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
Today’s post is meant to clarify some confusion among some of you who are or are thinking of becoming clients related to the time required to complete the editing process. I’ve had a few incidents this past month in which clients sent me 15-page sets … [Read more...] about Information for Those Who Work With Dr. Karen
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
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?
We watch a lot of American Idol here at The Professor's house. We have strong opinions. Personally, I'm a fan of Joshua. I know that Jessica has the best voice. But she just doesn't "connect" with the audience, as Randy Jackson constantly … [Read more...] about What American Idol Tells Us About The Job Market
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
(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
Please note that I no longer respond to comments/questions to this post! Grad School Application Guidance Package and other help listed below the post. One of the most common points of confusion among undergraduates and new graduate … [Read more...] about How to Write an Email to a Potential Ph.D. Advisor/Professor