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BY NICOLA KOPER | April 23 2012

In October, I wrote about the stress of applying for the renewal of my NSERC Discovery grant and assured all of our regular readers that I would report back to you once the results of the competition were in. I said that the tri-councils remind me of Fluffy, from Harry Potter … you know, a […]

BY JO VANEVERY | April 16 2012

References play a crucial role at all stages of your academic career. They will be considered in your application for a PhD program, in applications for doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships, and in academic job applications. (The role they play in a non-academic job search may be very different.) Obviously you want referees who will say […]

BY LIZ KOBLYK | April 02 2012

As long as job search books advise job seekers to sell themselves, job seekers will struggle where to draw the line between honesty and embellishment. Jo VanEvery neatly addresses the topic of honesty on CVs. In particular, she points out the danger of falsely implying that publications are peer reviewed, or that articles have been accepted […]

BY NICOLA KOPER | March 27 2012

Usually I try to find the humour in my academic experiences, but today isn’t one of those days. Today I am talking about plagiarism, and there isn’t one thing that’s funny about that. I am still shocked that I must deal with plagiarism at the graduate school level. I have put in place a number […]

BY JO VANEVERY | March 19 2012

Recently seen on Twitter… Question for my Followers: Should job talks be listed on your CV as “Invited Lectures.” I say “no”. Others say “yes”. What do you think? — Stephen T Casper (@TheNeuroTimes) March 6, 2012 The following day, a similar tweet Protip: if it’s submitted, under consideration, or revised and resubmitted IT’S NOT […]

BY LIZ KOBLYK | March 12 2012

Liz Koblyk describes how one female academic managed to have children while completing her PhD.

BY NICOLA KOPER | March 05 2012

Academic advisers (supervisors) and graduate students have different goals for the student’s graduate school careers. While students may be focused on completing a degree and gaining enough knowledge and experience that they can get a job, most advisers expect that at least one of the benefits of supervising students is the opportunity to publish more […]

BY JO VANEVERY | February 28 2012

Stress is inversely related to the amount of control you have over your situation. The job search process can be highly stressful because so many things are out of your control: whether a job in your field will be advertised what the competition for that job is like how the decision to hire is made […]

BY LIZ KOBLYK | February 13 2012

In most things you do, you get to see progress. You start painting a wall and, an hour later, you can see that you’ve put in an hour’s work, and that less work remains because of your efforts. You incorporate feedback from a reviewer when strengthening an article for publication and, sure enough, you end […]

BY NICOLA KOPER | February 07 2012

I have to admit that I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed right now. I swear, I didn’t forget to write this blog post… which is due in 10 minutes, so technically, it’s not late yet. It’s just that I am writing this big grant proposal, and I’m working on the animal ethics for said proposal, and […]

BY JO VANEVERY | January 30 2012

Your CV (or résumé) details past employment, past education, and any other relevant experience. Ideally it indicates your achievements. All of that is organized so that it is easy for a potential employer to find the information they need to determine if you have the necessary skills and knowledge to do the job they need […]

BY LIZ KOBLYK | January 23 2012

Before moving on from the topic of awkward moments in networking, I want to address one final, painful topic. So far, I’ve looked at situations controlled by the networker. What happens, though, if you run into someone with whom you suspect you have burned a bridge? That question came up in a workshop, in which a […]

BY NICOLA KOPER | January 16 2012

I have a confession to make. It’s a bit embarrassing. But here goes…. I have 18 graduate students. If you’re wondering whether that’s an unusually high number for one prof, you’re right… it is. I hardly know how it happened. It was just bit by bit … I’d get a great idea for a project, […]

BY JO VANEVERY | January 09 2012

Welcome back. All of us here at the Careers Café hope that you had a joyful and relaxing holiday season. We’re gearing up to provide more advice and support for your career in 2012. One of the things that is so attractive about an academic career is the job security. If you secure a tenure-track […]

BY LIZ KOBLYK | December 19 2011

In my mission to abolish networking awkwardness, I’ve written about reaching out to potential future colleagues and following up with new contacts. Getting back in touch with people from your past can be tricky, too.  Most of my clients have had at least one valued mentor with whom they’ve lost contact. By “lost contact,” I mean […]

BY NICOLA KOPER | December 12 2011

You’re overworked. Swamped. Exhausted. You have five years of data filed that you’re just itching to get at. And finally, after years of struggle, you’re looking forward to the opportunity to catch up on everything that you’ve had to put aside while starting your academic career. You have a research leave, or sabbatical, coming up, […]

BY JO VANEVERY | December 05 2011

No matter what stage of an academic career you are in, you will always be developing your skills and knowledge. Whether it is improving how you do the core tasks of your job, learning how to use new technologies, or taking on new challenges, there are always things to learn and experience to gain. Needing […]

BY LIZ KOBLYK | November 28 2011

Since my last post was about staying in touch with your network, it seemed suitable to get back in touch with someone from mine. This past weekend, I had coffee and a conversation with one of my favourite profs. We talked about networking, particularly as it applies to the academic job search. Her take was that networking is […]

BY NICOLA KOPER | November 21 2011

While most of my blog posts are aimed at all early-career profs, this is a special one for the conservation biologists out there. How do we engage students in understanding significant conservation concerns in environments and habitats that they – and perhaps we – have never visited? I’ve been working in conservation biology for about […]

BY JO VANEVERY | November 14 2011

Recently a woman contacted me with a question that was clearly causing her some distress. She’s applying for academic jobs. And she’s a mother. Being a mother has had an impact on her publishing record and means her career trajectory doesn’t look quite like the ideal. And yet she doesn’t want to engage in any […]