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[ This is a guest post by Jentery Sayers , who recently completed his PhD at the University of Washington and is now an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Victoria. He previously wrote on "Integrating Digital Audio Composition into Humanities Courses." He is @jenterysayers on Twitter.--@jbj ] Over at Crooked Timber back in June 2008, Eszter Hargittai wrote: “I’ve been continually surprised over the years about how many academics fail to take advantage of the Web as a medium for disseminating their work.
By David D. Perlmutter It was a heady time for a graduate student at his national conference as he rushed from one job interview to another. Late to one and out of breath, he quickly began his introductory talking points: how he was just the right fit for the position, the department, and the university. The members of the search committee sat in silence until the student paused, allowing one of them to interject politely: "I think you're in the wrong room. You've been talking about another school."
In addition to the work that flows naturally from a course–things like preparing, organizing the class, meeting with students, and grading–teaching also almost invariably involves an unrelated kind of work: writing letters of recommendation. On the one hand, these often come in bunches at very specific times (for graduate schools, for jobs, for education programs, for scholarships, etc.), and so, in the moment, can feel a bit overwhelming. And sometimes, it can be a little surprising who asks you for a letter. On the other hand, writing letters of recommendation can be very fulfilling, as you look back over a student’s work, and reflect on the fact that they trust you to help them to further their goals.
It’s been told again and again: “Work on your strengths.” You know this very well. But maybe the problem is that you don’t know what your “real” strengths are. You may not be a polymath, but you know you are good at many things.
You just interviewed for a job and you haven't heard anything. Sometimes this is a sign of bad news, and sometimes it isn't. You want to follow up and find out what's going on, but you don't want to be annoying.
I'm getting ready for job interviews and I want to make sure I'm as prepared as possible. For example, what questions should I be ready to answer in virtually any interview, regardless of the job type? Sincerely, Questioning Mark Dear QM, You're right that most job interviews come with a set of stock questions, and while many of these seem easy to answer, it's always best to know what you're in for before you head into an interview. Preparation is key in an interview even if it's for a simple question like "Why do you want to work for us?"
Dear Lifehacker, I went on a job interview last week, and everything was going well until the hiring manager asked me details about my performance reviews at my previous jobs. I was pretty uncomfortable, and I didn't want to lie, so I told the truth and explained that it had been a mixed bag. It was a pretty bad position. How do I politely avoid those kinds of uncomfortable questions in future interviews? Signed, Taken Aback