ERIC Number: ED402873
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Getting an Academic Job: Strategies for Success. Survival Skills for Scholars, Volume 17.
Kronenfeld, Jennie Jacobs; Whicker, Marcia Lynn
This guide offers practical advice on successfully finding an academic job. The first chapter outlines factors that affect the academic job search, including demographic trends, the general state of the economy and prevailing political climate, the need for cultural diversity on academic faculties, conditions within specific academic disciplines, politics and competition at the job applicant's Ph.D. institution, and the applicant's background and assets. Chapter 2 discusses the process of searching for a job. Sources of information about job opportunities, job application strategies, and the preparation of the curriculum vita and cover letter are discussed. Appendices give sample curriculum vitaes and letters. Chapter 3 covers the job interview and presentation. Chapter 4 gives strategies for landing the right job and tactics for negotiating with prospective employers. Chapter 5 offers advice to dual-career couples and senior academics and discusses nonacademic positions. The last chapter presents checklists of "do's" and "don'ts" of job searching. The "do's" of successful job searches include accurate evaluation of assets, making an effort to overcome weaknesses, working with advisers and senior colleagues to obtain interviews, and practicing the interview presentation. The "don'ts" include underestimating the competition, pretending to be someone one is not, and putting others down. (Contains 33 references.) (PRW)
Descriptors: Career Counseling, Career Development, Career Guidance, Career Planning, College Faculty, Employment, Employment Interviews, Employment Opportunities, Higher Education, Job Applicants, Job Application, Job Search Methods, Labor Market
Sage Publications, Inc., 2455 Teller Rd., Newbury Park, CA 91320; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (paperback: ISBN-0-8039-7015-3; hardcover: ISBN-0-8039-7014-5).
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Students; Practitioners
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