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Self-Sabotage in the Academic Career - Manage Your Career. By Robert J. Sternberg Pogo recognized long ago that we often are our own worst enemies. Sure, he was a cartoon character, but he had a point—­especially in higher education, where self-sabotage seems to be a standard characteristic of academic careers. In my 30 years as a professor, five years as a dean, and three years as a provost, I have observed many academics harm their own careers, often without realizing it. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. Robert J. Surviving as a Postdoc. For many of us, the postdoc period coincides with the stage of life when we are becoming real grown-ups. We may be paying mortgages and balancing the demands of partners and new families. At the same time, we are working to build our careers and establish academic independence, pouring an enormous amount of dedication and hard work into publications, grant proposals, scientific presentations, and teaching duties.

Coupled with this is the uncertainty of not knowing how long our jobs will last, because the majority of us are employed on “soft money” as we await the fulfillment of the remote dream of a permanent faculty job. This cauldron of pressures leads us to become superb jugglers, but it can also make us feel like we're giving neither our families nor our work responsibilities the attention they deserve. I write this piece to share my experience and to offer tips on how to make it through this early phase of a research career. Maintain optimism and enthusiasm Collaborate and network. Understanding the hidden job market | The Careers Blog. 70% of all vacancies are never advertised, or so the story goes. This figure has been quoted for as long as I’ve worked in careers and I’m not sure anyone knows exactly where it comes from. In many ways it doesn’t really matter whether it’s 7% or 70% as long as you factor this ‘hidden’ side of the job market into your job search strategy.

If you’re spending all your time on job portals (good as they are) you’re potentially missing out. By dedicating a small fraction of your time to unearthing unadvertised vacancies you may well find a wider range of opportunities than advertised vacancies alone. Here’s an interesting anecdote: when the economy is thriving and employers are hiring like gangbusters the hidden job market shrinks. Why don’t employers advertise their vacancies? By far the majority of ‘hidden’ opportunities are concentrated within the SME sector, which to many students and graduate is equally hidden, despite accounting for 99% of all British businesses. They don’t need to. How to Effectively Use Twitter as a Job Search Resource. In the age of social media, we have countless outlets for job searching. Platforms such as LinkedIn are the first to come to mind, but can candidates use Twitter to find jobs as well?

This past Thursday the HR teams at Twitter and NPR collaborated in the first live #NPRTwitterChat aimed at helping job seekers use social media as a job search tool. The chat was centered on six questions that received over 800 tweets from industry professionals all over the U.S., and even some from New Zealand and the UK. Below is a recap of the topics covered in the chat as well as tips you can use in your own job search. To see a cool Storify roundup of the live chat, check out Amplify Talent, the blog run by NPR's Senior Director of Talent Acquisition and Innovation, Lars Schmidt. How to Find a Job Using Twitter The live chat started with a general inquiry into how to use the Twitter platform for job searching. The following are some of the other themes that came up during the live chat. TruBaltics, An Unconference on Recruitment. #TruBaltics Today I attended #TruBaltics one of the Tru Conferences on recruitment.

The Recruiting Unconferences are a series of pure unconferences organised worldwide, where the emphasis is on conversation, communication and the free exchange of ideas and experiences, (dis)organized by Bill Boorman. These unconferences have four simple rules: No PresentationsNo PowerPointNo Name BadgesNo Pitching The driving forces behind this edition of Tru seemed to be Aki Kakko and Ruta Klyvyte. The topic of recruitment is very new to me, so this was a quick way for me to get an overview of the topics that people are worrying about and be more at the edge than if I’d gone to an event organized by Bersin for example.

Job board versus social Mike Sandiford explained how in the UK people are declaring the job board dead. One participant in the track argued strongly against using job boards at all. Value-based interviewing (as opposed to skill-based) My employer has done something similar: Employer branding 2.0. What Recruiters Really Want to See on Your CV. Indiana Logan, a Senior Recruitment Consultant at the Graduate Recruitment Bureau, shares some advice and insider knowledge for graduates looking to get into the world of Recruitment. 1) As a senior recruitment consultant, what are the first things you look for in an applicant when recruiting? As a graduate recruiter you can receive a huge volume of applications for just one role and so you need to have a clear list of essential skills or experience that are a prerequisite for the role.

