The Ultimate Job Market Guide

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Going on the job market is stressful and confusing. I have been working on a new course here at OSU called The PhD Job Market – the syllabus draft can be seen here. It is going up through the levels in terms of approvals; it should be offered in Spring 2014. But with all of the recent controversy about W and the rescinded job offer (see Inside Higher Ed, Slate, and the original post), I decided to post my suggested Job Market reading list here.  Check it out – and let me know if you have any suggestions.

photo credit: Jillian Corinne via photopin cc

photo credit: Jillian Corinne via photopin cc

Books referred to below:

  • The Academic Job Search Handbook (AJSH), 4th Edition by Julia Miller Vick and Jennifer S. Furlong
  • “So What Are You Going to Do with That?”: Finding Careers Outside Academia (SW) by Susan Basalla and Maggie Debelius

I also include presentations from the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity library.  You need to join NCFDD to access these resources. It is free to join if you are at a place with an institutional membership.  Go to: and chose “Institutional Sub Account Membership”.

Reflect on what you really want for a future career

Academic jobs; Jobs at different kinds of institutions; Postdocs

Nonacademic jobs

Finding jobs

  • The Importance of Advisors and Professional Networks (Chapter 5) in AJSH
  • Conference Presentations and Networks (Chapter 6) in AJSH
  • Learning about Openings (Chapter 8) in AJSH
  • Testing the Waters: Information Interviews and Internships (Chapter 3) in SW
  • Making it Past the First Round by Rob Jenkins
  • Conducting the International Job Search by Katrina Gulliver

Cover letters

Research statements/teaching statements/diversity statements

Reference letters

CVs/resumes and your online web presence

Skype/Phone/Conference interviews

Campus interview

Job talk

Teaching demonstration

Job offer

Gender, race, family, location, and the job market

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