Of the the 111 posts on The Professor Is In's blog, which one, do you think, has the most comments? The Six Ways You're Acting Like a Grad Student (And How That's Killing You on the Job Market? Dr. Karen's Rules of the Campus Visit? Why Your Job … [Read more...] about Don’t Ask Career Services for Help With Your CV
Today's post is a Special Request post for several clients who are fretting about what to “chat” with faculty about during the informal parts of a campus visit. “What in the world do I talk about??” they inquire. It's always hard to know how to make … [Read more...] about How To Make Small Talk on Your Campus Visit
For today's post I direct you to my latest Chronicle column, entitled “Graduate School Is A Means To A Job.” It is an expanded edition of the post I published about two weeks ago, “Dr. Karen's Rules of Graduate School.” As I said in that post, too … [Read more...] about Graduate School Is Not Your Job.
Today's post is a reprint of my recent column in Inside Higher Ed, called "The 'Be Yourself' Myth." As some of you know, I write an occasional column for IHE under the theme "Academic Mythbusters." I take a prevailing delusion that afflicts … [Read more...] about The “Be Yourself” Myth: Performing the Academic Self on the Job Market
I've had a raft of new clients this past couple of weeks seeking my help in strategizing for the Fall 2012 job market. I applaud this foresight and planning, and recommend it to all who know they will be on the market next year. One piece of advice … [Read more...] about Why You Need Recommenders From Outside Your Department
Today's post is a Special Request post for Jon, who wrote very good-naturedly to ask, “You have much advice for women. Got any male-specific advice for the ABD, on-the-market sort of guy?” Jon went on to ask, “did you ever meet a promising job or … [Read more...] about Women Fail, But Men Bomb: A Special Request Post for Guys on the Market
Graduate students ramble. The question is not, do you ramble. The question is, why. I was on the phone with a client last week, working on interview responses for an upcoming fellowship interview, and for the first time, I understood the answer to … [Read more...] about Is That Your Final Answer? Or, Why Graduate Students Ramble
The best piece of advice about writing that I got as a graduate student came from my external Ph.D. committee member, a full professor in the English department. A poet and a romantic and undoubtedly a former or current pot smoker, he was much more … [Read more...] about Do. Or Do Not. There Is No Try. (Academic Writing and The Force)
This past week I did a handful of “Interview Bootcamp” sessions with clients, and will soon have many more. People are starting to look ahead hopefully to the pain and the glory of conference interviews and campus visits. And it got me thinking … [Read more...] about Interviewing and Confidence
Regular readers of this blog know that I use this space for focused advice for young academics on overcoming specific pitfalls and challenges in the academic career—how to write an abstract, apply for a grant, deal with a difficult advisor, etc. I … [Read more...] about Memo to Professors: How Useless Are You? Really?