Karen Kelsky

Founder and President at The Professor Is In

'The Quick and Relatively Painless Guide to Your Academic Job Search': Resources

The Professor Is In

Get to know Karen Kelsky, esteemed author of the guidebook that brought you here.

The Weepy Teaching Statement

Here's how to banish emotionalism from this potentially important document.

How Do I Pitch Myself for a Visiting Assistant Professorship?

Applying for a full-time but temporary job is a balancing act. Here’s how to walk the tightrope.

The Postdoc App: How It's Different and Why

Don't treat it too much like a job application; that's a common mistake.

How To Tailor a Job Letter (Without Flattering, Pandering or Begging)

Here's part one of the all-important tailoring discussion...

Tailoring a Job Letter, Beginning and Advanced

...and here's the follow-up.

Dr. Karen’s Rules of the Academic CV

These are the baseline expectations that should guide you.

How to Build Your CV

Add one line a month, every month.

Don’t Get Your Career at Costco

Adding "affordable," "easy" CV lines doesn't pay off.

Dr. Karen's Rules of the Campus Visit

Details on the job talk, the interviews, and all sorts of logistics.

Dr. Karen’s (Partial) Rules of the Job Talk

You must dominate. Here's how to start.

Speaking Better in Public: How Women Can Stop Apologizing and Get a Career

The headline says it all.

The Rescinded Offer: Who Is In the Wrong?

Negotiating a job offer isn't out of the question, but it requires caution.


Your all-important comic relief.

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