A primer on the jargon of the academic-job market, aimed at early-career scholars preparing for their first search.
As “headhunters,” we may be able to clarify things for you about an executive search, but we’re not going to coach you.
It’s not just a written record of your credentials. It’s an argument in favor of you. Draft it with that in mind.
Sometimes the financial health of your institution can matter more than whether your position allows you to seek tenure.
All sorts of magical thinking can distort the realities of the tenure-track job hunt.
For many professors, the possibility of changing departments triggers uncertainties that are not always easy or possible to resolve.
Ask your potential department for what you deserve (within reason), whether or not you have the leverage of a second job offer.
You don’t want the search committee to think you sound like a panicked undergraduate trying to explain why a paper is late.
You’ve already interviewed with the whole search committee in Round 1. Why do you have to repeat that exercise in Round 2?
For academic leaders — especially during a job search — transparency and honesty about your career must rule the day.
A professor who had always resisted the call takes his first steps on the administrative path.
When hiring committees take job candidates out to eat, cultural anxiety is often on the table, too.
If it seems as if you’re just kicking the tires, your candidacy will fall flat.
A CV and a cover letter are not just redundant vehicles for the same information.
Here’s why you should always assume that everyone you meet on a campus visit may have a say in who gets the job.
Calling or emailing ahead of time might seem like a good way to get information about the place, but it’s more than a little risky.
A temporary leadership gig can elevate your career prospects, or sink them entirely.
In a campus visit, you are assessed on your adherence to social scripts expected of you in that setting.
A job candidate wonders how to decide which of two offers to accept when both have drawbacks.
Instead of being a deal breaker, a mistake on a cover letter should be a chance to build trust on the search committee.