The day finally arrived! On Tuesday the book came out and The Professor Is In: The Essential Guide to Turning Your Ph.D. into a Job was officially launched onto the world. 480 pages, half of it newly updated and revised versions of the most … [Read more...] about A Big Week at The Professor Is In: My Book Comes Out!
How To Write Academic Job Cover Letters
Sometimes I hear reactions to The Professor Is In, that my level of attention to details and minutiae (everything from what kind of bag you carry to where your voice rises in your delivery of a sentence) is excessive--even anal or obsessive. … [Read more...] about Data Point, Data Point, Data Point…
The book inches closer to actually existing in the material world (August 4)! It has gotten some lovely blurbs by amazing people, like this one by the inimitable Rebecca Schuman: “If you would like your academic career to begin in delusion and end … [Read more...] about Update on My Book: Blurbs, Reviews, and a Promotion
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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 your work. As she knows you … [Read more...] about I Don’t Know You
The writer of this post is dean at a public liberal-arts-and-science college in the Midwest. S/he has spent a career in public higher education at comprehensive and baccalaureate campuses in a number of instructional and administrative … [Read more...] about How to Apply for a Dean Position (A Guest Post in the form of an interview)
Those of you who follow me on Facebook know that last week a little debate arose there about whether it was good to anonymously post all the job (and postdoc) offers received by my clients, or if that practice had the effect of making less successful … [Read more...] about The Job Offer Digest
Americans don't brag. That's not true; Americans brag all the time, about many things--money, sex, the fish that got away. However, we don't brag as much as you'd expect in our job applications. This may seem counterintuitive, considering the … [Read more...] about Americans Don’t Brag
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 time, completely devoid of meaning. Who … [Read more...] about “I Plan to Take Full Advantage of My Acquired Skills!”
There is a kind of line in job documents that is technically blameless, but is so generic, so very much "stating the obvious" that it also completely pointless. This kind of line fills space while doing nothing to distinguish you in any way. The … [Read more...] about Don’t State the Obvious