Define your Path.
Individual Development Plan (IDP): The American Association for the Advancement of Science website allows for self-assessment and creating career goals specifically for PhDs in the sciences to facilitate their academic career path and reach their goals.
Search for Opportunities.
Network. Build your professional network through informational interviewing. Not sure what to ask? Here is a list of questions to help you prepare.
Utilize social media such as LinkedIn, ResearchGate or Academia.edu to create an online presence and network with others in your field
- US Institution search
- International Institutions
- Community College finder
- Academic Job Wikis
- What if I’ve never heard of this place? A 30 min search for job seekers
Create search agents on niche websites such as:
Prepare your Materials for Applications.
This will include your CV, cover letter, a teaching philosophy and research statement or plan. For guidance on the CV – see The Professor Is In blog archive
Prepare for Interviews.
InterviewStream is an online free for all Reynolda campus students to help you prepare for your interview.
Negotiate your Offer.
See Salary Negotiation on the Career Resources Portal.
Job Talk Tips.
- Prepare your Job Talk.
- Rules of the Job Talk
- Choosing Your Ideal Career in Science, Bill Lindstaedt, MS
- Put Your PhD to Work: Planning for a Successful Career in Science Philip Clifford, PhD
- Your PhD and Beyond: Strategies for Surviving and Thriving Natalie Lundsteen, PhD
- Applying for a PostDoc Job: 18 tips for a successful application
- 10 Simple Rules for Selecting a Postdoctoral Position