You’ve probably heard that going on the academic job market for the first time involves a number of tasks: polishing your resume, lining up recommendations, figuring out how to explain your research concisely. But some of the other things that it requires are, perhaps, less obvious: spiffing up your wardrobe, pruning and curating your online presence, juggling a wide range of conflicting emotions, surrendering a lot of your time.
These are just some of the things academic job seekers can look forward to, warns academic career coach Karen Kelsky at Vitae, a service of the Chronicle of Higher Education. And, unfortunately, after all the effort and adjustments you make, in many fields, “you can expect to be on the academic market again in 2016-17.”
Knowing what’s coming can help you prepare. Her essay is here.