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Job search

  1. 1. 研究生2.0站長 Job Application Experience
  2. 2. Timeline 1. 博班第四年  Be familiar with the application processes  Prepare all my materials  Know the market  Assess myself 2. 博班第五年 3. 博班第六年
  3. 3. Application timeline  Collect job information from Jan. (weekly check)  The Chronicle of Higher Education  Mailing list (by research association)  Identify those you want to apply and assess your chances (with your advisor)  Apply  Check if your referees send out letters  Check if your future employers receive it  First round of interview (conference or skype)  Campus interview
  4. 4. Mindset  Let the market define you  The marginal cost decreases when you apply for more jobs  Balance between job application and publication /writing your dissertation  You are a young scholar looking for a job like other American scholars  If you do not get hired, don’t go personal – it’s just not the best match for you
  5. 5. Materials  CV  Cover letter  2-3 reference letters  School’s personal webpage  (Two sample publications)  (Teaching philosophy)  (Teaching demonstration or evidence of teaching effectiveness)  (Transcripts)  (Syllabus)
  6. 6. Materials: CV  CV (Note: 1 minute quick view)  Education  Publication  Awards and fellowships  Teaching (and online teaching, guest speaker, mentoring RAs)  Research skills (Quantitative, qualitative, research software)  Collaboration  (Grant proposal writing experience)
  7. 7. Materials: Cover letter  Craft for each position  Your current status, graduation plan  Explain your achievement/qualification (what does it mean)  Dissertation (and findings)  Teaching (what courses you would like to teach)  Other things you can contribute to (and address their requirement)
  8. 8. Be organized  Job list  Job information for your referees
  9. 9. Conference/Skype interview  Prepare your elevator speech (1-3 minutes)  Know what they are looking for (job description, communication with search committee)  Handle questions intelligently  List courses you can teach (and they will be interested)  Show your enthusiasm (by asking questions and making connections)
  10. 10. Campus Interview  Know your agenda (especially who you are going to meet with)  Know everyone (and his/her research. Tip: Smart phone contact + Evernote)  Prepare your professional outfit: Dress like the job you are getting, not like the job you have  Prepare your job talk (preparation time: 2-3 weeks)  Leave sufficient connection time  Wear cozy but professional if someone will pick you up (in case your luggage does not arrive on time)
  11. 11. Job Talk  You can’t over-prepare your job talk  It’s a show worth a lot of money  It’s not your dissertation defense. Focus on big pictures, not nitty-gritty details  Three full rounds of practice  Write your script  Clearly state your findings, implications, and future directions (and how these can make contributions to the department)
  12. 12. Answering Questions  Thank you for their questions  They are not challenging you  Another way to show your research skills/teaching effectiveness  Clarify their questions  You do not have to have an answer
  13. 13. Meet with Professors/Dean  Do mock interviews (with Professors that are not very familiar with your research)  Be prepared to talk about your research for millions times  Let them lead the discussion  Comment on their research (positively)  find collaboration opportunity
  14. 14. Questions they may ask  Summarize your dissertation  Where do you see yourself in five years?  How does this position fit in with your overall short-term and medium-term career goals for yourself?  What is your research agenda in five years?  What courses do you plan to teach?  What is your teaching/online teaching/mentoring experience?  When will you get your degree?
  15. 15. Questions you can ask  Where do you see this department/program in 5 years?  Their expectation to this position  Why they came here (and why they stay)?  How do you like doing research/teaching here? How is it different from other university?  What’s the best thing about working here?  Where do other faculty live?  (Tenure review process, teaching loads, support for new faculty member)
  16. 16. Social events/meet with students  Prepared to be asked questions about your personal life  Ask them about their  learning  training  research  funding  career plan  housing
  17. 17. Follow-up/Thank you  Write follow-up/thank you email to EVERY faculty you have met. If possible, (slightly) customize each email  Short, but to the point
  18. 18. Other minor things  Think about what you eat and drink  Rest or keep yourself awake all day  Don’t drink (or at most one)  Don’t gossip
  19. 19. Reflection  Market yourself (rule of 3)  Start earlier  Career center  Inside jobs?  Be open
  20. 20. Resources  search-handbook