The Academic Job Search Handbook / Edition 4

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For more than 15 years, The Academic Job Search Handbook has assisted job seekers in all academic disciplines in their search for faculty positions. The guide includes information on aspects of the search that are common to all levels, with invaluable tips for those seeking their first or second faculty position. This new edition provides updated advice and addresses hot topics in the competitive job market of today, including the challenges faced by dual-career couples, job search issues for pregnant candidates, and advice on how to deal with gaps in a CV. The chapter on alternatives to academic jobs has been expanded, and sample resumes from individuals seeking nonfaculty positions are included.

The book begins with an overview of the hiring process and a timetable for applying for academic positions. It then gives detailed information on application materials, interviewing, negotiating job offers, and starting the new job. Guidance throughout is aimed at all candidates, with frequent reference to the specifics of job searches in scientific and technical fields as well as those in the humanities and social sciences. Advice on seeking postdoctoral opportunities is also included.

Perhaps the most significant contribution is the inclusion of sample vitas. The Academic Job Search Handbook describes the organization and content of the vita and includes samples from a variety of fields. In addition to CVs and research statements, new in this edition are a sample interview itinerary, a teaching portfolio, and a sample offer letter. The job search correspondence section has also been updated, and there is current information on Internet search methods and useful websites.

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"If one needs a guide, this is the best."—The Nation

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812220162
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/28/2008
  • Edition description: Fourth Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 252,235
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Julia Miller Vick is Senior Associate Director and Jennifer S. Furlong is Associate Director of Career Services at the University of Pennsylvania. They are coauthors of the Chronicle of Higher Education online column Career Talk.
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Table of Contents

I What You Should Know Before You Start

1 The Structure of Academic Careers 5

2 Hiring from the Institution's Point of View 10

II Planning and Timing Your Search

3 Becoming a Job Candidate: The Timetable for Your Search 19

4 Deciding Where and When to Apply 24

5 The Importance of Advisors and Professional Networks 31

6 Conference Presentations and Networking 36

7 Letters of Recommendation 40

8 Learning About Openings 45

III Written Materials for the Search: Suggestions and Samples

9 Responding to Position Announcements 51

10 Vitas 52

11 Additional Application Materials 117

12 Web Sites 148

13 Job Hunting Correspondence 153

IV Conducting the Search

14 Interviewing 177

15 Off-Site Interviews: Conference/Convention and Telephone Interviews 187

16 Campus Interviews 194

17 Job Offers, Negotiations, Acceptances, and Rejections 204

V After You Take the Job

18 Starting the Job 219

19 Knowing About and Getting Tenure 225

20 Changing Jobs 229

VI Additional Considerations

21 Dual Career Couples, Pregnant on the Job Market, and Related Concerns 235

22 International Scholars, Older Candidates, Gaps in Your Vita 246

23 Thinking About the Expanded Job Market 251

App. 1 National Job Listing Sources and Scholarly and Professional Associations 269

App. 2 Additional Reading 281

Index 285

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2009

    Good book

    Hi, due to the actual situation I have been trying to get a job in the Academic Area and the 'The Academic Job Search Handbook' has been very helpful. I also tried where I have been contacted directly with employer websites and a lot other jobs.

    Now, tanks to both recurses I have options to select from, hopefully this book will help me with my CV, and the vary proposals I have from the Hound site.

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