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
What Not To Wear
Today I share some remarks by a tenured client, who just completed a search at her department, and wrote to tell me about it: "We just finished doing a job search here and an offer has been made. I wanted to share with you something the last … [Read more...] about What Not To Do at Your Campus Visit
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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
I missed my weekly Friday post yesterday because I had grand plans to make it a video post, but when I recorded the video, I couldn't get it to upload. I ended up delivering my little lecture on tailoring the job letter three times at different … [Read more...] about MLA Job Advice (A Guest Post)
I have a series of blog posts called How To Work the Conference Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. Here is a story from last week that shows why you should do what they say. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Dear Karen, I just attended the annual … [Read more...] about Working the Conference: A Letter from a Client
In response to pleas from clients with campus visit invitations, I am devoting the post today to a quick discussion of how to dress for campus visits , particularly in the cold weather. This post is for women (who present as women), since everyone … [Read more...] about How To Pack and Dress For Your Campus Visit (Inc. Cold-Weather Tips)
[Updated Sept 2021] Today’s post is a Special Request post for Digger, who asks, “how is a butch dyke to dress for a conference or campus interview?” She goes on, “I recently tried to girl-up my wardrobe, and it was pretty much a disaster … [Read more...] about How To Dress for an Interview as a Butch Dyke
(This post is an update of an earlier post, "How Not To Fuck Up Your Conference Interview." ) You have submitted your cover letter, your c.v., and your recommendations. And lo! You've been long short-listed, and invited for a conference interview! … [Read more...] about On To The Conference Interview!
A number of clients have asked me for a post on phone and Skype interviews, and I'm happy to oblige. There are some tricks of the trade for this kind of interview that can very helpful to know. Now, the standard preparation for interviews of … [Read more...] about Rocking the Phone/Skype Interview