ERIC Number: ED412476
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Aug
The Process of Finding Your First Academic Position.
Nelson, Michelle R.
Graduate students face a myriad of tasks as they prepare to enter the academic job market. Tips on how to complete a successful job search--from advice about preparing application materials and finding available positions to knowledge about what to expect during the interview--are provided in this paper. It opens with a discussion of applicant personality and how departments are looking for individuals who will "fit" into their departmental culture. The application process is then described, with the admonition that candidates be aware of their wants and needs. Tips for preparing the curriculum vita are offered, including suggestions on format, content, and emphasis, followed by a discussion of where the jobs are. Once potential job sites are located, the applicant must gather materials, such as official transcripts, letters of recommendation, evidence of teaching scholarship, and writing samples. When targeting a department, applicants should know their audience and craft their application materials accordingly. If an interview is offered, the candidate can expect various processes to ensue, depending on the type of school, and some interview scenarios are presented. Tips on what to ask during interviews and how to follow up after the visit are offered. (RJM)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (105th, Chicago, IL, August 15-19, 1997).