Our books

Become a Fan

« New Contributor: Peter Nichols | Main | What Now? Personal Reevaluation After An Unsuccessful Job Market Run »



Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

Trevor Hedberg

I haven't navigated the market myself, but I'll share the biggest piece of advice I got from two graduate students who went through the process last year: finish assembling your application materials in the summer. Get your writing sample, CV, student evaluations, etc., in order before the semester starts. The process of putting everything together takes longer than you'd expect, and you don't want to be dealing with it in September (when the semester is in full swing).

Marcus Arvan

Having been on the market a few times, I can confirm that that is very good advice. A good dossier takes a great deal of time. Start now if you haven't already (and see Mark Alfano's earlier post for a good picture of what a good dossier looks like!)

Mark Alfano

First of all, I second both Marcus and Trevor's suggestion. Both very solid. Another is to get at least one letter of recommendation from a distinguished scholar outside of your department. The word of such people carries a lot of weight because they have less of a vested interest in getting you a job.

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been saved. Comments are moderated and will not appear until approved by the author. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.


Post a comment

Comments are moderated, and will not appear until the author has approved them.

Your Information

(Name and email address are required. Email address will not be displayed with the comment.)

Job-market reporting thread

Current Job-Market Discussion Thread

Job ads crowdsourcing thread

Philosophers in Industry Directory