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KelskyNegotiating a Job Offer
By Karen Kelsky
Founder, The Professor Is In
Original Broadcast: April 12, 2017

Karen Kelsky, founder of The Professor Is In, advises ~100 negotiating clients each year. Negotiating a tenure track job offer is almost always an expected and normal part of the job search process. At the moment you receive an offer, you have invaluable leverage to improve elements such as salary, startup, moving support, teaching load, and so on—leverage you may not have again.

Karen says she routinely sees two types of people and approaches:

  • shy, insecure clients who are afraid to ask for what they deserve
  • over-entitled clients who demand an R1 offer at a tiny teaching college

Neither approach is good, and Karen can teach you how to do better.

Remember: all future institutional raises are calculated based on the initial salary. How’s that $40 investment sounding now?
If you have trouble, contact Jess Forrester.

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DalgleishCovering Your Alt-Ac Cover Letter Bases
By Melissa Dalgleish
Professional and Career Development Specialist

Resumes and cover letters go together like peanut butter and jelly, but like your favourite spread, cover letters can get a little...sticky. Hitting the right tone so that you sound neither like an infomercial script or an overly-formal robot can be hard. Figuring out how to make the case for your qualifications without just reiterating your resume is tricky. And is it true that most hiring managers don't even read cover letters? In "Covering Your Cover Letter Bases," Dr. Melissa Dalgleish clears up the mess and gives you the information and tools you need to write effective cover letters for non-faculty jobs that are clear, compelling, and a cinch to write.
Original Broadcast: March 22, 2017

KelskyHow to Organize a Job Talk
By Karen Kelsky
Founder, The Professor Is In

Job talks are easy to do badly and exceedingly hard to do well. In this webinar Karen Kelsky explains what it takes to deliver a talk that is clear, engaging, and accessible to a range of scholars inside and outside your discipline. You'll learn to defend your ideas and engage with your potential colleagues so that you come across as collegial and confident — i.e., ready to face questions and challenges without losing your cool.
Original Broadcast: March 1, 2017

KelskyPreparing for Your Campus Visit
By Karen Kelsky
Founder, The Professor Is In

A campus visit typically consists of a one- or two-night stay, and you'll be on stage from the moment you step off the airplane. Don’t worry! Karen will show you how to survive a stressful interview schedule, connect with search-committee members, and look like a good potential colleague.
Original Broadcast: February 8, 2017

Jen PolkHow to Start Your Academic Side Business
By Jennifer Polk
Founder, From PhD to Life

Many academics are natural entrepreneurs and freelancers, they just don't know it yet. Are you thinking of going freelance and wondering how to get started? Learn the key steps and strategies for carving out a successful solo career — e.g., how to identify your strengths, choose a niche, market yourself, and get paid for your services.
Original Broadcast: January 25, 2017

Karen KelskyAcing the Academic Interview
By Karen Kelsky
Founder, The Professor Is In

A great deal of trial and error goes into acing an academic job interview. Let Karen Kelsky show you how to avoid some of the most common pitfalls and how to use tone, language, eye contact, and gestures to project authority.
Original Broadcast: January 11, 2017

Developing Your Academic Digital Identity
By Karen Kelsky
Founder, The Professor Is In

Are you looking for a new academic position? Finishing your Ph.D. and ready to hit the ground running? This webinar can help you put your best digital foot forward. Karen explains why it's critical to have a online identity and how you can develop it. She offers tips on what your digital profile should include, how to curate it, and how to use social media wisely.
Original Broadcast: March 3, 2016

Writing Your Academic CV
By Karen Kelsky
Founder, The Professor Is In

What do search committees look for in a CV? How can you write one that will get you noticed? Learn to make a shortlist-worthy CV that showcases your record and minimizes distractions. By the end of this webinar you’ll know what to include (and what not to), how to organize your CV, and what a good one should say about you as a candidate.
Original Broadcast: April 15, 2016

Teaching Statement Dos and Don'ts
By Karen Kelsky
Founder, The Professor Is In

Of all the application documents, the teaching statement is hardest to write well. What goes into one? How long should it be? How can you craft an effective statement? In this webinar, you'll learn the answers to those questions and more, including how to handle redundancies with other documents.
Original Broadcast: July 8, 2016

Mastering the Academic Cover Letter
By Karen Kelsky
Founder, The Professor Is In

Your cover letter is the single most important element of your academic job application. In an overheated job market where a single ad (in some fields) can draw hundreds of applicants, and many search-committee members may spend a mere 120 seconds skimming your file in the first review stage, every word counts. Find out how to write a two-page letter that flaunts your record, your research potential, your teaching abilities, and shows the hiring committee that you're a great fit for the job.
Original Broadcast: June 3, 2016

How to Write an Effective Research Statement
By Karen Kelsky
Founder, The Professor Is In

Condensing years of research into a few pages is harder than you think. It’s challenging to summarize your work in a way that clearly conveys your focus, methods, publications, and contributions to the field to search-committee readers who are harried and seeing it for the first time. This webinar provides a template for organizing a concise and effective research statement, as well as examples of scholarly language to use and avoid.
Original Broadcast: August 4, 2016


Polk7 Tips for Finding a Job Outside Academe
By Maren Wood
Founder, Lilli Research Group
and Jennifer Polk
Founder, From PhD to Life

Looking for work beyond the professoriate? This presentation is designed for graduate students and Ph.D.s considering postacademic careers. Maren shares the latest research findings on career outcomes for doctoral-degree holders. She and Jen break down the nonacademic job-search process and share strategies they and other Ph.D.s have used to make a successful move to work outside the ivory tower.
Original Broadcast: June 27, 2016

Fatimah3 Keys to Converting Your CV to a Résumé
By Fatimah Williams Castro
Founder & CEO, Beyond the Tenure Track

There's no one-size-fits-all approach to converting a multipage CV to a streamlined industry-ready résumé. Learn to effectively translate your skills and professional profile in a way that nonacademic employers will understand.
Original Broadcast: November 21, 2016

DalgleishResearching Your Way to a Persuasive Résumé
By Melissa Dalgleish
Career-development specialist, The Hospital for Sick Children

Creating a nonacademic résumé seems like a daunting task — until you realize that a résumé is just another piece of persuasive writing, like the articles, posters, and conference presentations you regularly create in your academic life. In this webinar, Melissa Dalgleish demystifies the résumé-writing process, teaches you how to manage your personal research archive, breaks down the generic conventions of effective résumés, and shares tips on fine-tuning the document so hiring managers will find it compelling. As an academic, you already have what it takes to craft a persuasive résumé — you just don’t know it yet.
Original Broadcast: December 7, 2016

AllisonWhy Your Change Strategy Isn't Working
By Allison M. Vaillancourt
Vice President, Business Affairs & Human Resources and Professor Practice, School of Government & Publish Policy at the University of Arizona

Tired of hearing people say, “We’ve always done it that way,” when you're trying to make an organizational change for the better? Perhaps you're going about it all wrong. Savvy leaders know that successful reform happens if, and only if, people embrace it and understand why it's essential. In this webinar, you'll learn how to build on institutional traditions, enlist allies, and convince skeptics to help you build a new world order.
Original Broadcast: May 5, 2016

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