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Check out our Career Strategies Guide for PhDs & Postdocs. This guide provides advice for students interested in pursuing both faculty jobs and careers beyond academia. From beginning your search to evaluating and negotiating job offers, this guide helps you along your career path. 

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Contents include

Career Strategies Guide for PhDs & Postdocs

  • Part I: Finding Meaningful Work: Exploring Assessments, Informational Interviews and Networking, LinkedIn Profile Basics
  • Part II: Job Search Beyond Academia: Finding Open Positions, Resumes, Cover Letters, Interviews, Negotiation, Interviewing by Phone and Video
  • Part III: The Academic Job Search: Timeline and Components, CVs, Cover Letters, Additional Dossier Materials, Interviews, Campus Visits, Job Talks, Negotiation
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Ready to take some action? 

You can start your career development at any time. Check out our recommendations for key steps and some of the articles and guides to get you started.

Apply your research skills to your own life. 

Researching and experimenting with different career paths keep your options open and your perspective intact. 

  • Gather information about the world of work, test out opportunities, and evaluate your experience to determine where you go next. 
  • Use job descriptions as a way into understanding what you care about and want to do next.  

Recognize that experience comes from, and cuts across, many roles and contexts.

Build a network of allies and advocates. 

Ask for strategies and guidance from those who’ve reached the places you want to get to. Reconnect with your existing network to find out what’s happening in the world of work, and update them on your interests and plans. People like to help, especially in tough moments. Grow your network with new contacts through informational interviews. Get to know them and let them get to know you. 

Identify your transferable skills. Keep track of the value you bring to future employers. 

Perhaps you won’t be doing the same work in the future that you do now. What do employers value? Your transferable expertise. It’s not so much what you’ve done but how you’ve done it, and how you’ve done it well.