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Great review! I very much agree that this is a great book.

Carlo Ierna

It is an excellent book with a lot of good advice (I bought it immediately and did profit from her advice), but like many other publications on this topic, regrettably focused on the American market. I'd love to have a handbook on the European one, which has quite different conventions and a much larger focus on grants.


Yes, this is a good point. I think a book like this for the European job market would be helpful, although it would be difficult to figure out how big the geographical scope would be. Having worked in the UK, Belgium and the Netherlands, I find there are subtle differences and similarities between these areas, for example.

Shen-yi Liao

How much of the book's material is unavailable from her blog?


From what I've seen the book provides both new content, and some content previously available on the blog is no longer available there. For example the foolproof grant template here https://theprofessorisin.com/2011/07/05/dr-karens-foolproof-grant-template/
is only available in shortened version on the blog. The full version that explains all the steps is only available in the book.

Jerry Green

Have had this book close at hand for most of the last two years. *Very* helpful. Even if you don' take the advice exactly as given, its very useful to be made to think about the issues the books raises. And its quite cheap, so the convenience of the book format and the added content are well worth the price (vs. just reading the blog).

New facutly

Fwiw, I hired and then fired Karen Kelsey as a consultant in part for the reason you mention here. Her feedback was not useful for the kind of person I am (her suggested edits just didn't sound or feel like me) nor the kind of job I wanted. And I found her feedback and tone (very short and firm) to only further stress me out during an already stressful time. Without her help, I ended up doing surprisingly well on the market that year in terms of interviews (no offers), given the low prestige of my PhD granting institution, having no publications, and not much of the dissertation being done. I think this was in large part because my application was genuine, unique, and showed passion. Since finishing the PhD, I have secured a TT job at an institution that is a fantastic fit for me and I feel comfortable knowing I was hired for who I am. Not saying the book or advice is bad, but echoing that it's also important to stay true to yourself and focus on (thank you Helen!) mental health.

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