(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
Today's post is a Special Request post for a reader who shall remain anonymous. Her question concerns how to tailor her letter and c.v. for different jobs. Here's the background: She is a Victorian literature specialist and on the job market in … [Read more...] about Editing Your C.V. and Letter for Teaching/Writing Positions
Today’s post is a Special Request post for Amy, who wishes to know how the standard “dissertation” paragraph of the job letter should be adapted when the writer is well beyond dissertation stage. This is a good question! Applying for jobs … [Read more...] about Job Letter Issues When You’re Beyond the Dissertation
Today's post is short. It's about the Research Statement. There's undoubtedly a lot to say about Research Statements. But Dr. Karen doesn't have time today, because she's submerged in client work with looming deadlines. So this post is simply going … [Read more...] about The Golden Rule of the Research Statement
The fellowship season is upon us, and I'm working with clients on all sorts of grants and fellowships. As part of that process I'm spending a lot of time talking people through the Dr. Karen Foolproof Grant Template. I won't repeat the template … [Read more...] about The Foolproof Grant Template–Where Did It Come From?
Some feminists don't like the Dr. Karen method. By the Dr. Karen method I mean my practice of telling women to stop acting “like girls” and to start learning to recognize and master the codes of power and authority that operate in academic settings, … [Read more...] about Stop Acting Like a Girl! A Response to Feminist Critics
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
Today's post is a Guest Post by Kristen Ghodsee, John S. Osterweis Associate Professor of Gender and Women's Studies, and Director of the Gender and Women's Studies Program, at Bowdoin College. I originally got in touch with Kristen to … [Read more...] about Wanted: The Academic Equivalent of the “Pretty Girl Rock”