7 Tips for an Academic Job Search


Finding Jobs—Review college/university websites as well as the website of your professional associations. Other options include higheredjobs.com, chroniclevitae.com and careers.insidehighered.com.

Do Your Research– Check-out the department as well as the faculty and read their publications. This will make it easier for you to demonstrate your match with the position.

Customize your CV and cover letter to the position— In a CV for a research institution you will have a different focus than when you are writing a CV for a teaching institution.

Develop a Tracking System—You will likely be applying to several institutions with different deadlines and application requirements so it will be helpful to develop a system such as an Excel spreadsheet to keep organized.

Get Ready for an Interview—Meet with a career advisor to practice the variety of questions that come up during the academic interview by going to www.du.edu/pioneercareers (see Appointments).

Visit the DU Writing Center—You will likely be asked to submit a Personal Statement or an autobiography as part of your application packet. Visit the Writing Center at Anderson Academic Commons or contact them at du.edu/writing/writingcenter for a consultation.

Have a Plan B–If the academic positions you have applied to do not work out, consider doing a Post-Doc. This will give you a chance to build your CV and develop new contacts.

For more ideas, schedule a meeting with a career advisor at Pioneer Careers  (see Appointments).


By Patty Hickman
Patty Hickman Director, Serves Graduate Students