Posts Tagged job

You’re Hired! Now What?

To all those who graduated, or are very close – be aware that buyers remorse isn’t exclusive to material items… It exists in the world of hiring management too!  You finally land a job – start it off right by maintaining the first impression you worked so hard to set.

According to a post by David Perlmutter in The Chronicle of Higher Education:

  1. Be thankful you got the job and don’t drop off the face of the planet once you get the green light.
  2. Respond to “Welcome Emails” from colleagues – you need their support and they need our support.
  3. Don’t compare the old to the new – no one wants to hear it!
  4. You still have to prepare – it is obvious when you don’t.  Teaching Chem 101 won’t be exactly the same.

Congratulations! You have a job!  Now, remember that first impression got you the job will help you keep it!

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Cover Letters

Take it from someone (Karen Kelsky, aka, The Professor) who has read approx 2200 cover letters: YOUR COVER LETTER PROBABLY STINKS!  Below, I have highlighted some some errors many students make straight from her amazing and seriously helpful site – The Professor Is In.

-Too long
-Not on letter head
-Doesn’t follow business letter etiquette
-Contains way to much info on your dissertation
-You label yourself as a student (rather than colleague)

Relate to some of these common mistakes? For more reasons your cover letter   probably stinks – and HOW to make it BETTER, check out the Professor’s blog article.

Check out the CV Writing workshop coming up at UT Arlington!

June 12 @ 12:30 p.m.

Room 303, Chemistry and Physics Building

Register on the EDGE site. FREE LUNCH!

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Peer Educator Positions Available!

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Making Your Internship Count

First off – here is a link to the full guide from the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Here are a few good points:

1. GET ORGANIZED – Ask your supervisor about the skills you should expect to learn.  Ask for a meeting to create a list of learning outcomes; this way, both you and your supervisor know what is expected and there are no miscommunications.  The point of an internship is to get a feel for the work and to gain useful experience.  If you make coffee, run errands, and pick up dog poo (ok, extreme example) then you aren’t getting the life lessons you deserve.  If you are already stuck in an internship much like the one described above, then a 15-minute meeting could really turn things around or set you on the path to finding a new opportunity.

2. REPORT BACK – Find out who you report to and then…. report!  Make sure your team knows about your contributions.  If you are successful, then excellent.  If you need more guidance, they will be able to provide it before you veer too far off track.

3.  PLAN YOUR CAREER – Ask co-workers, peers, and network contacts what professional organizations they affiliate with, what parts of the job the like the most, where they plan to move next in their careers, and how they plan to get there.  There is no better career advice then someone with the job you want.

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Quality Career Advice: “Think About It”

What new Ph.D.s need to do to survive, Long said, is to think about…

1. Analogies: how do their skills fit in other parts of the academy?
2. Resilience: preparing for a long haul
3. Entrepreneurship: thinking of jobs that don’t currently exist

- Strategic Job Hunting from Inside Higher Ed

In other words… there doesn’t have to be a job posting for you to get a job, and that job doesn’t absolutely have to be a teaching job to be of the academic nature. DO NOT SETTLE.  Traditional pathways are not the only pathways and most take too much time before promotion and career progression resulting in a miserable 40 hours+ work week.  There are so many wonderful positions that require research, creativity, intuition, knowledge and practice of the scientific method, and BRAINS that volunteering to wear one-track career blinders is borderline insane.

The “anything but tenure track is failure” model is no longer accurate.  So – give it up.  Put it away. Start looking towards what exactly you want to do, based on internal values, goals, and desires unique to you and NOT based on outdated interpretations of stature and success.  Meet with a career counselor, attend edge programs, or email me (  Take, at the least, a minimum amount of time to discover career possibilities.

Separate the expected from the truly valued.

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Giving Employers Applications They Want

In their article, “Just What Is a Dossier?” Graham Bennett and Jason Lindsey detail the conundrum of tailoring applications to vague job descriptions.

Some wise words from those who know what it feels like to swim in an ocean of applicants:

“Our job is not to adjust our application materials to respond to needs at which we can only guess, but to present our own determinate scholarly identities in such an attractive way that some department will open the envelope and see, not just our past accomplishments, but its own promising future.”

Graham Bennett and Jason Lindsey

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Post-Doc Season has Arrived

The Institute for Broadening Participation (supported by NSF and NASA) has just started gearing gearing up for their annual reminder to students and mentors about upcoming post-doctoral openings.  Search em’ and see what you find.  Check back often because institutions are still in the process of submitting new openings to IBP.

The early bird gets the funding!

IBP is dedicated to helping students successfully pursue careers in the sciences– particularly underrepresented students.

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