Faithful readers know that I have several posts on different kinds of writing tics that plague many academic writers. These include list addiction, dyad addiction, and cheap adjectives. There are two more writing tics that I've come to identify: … [Read more...] about Gerund Addiction and Word Repetition–Two More Scourges
How To Write Academic Job Cover Letters
List addiction is an epidemic among academic writers. I have a blog post about the subject (which I knew nothing about prior to my work in TPII), and I refer at least 50% of clients to that blog post at one point or another. What is it with … [Read more...] about List Addiction, Cont’d: The Dyad
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
For some reason people love to include undergraduate student feedback in the teaching paragraph of their job letters, and that feedback usually looks like this (from an actual letter): “Former students have consistently told me that I give helpful … [Read more...] about Damning Yourself With Faint Praise–Teaching Edition
A few months ago one of my clients, after completing work with me on her job letter, ruefully sent along the original version of the letter that she had been using the previous year. She wrote, "I've attached a copy of the first job letter I ever … [Read more...] about The Worst Job Letter Ever Written (Not really…)
An expanded and updated version of this post can now be found in Chapter 23 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 including … [Read more...] about Tailoring a Job Letter, Beginning and Advanced
Today’s post is a Special Request Post for a reader, an ABD from an Ivy League, who wrote to ask, rather plaintively, how she might reassure a search committee for a job at a small, regional, teaching college that she Really Will Stay, if offered the … [Read more...] about You’re Elite, The Job is Not: How Do You Tell Them You’ll Really Stay?
Dr. Karen is on vacation in Italy July 2012. During that time she is re-posting older blog posts her regular Tuesday and Thursday posting days. She'll recommence new posting some time in … [Read more...] about How-To(sday): The Ten Commandments of Going on the Market as ABD
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 looks directly at the question of the inside candidate. It goes without saying that most people on the job market fiercely resent the inside candidate, assuming that he or she has endless advantages over external applicants. I am here … [Read more...] about What Inside Candidates Persist in Doing Wrong