Job Search

The PhD Job Search

Conducting an effective job search in and outside of academia requires uncovering opportunities and presenting your qualifications in a powerful and persuasive way. Online resources, events and workshops are available to help PhD students and Postdoctoral Associates: 

  • write well constructed CVs, resumes, coverletters, personal statements 
  • conduct an organized academic job search
  • search for positions in private industry, government and nonprofits
  • leverage career fairs and other career and professional events; increase and improve the use of networking techniques
  • evaluate and negotiate job and salary offers

 Organize Your Search

  • Make a plan and keep a record of your activities 
  • Put dedicated time in your calendar for job search and set weekly goals 
  • Maintain a database of contact info for those you meet who are helpful to your search
  • Record dates of contact and keep notes and action items from your interactions 
  • Maintain a log of jobs you’ve applied for and the status of each 
  • Be sure to send follow up thank you emails informational interviews and actual job interviews