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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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: 519,451
  • 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

Introduction to the Fourth Edition

1. The Structure of Academic Careers
2. Hiring from the Institution's Point of View

3. Becoming a Job Candidate: The Timetable for Your Search
4. Deciding Where and When to Apply
5. The Importance of Advisors and Professional Networks
6. Conference Presentations and Networking
7. Letters of Recommendation
8. Learning About Openings

9. Responding to Position Announcements
10. Vitas
11. Additional Application Materials
12. Web Sites
13. Job Hunting Correspondence

14. Interviewing
15. Off-Site Interviews: Conference/Convention and Telephone Interviews
16. Campus Interviews
17. Job Offers, Negotiations, Acceptances, and Rejections

18. Starting the Job
19. Knowing About and Getting Tenure
20. Changing Jobs

21. Dual Career Couples, Pregnant on the Job Market, and Related Concerns
22. International Scholars, Older Candidates, Gaps in Your Vita
23. Thinking About the Expanded Job Market

1: National Job Listing Sources and Scholarly and Professional Associations
2: Additional Reading


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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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