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The Job Search

Academic Job Application Checklist
Written by Mary Corbin Sies for American studies students, this is a helpful checklist about the academic job application process.

Academic Job Interview Advice
Mary Corbin Sies's site covering on the academic job interview.

Academic Job Interview Questions
A solid list of practice questions for students preparing for the job interview.

ADE and ADFL Online Job Counseling
Whether you are a new graduate student wondering about the state of the job market or an advanced student ready for the first round of job applications, the ADE and ADFL Online Job Counseling will be a useful source of information. Topics range from what should be included in a c.v., how to write an outstanding cover letter, and how to plan for academic and nonacademic careers. The advice, provided by over seventy authors, is organized as responses to commonly asked questions under eight categories. The site also contains links to over thirty-five related articles from the electronic archives of the ADE Bulletin and the ADFL Bulletin.

The Chronicle of Higher Education Career Network
The Chronicle's "Career Network" is an excellent resource for graduate students on the job market. It contains graduate students' accounts of the job search in the column "First Hand," information on preparing and improving your c.v. from the "C.V. Doctor," and hundreds of academic and nonacademic job postings. While other portions of the Chronicle's site are password-protected, this section is available without a subscription.

Department of Germanic Studies, University of Texas
The University of Texas Department of Germanic Studies has a section on its Web site called "Professional Development," where you can find tips on MLA-convention interviews, building a c.v., and other topics related to professional development and the job search.

PhDJobs focuses on postgraduates looking for jobs. The organization also includes PHDJOBS-L (listserv), a resource for graduate students and PhDs in the humanities and social sciences who share an interest in exploring temporary and/or permanent employment opportunities beyond academe. It is an open and informal listserv, to which anyone can post job ads and useful information about job hunting, resume writing, interviewing, etc. To subscribe to PHDJOBS-L, send the message "SUBSCRIBE PHDJOBS-L First Name Last Name" to

Sellout: A Resource for PhDs Considering Careers beyond the University
This site, created by an English literature PhD who works in the software industry, is devoted to providing information about nonacademic careers.

So What Are You Going to Do with That?
This is a site for the book by the same title. It contains information about the book and resources for graduate students considering nonacademic careers.

VAULT.COM: The Insider Career Network
VAULT.COM is a career-development Web site aimed at people in their twenties and thirties. It is mainly geared toward corporate careers, but it has an article about PhDs leaving the academy.

This online discussion list was founded in 1999 as a forum for graduate students interested in nonacademic careers. The list is a moderated discussion hosted by professionals, either PhDs or ABDs in the humanities, who have careers outside the academy. This site includes past conversations, covering topics such as careers in technical writing, consulting, and publishing, and information on how to subscribe to the list.


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