Academic Job Search – Tools and skills to maximize your success

Maximize your search for an academic position by developing effective job search skills and compelling job search documents for this competitive field.

Contents of this section includes:                                                                        

  • An overview of the academic job search process and link to job search resources such as manuals and video series
  • Information on creating a strong CV and cover letter
  • Materials on getting references and using dossier services  

Overview of Academic Job Search

CVs 

Academic Cover Letters

Academic References and Dossiers

This section contains information on how to secure faculty/chair references when applying for academic-related work. Also see previous sections on working with your supervisors and networking as references are based on relationship building over the course of your graduate studies.

A dossier typically includes confidential materials such as letters of references and copies of transcripts, however, other ‘non-confidential’ material may also be required to augment your application package. Each school will have different requirements for their applications. Some will ask for a teaching dossier, which is a set of documents summarizing your teaching experiences and instructional accomplishments. Some institutions may ask for a research prospectus or a research dossier. If it is unclear what the search committee requires, ask your faculty mentors and referees or seek clarification with the search committee contact.

Academic Interviews

Employment Negotiations


Non-Academic Job Search