Tons of vital information and advice for everything from the various parts of the application to the actual interviews, as well as a short section on jobs outside academia. Doing everything Hume suggests would be close to impossible, but doing as much as possible gets you well prepared for the job search. Even if the interview questions and scenarios you end up facing are unlike any covered in the book, the prep gives you confidence, which is one of the key ingredients to making a successful transition from grad student to full-fledged academic colleague.
Hume's dry humor is also refreshing. The other reviewers here have covered the details of this book and its assets well, so I will merely emphasize how much I value this book. I will never be without my copy so long as I am in academe. Every single student I advise, every new up-and-coming PhD candidate who asks me about the market, and even colleagues already in a job who are looking to move, I tell them they have to read this book.
Surviving Your Academic Job Hunt: Advice for Humanities PhDS by Kathryn Hume
My experience with Hume's advice not only significantly improved my appeal to the academic job market but prepared me for the entire experience of interviewing, negotiating starting salary and package, and even the first few years of my time as an assistant professor. When I first went out on the market I read a handful of books that claimed to be guides for academic job seekers. How lucky I was that a pre-publication copy of many of these chapters ended up in my hands and I had the added benefit of participating in some of Dr.
Hume's workshops on job seeking. None of the other books had even half the insight, value, and forthrightness of Hume's perspicacious little tome. If you are even remotely serious about your job search, there is no option -- you must read this book.
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Some aspects of the job market have changed since this book was written, but there is a lot of valuable information in this book aside from those things One person found this helpful 2 people found this helpful. An essential for someone going out in the academic job market. A dismal outlook, yet a truthful one. One person found this helpful. Bought this for an Introduction to the Professions class required for our Master's degree program.
I found it very helpful in its advice and very easy to read and absorb. It includes sample of a CV and teaching philosophy. It is difficult to truly describe the extent to which this book is a God-send for academic job seekers. Hume has been on the job market advice scene for many years, and is therefore able to offer an astute reading of trends in academic hiring and a no-nonsense approach to getting and keeping a job, in additiont to outlining the nuts and bolts of what search committees are looking for.
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I can't imagine what my first interview would have been like if I had not read this, first. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Good insight higher Ed book. Helpful for those academic newbie and even mid-career ones. If you are applying for a Tenure Track position, this is a very useful guide. The author takes you through the search and interview processes and doesn't skimp on the small details that you should know.
Mandatory reading for recent PhDs. This book only stokes academic anxiety, is outdated, and has generally wasted my time. See all 14 reviews. Most recent customer reviews. Published on September 12, Published on February 10, Published on August 21, Makes a body paranoid. The most OCD book. One of my favorite tips? Put large bills in your shoes at conference interviews so in the case your wallet is stolen, you can take care of yourself so that Rather reminds me of the bride looking up at the axe in the lintel in that old fairy tale, worrying about everything that could happen.
A little paranoia, though, may be good. Nov 07, Craig rated it liked it Shelves: I find it hilarious that one of the suggestions is to "be sure to get a driver's license.
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