A few weeks ago I discontinued (temporarily, I hope) my skype career consultations, particularly those related to the fraught question of whether or not to leave academia. I discontinued these because I've been dealing with a health issue that, … [Read more...] about The Decision to Leave Academia: A Dialogue with Chris Humphrey of Jobs on Toast
An expanded and updated version of this post can now be found in Chapter 25 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 The Weepy Teaching Statement: Just Say No
I'm sending out this extra blog post this week to let you know about the new Campus Visit Webinar tomorrow, Wednesday 1/16 at 2 PM Pacific/5 PM EST/22:00 GMT. I'm really excited about this new webinar, which I've been contemplating for many months. … [Read more...] about What You’ll Learn in the Campus Visit Webinar
This email from a client, following on an Interview Bootcamp with Kellee, is an insightful articulation of the ways that anxieties, resentments, and insecurities about your work and the profession can seep into your ability to prepare for and perform … [Read more...] about The Baggage We Bring: An Email From A Bootcamp Client
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
I am hereby answering the question of the hour/day/year: how should you address search committee members in an interview? You know of course that I am continually railing against job candidates acting like grad students. And addressing search … [Read more...] about How Do I Address Search Committee Members?
You do not ask if there is an inside candidate. I don’t care if you strongly suspect that there is, and have good reason to believe the whole damned search is a completely pointless charade because they obviously already have somebody chosen….it … [Read more...] about How Do I Ask If There Is An Inside Candidate?
Sometimes readers send me "reports from the front" of the job searches in their departments. Last week I got this report from a former client who wanted to tell me about how a young ABD candidate prevailed over a much more experienced Rising … [Read more...] about Do Your Homework! A Live Report From a Job Search
Today's post is by Kellee Weinhold, who shares her insights after taking over the Interview Bootcamps in November. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ After a few weeks of interview bootcamps, I must admit to a bit of academic PTSD. More … [Read more...] about The Value of the Interview Bootcamp
Today's post is a Guest Post submitted by a reader of the blog named Phyllis Rippeyoung. Phyllis is an Associate Professor with tenure, and wrote in with a comment about "Imposter Syndrome." I responded by asking her if she'd be willing to write a … [Read more...] about The Imposter Syndrome, or, as my Mother told me: “Just Because Everyone Else is an Asshole, it Doesn’t Make you a Fraud.” (A Guest Post)