The first thing I do is briefly scan to see which of these they tick. If they tick most of the boxes then I will usually call them as soon as possible or read further into their CV. Things I look for in their CV are minimum educational requirements, relevant experience, a desire to do the job I am advertising and the ability to work in that location. From an applicant’s perspective, they can identify this list from the job ad and any information they have about the company.

Call first! Be proactive! 52 questions scientists should ask before accepting a job : Nature Jobs Blog. For most of us, there’s no such thing as the perfect job offer. Even when we have an ideal in mind, when it comes to real life opportunities, there is usually some sort of compromise involved. At the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), taking place in Boston this week, career development expert and Executive Director of Addgene, Joanne Kamens, spoke about the kinds of questions all scientists should ask of a new opportunity to find out if it’s right for them.

Most importantly, Kamens says, remember that taking on a new job is not the final decision – you can always change your mind, or move on to other things if it’s not for you. But asking the right questions before making that decision means you can base your choices on rational thinking rather than gut feelings. What should I be looking for in a job? The most important thing for job satisfaction, contrary to popular belief, is not salary but engagement. How big is it? What about the money? What Doors Does a Ph.D. in History Open? - Manage Your Career.

By L. Maren Wood I recently went to dinner with six friends to talk careers. We all have Ph.D.'s in the humanities, but only one of us is working as a tenured professor. Of the remaining five: One of us started in a tenure-track job but left to find more satisfying work and better pay as an international insurance consultant. We gathered at a Washington, D.C., restaurant to chat with our out-of town friend, the only one with a tenured position. The problem we faced—how to leverage a humanities Ph.D. into a meaningful nonacademic career—is a fate shared by thousands of Ph.D.' I completed my Ph.D. in American history in 2009. The math is depressing enough if one assumes that only new Ph.D.' All of which is why many Ph.D.' Most history departments, it turns out, do not track the career outcomes of their alumni. Few departments bother to track their Ph.D.' The lack of accurate career-outcome data is problematic because it leads too many professors to believe that their Ph.D.' So where do Ph.D.'

Early career researchers making their own luck – with help from the internet | Higher Education Network | Guardian Professional. "What in the world is a historian doing at an internet institute? " It's a question I've been asked many times – by colleagues, students and friends – and one that I've asked myself more than once too. For the past four years, I have been working at a research centre dedicated to understanding the societal implications of the internet. The research my colleagues are engaged in is rooted in the here and now, the very recent past, and often the future.

I'm feel very lucky, but as this recent blog post by Sarah Werner (@wynkenhimself) suggests, sometimes you have to make your own luck and keep an open mind as you develop your academic career. How did I get here? When I started my doctorate, you still had to fill out book requests at the Bodleian Library on slips of paper, and most of my peers took notes at lectures and seminars using a notebook – the sort you write in with a pen. It turned out to be a huge turning point in my academic career. 4 Ways for Moms to Break Back into a Career. Many women are faced with a tough hiring road if they have left the workforce to raise children. A resume that ends five years ago like an abrupt sandstone cliff won’t bring many interviews.

So, how can moms break back into a career? Here are four strategies that can get you hired: Embrace The Internet One of the best ways to re-enter the workforce if you have left it to raise a family is to demonstrate to prospective employers you are Internet savvy. Four ways to do this include: Start a blogLearn about social media rather than just using social mediaMake yourself the mobile queenAdd online training or education Embracing technology and making it your passion is one of the best ways to access the growing market of flexible career options.

Take Momma Viral Starting a blog is one of the best ways to demonstrate to a perspective employer you are a self-starter and a hard worker in addition to being computer literate. A good blog requires a lot of work and organization. The Key to Finding a Job After a Long Career Break. Dear J.T. & Dale: I am an IT professional with more than 20 years’ experience. I took a career break in 2005 to care for my mother and eventually wind up her estate. In all, that lasted 30 months. I then returned to look for work in 2008, just when the job market hit rock bottom. Since then I have been unable to find work. I would like your advice on how best to word this in my resume. -Tony DALE: Well, Tony, I hate to say it, but we need to face facts: There is no best way. In IT, perhaps more than any other field, being out of the work force for even half a year can be a major concern for employers.

