two of the webinars, but cannot afford it as I am in my final year of PhD program with no funding source.

        Thanks.

          • I would love to join the webinar for Postdoc App in Social Sciences next week. I have been subscribed for a while but haven’t used the discount yet. Does it still apply?

          • This fall i’ve cut the cost of all webinars in half, from $100 to $50, so that they are more affordable to all. Consequently, I’ve stopped the webzone discount for now–which was not that deep a discount anyway!

  4. Will the “How To Write an Academic Job Application, Part II” be available for download any time soon? I have a job app due in two weeks, and could use the extra advice for my teaching statement. Thank you!

  5. Thank you for the informative webinar “The Campus Visit.” Purchasing this webinar is an excellent investment. I think that now I almost ready for my first campus visit.

    I applied for a tenure-track assistant professorship over the summer and got an invitation for a campus visit. Up to this time, I have not applied to other places. How important is it to make the impression during the campus visit to have applied to other places as well?

    At the end of my job talk, I plan to give an overview of three projects that I proposed in my research statement. I know that it is important to end the job talk strongly. What kind of a slide would you use as your last slide?

  6. Hello:
    The question I have, related to my specific situation, is–Is it possible to get on the tenure track at 50? I did not go straight through the Ph.D.–though I have one, did not get good advice along the way, and taught at art/design schools in NYC who, even in 1990 were not hiring full time people, never mind on tenure track. So, I have 20+ years of higher education teaching experience, was bounced out of a high end Visiting Associate Professor job in 2010 because it was not a good fit, and have been in the long-term unemployed category since then. I have applied for a range of jobs, academic, academic administrative and others and have not gotten one interview. I am fortunate to have moved in with my very generous partner last year, as my unemployment ran out a year and 5 months ago. What do I do now–overqualified at 50?!

  7. Just out of curiosity, have you considered — or might you consider — offering a webinar for people considering leaving academe? (In particular, for people who already have tenure, but who — ahem — are concerned about what looks like an imminent collapse of the higher ed sector?)

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  9. Given that I cannot find a more appropriate site to leave this review, I am dropping by here now to say that I was very dissatisfied with how the “Social Media Marketing as a Career for Humanities Ph.D.s: A How-To” webinar with Dr. Jessica Langer was handled, and I and do not recommend that others purchase that webinar if it is ever offered in the future.
    I had an emergency come up and was not able to attend the webinar live, so I waited for the recording. When I received the recording, I saw that only the top left corner of the slides had been recorded. I emailed both Jessica and Adeline Kohl asking for a different recording that actually show the slide content, and after a few weeks went by one of them finally emailed me back and said they would send me a new one. A few months went by so I asked again for the recording, and I have continued to be ignored to this day. It has been 6 months since I received the original webinar recording.
    I understand that mistakes happen during live recordings, but it is simply rude and unprofessional to not honor promises and to blatantly avoid communicating with people, especially when there was already a zero-refund policy for the webinar.

  10. Hello, I want to purchase a recording of the post-ac webinar from yesterday. Is it available yet? Thank you.

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