All good programs must come to an end (bad programs as well, but that’s another matter…) and then we begin the difficult and exciting hunt for jobs! Here we’ve provided some links to academic job-search databases, web resources for career planning and prep, and some links to essays and articles about all aspects of the job search.
What Does WMU Offer?
Career and Student Employment Services at Western Michigan University offers employment services, career fairs, career advising, campus employment, resume writing, cover letter assistance, and job search strategies. Our mission is to empower students to develop the skills necessary for reaching their career goals. Check out the CSES website or stop in to speak with an advisor or counselor!
BroncoJobs: WMU’s jobs database, for students to find and apply for full-time, part-time, and on-campus job and internships and to sign up for interviews.
Job Search Databases
HigherEdJobs — a comprehensive listing of faculty, admin, staff, and exec jobs at universitys and community colleges, searchable by job type, field, region, etc.
First Time on the Market? — The Chronicle of Higher Ed’s FANTASTIC web aggregation of articles and advice columns dedicated to every aspect of the job search, as well as a link to The Chronicle’s jobs database.
MLA ADE list — database of jobs advertised by the Modern Languages Association — Associated Departments of English. Registration / login required.
H-Net (Humanities and Social Sciences) Job Guide — listing of jobs posted in the Humanities and Social Sciences
Articles, Essays, and other Resources
General and Discipline-Specific Collections
Careers, Networking, and Professional Development — a collection of web articles published by the journals of the American Political Science Association
Career Resources for PhD Students, courtesy of Columbia University’s Center for Career Education — advice on job search, dossiers, marketing yourself, networking, etc.
Academia or Non-Academia?
- Sarita Jackson’s advice (on “The Professor Is In”) about how to begin pursuing post-academic careers: “Questioning Your Future in Academia?”
- Ashley Sanders’s advice on “Going Alt-Ac: How to Begin.”
- Hester Blum’s collection of advice on Seeking a Job in Academe, from applying to the campus visit.
- Alt-Academix: Blog resource with lots of information for graduate students seeking alt-ac jobs
- Nate Kreuter’s essay on “Having a Contingency Plan” — keeping your employment options open during your time as a PhD student.
- Karen Kelsky’s essay on “alt-ac” (alternative academic) career paths: “Need Advice on a Nonacademic Career? Don’t Ask Me”
- Brenda Bethman and C. Shaun Longstreet’s essay on preparing for academic OR alt-ac careers: “The Alt-Ac Track“
- L. Maren Wood and Beatrice Gurwitz’s essay asking “Who Prepares Humanities Ph.D.s for a Nonacademic Search?”
- Non-Academic jobs for Ph.D.s in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Disciplines, courtesy of Columbia University’s Center for Career Education
- Non-Academic jobs for Ph.D.s in the Humanities and Social Sciences, courtesy of Columbia University’s Center for Career Education
- From the New York Times, “The Repurposed Ph.D.: Finding Life After Academia”
- Brandy Schillace’s essay in InsideHigherEd about her experience after 6 years of alt-ac employment: “The Rogue Scholar Strikes a Balance.”
Professional Documents and Job Search Materials
- Andrea Zellner’s “Seven Tips for Writing Better Emails”
- Eszter Hargittai’s article, “The Ever-Evolving CV,” on keeping your curriculum vitae current (and good general advice for setting up / organizing a C.V., too!)
- A list of possible reasons as to “Why Your Job Cover Letter Sucks,” courtesy of The Professor Is In. Read with a healthy sense of humor 🙂
- Bill Sullivan’s advice for writing a “Killer Cover Letter” for a postdoc application.
- Katie Shives’s blog post on turning an academic CV into a resume.
- A reminder from “The Professor Is In” to be specific in your cover letter… show, don’t tell.
- Andrew Zellner’s advice on getting involved in “Academic Peer Reviewing as a Graduate Student.”
- Graham Bennett and Jason Lindsey’s Chronicle essay, “Just What is a Dossier?”
The Interview and After
- ***NEW*** Ashley Sanders’s advice on “10 Steps to Interview with Confidence.”
- Kelly Hanson’s advice on “Making the Most of Your Department’s Hiring Process.”
- Sarah Ann Fleming’s list of possible QUESTIONS you might be asked in an academic interview, and questions you might think to ask. Very useful!
- Katherine Ellison’s “The Active Interview,” an essay on actively shaping a conversation with your interview committee.
- Julie Platt’s short essay on “Navigating the Campus Visit.“
- H. William Rice’s essay on building “Conversational Rapport” during a job interview.
Got the Job… Now What???
- David Perlmutter’s advice essay on “The Good Hello”– managing a smooth transition from your degree program to your new academic job.
- David Perlmutter’s post on “Knowing the Vital Players in Your Career: the Department Chair,” about deciphering a department head’s duties and motivations.
- Dr. Karen (of “The Professor Is In”) posts and responds to an email written by a female colleague trying to negotiate for higher salary and benefits… good advice for all women on the market: “Stop Negotiating Like a Girl.”
More Good Stuff
- Ashley Sanders’s blog post on what to do “When All Else Fails” — i.e. when you’ve had an unsuccessful year on the job market.
- Check out Ashley Wiersma’s GradHacker post, “The Job Market Maze,” on beginning to navigate the job market in the summer.
- Laura Wilson’s article on “Building Your Personal Brand While in College” as a way to receive better job offers.
- A Q&A about Frank Furstenberg’s book, Behind the Academic Curtain, on planning and building your post-grad career while still in school.
- GradHacker’s list of gift for grads going into professional life… meant to be a holiday gift list, but it’s good year round: “Gifts for Grads: Professional.”