And that is no idle concern – I just looked at a chronology of tech events and saw the last year you were employed, 2005, was the year that the first YouTube video was uploaded and Pandora was launched. You already were out of the work force when the first tweet was tweeted and when the HD DVD, the iPhone and the Wii were introduced. The answer, as it is so often, is networking. 12 Critical Books if you’re Going Self-Employed. Below you will find a collection of self-employment books that I recommend: One of the really great value self-employment books from my very own marketing mentor, Ian Brodie, who specialises in straight talking marketing advice for consultants, coaches and other professionals. Heather’s book shows that we often misunderstand what effective networking really involves and gives some practical steps you can take to make your networking work for you.

Mike Harris’ book is insightful and inspirational. It feels like a privilege to be learning the secrets of how to make a business idea successful from someone who has achieved so much. I found this one of the most easy to read self-employment books. It has some very simple but powerful ideas on how to become a key person of influence in your industry. David Allen is the guru of stress-free productivity. One of the self-employment books that focuses on coaching. Top of my personal list of self-employment books. ProTips for academic job talks - academic jobtalk job. Dr. Karen’s (Partial) Rules of the Job Talk. I’ve been asked by many readers to write about the Job Talk. I’ve resisted doing this because I believe that by the time you are writing your job talk, any meaningful advice has to be completely personalized.

In other words, general rules about job talks would have to be so general as to be of minimal value. And valuable rules about your job talk can only be delivered personally. I read job talks as part of my work here at TPII, and I’m convinced that on one occasion at least, my intervention saved a candidate from certain failure. She went on, with a new job talk revamped to showcase her authority and expertise, and proceeded to get the offer.

This morning, when asked again for a post on job talks, I began to think about what I corrected in that particular case, and a few others. So, in no particular order, I present a preliminary list of Rules of the Academic Job Talk. 1. Seekhopetrywishbelieve Refer to my post: “Do or Do Not. 2. “is worthy of study”“deserves study”“merits study” 3. 4. What Price Work Experience? What do students know about life beyond academia? I touched on this in my last post, and this week two reports have been published which are relevant to this theme and the overall ‘student experience’, loosely interpreted. Vitae published a report on ‘What do researchers want to do: the career intentions of doctoral researchers’ which has some results which may seem surprising to those who have followed earlier blogposts from OT bloggers including myself (for instance here).

The second report was commissioned by the Government and headed up by Sir Tim Wilson. Entitled ‘A review of business–university collaborations’ it looks at the whole interface between business and universities, including examination of the implications for both undergraduates and postgraduates. These reports both make telling comments and recommendations, implicitly and explicitly, about how students – during both undergraduate degrees and their PhD’s – are exposed to and consider life beyond academic walls.

How to Find Your Purpose and Do What You Love. “Find something more important than you are,” philosopher Dan Dennett once said in discussing the secret of happiness, “and dedicate your life to it.” But how, exactly, do we find that? Surely, it isn’t by luck. I myself am a firm believer in the power of curiosity and choice as the engine of fulfillment, but precisely how you arrive at your true calling is an intricate and highly individual dance of discovery. Still, there are certain factors — certain choices — that make it easier. Gathered here are insights from seven thinkers who have contemplated the art-science of making your life’s calling a living.

Every few months, I rediscover and redevour Y-Combinator founder Paul Graham’s fantastic 2006 article, How to Do What You Love. What you should not do, I think, is worry about the opinion of anyone beyond your friends. More of Graham’s wisdom on how to find meaning and make wealth can be found in Hackers & Painters: Big Ideas from the Computer Age. 16. 28. This is your life. Conveying the Wrong Message. Essay on why graduate students ignore warnings about the job market. 3 Ways Your Attitude Will Determine Your Career. The 10 Ways to Future-Proof Your Career. Women in the Economy: A Wall Street Journal Task Force.