Not getting the hits you want from numerous job applications you’ve submitted? There’s no magic bullet to getting a job offer – it can take a month to find the right job or it could take 12 months. External factors such as industry hiring cycles can stretch out the time from job search to job offer. However, there may be some areas of your search that are holding you back. 1. Review the types of jobs you’re applying to. Are they a good fit for you? Do you actually have examples of using these skills or doing things similar to those listed in the “essential responsibilities” section? In any job search you should apply for jobs that stretch you a bit. You do not have to have every single skill or know every piece of software listed in the job ad. However, [...]
Graduate students and recent graduates who are considering nonfaculty careers are in a unique position to take advantage of career jumpstart programs. Career jumpstart programs, as I call them, are fellowships, internships, externships and other experiential learning opportunities that provide participants with hands on work experience in a target career field. These short-term paid and unpaid opportunities can range from 10-week summer programs to two-year work experiences. They provide the critical work related experience that PhD job seekers need to develop relevant job skills, grow their professional networks and gain exposure to the world of work. These practical experiences can be significant launching points for career paths that PhD job seekers and their advisors may not have considered. Here is a brief list of career jumpstart programs for graduate students and recent graduates in the social sciences, humanities, and STEM. Many of these [...]
http://youtu.be/nl393d4wzXM If not academia, then what? Career exploration for PhDs Here's a list of common and emerging sectors: nonprofit, philanthropy, government, legal, marketing/PR, communications, business/strategy, consulting, operations, management, public safety and security services, social entrepreneurship, social impact careers What others would you add to this list? Let us know in the comments section.