Do not use the words “unique” or “burgeoning” in any of your job documents. They are painfully overused. The first is just trite. The second is over-dramatic. That is all. … [Read more...] about Banish These Words
How to Get Grants and Fellowships
Last week, I was working on a client's materials. We were on something like draft #4 of her dissertation abstract, following on weeks of work on her c.v. and job letter. She'd been working hard, and her materials showed it. It was Sunday morning, … [Read more...] about Is Your Writing Better Than Waffles?
Today’s post is a simple one, responding to many queries: How do you make a “short CV”? A short, or two-page, CV is often required for grant applications and the like. The point here is to sketch the main highlights of your record without … [Read more...] about How Do You Make a “Short” CV?
The fellowship season is upon us, and I'm working with clients on all sorts of grants and fellowships. As part of that process I'm spending a lot of time talking people through the Dr. Karen Foolproof Grant Template. I won't repeat the template … [Read more...] about The Foolproof Grant Template–Where Did It Come From?
(Tuesday Post Category--Strategizing Your Success in Academia) Last Tuesday I wrote Part 1 of "Using Rage to Stay Motivated," a Special Request post for Allen. He asked how to stay motivated while writing his thesis. Staying motivated through the … [Read more...] about Using Rage to Stay Motivated, Part Two
Tuesdays I will occasionally feature "How-To(sday)" posts, short guides to certain genres of academic writing. I'm happy to take requests for these. Just email me at email@example.com. Today we look at the paper/conference … [Read more...] about How-To(sday): How to Write a Paper or Conference Proposal Abstract
NOTE: An expanded and updated version of this post can now be found in Chapter 51 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, but for the complete discussion … [Read more...] about Dr. Karen’s Foolproof Grant Template