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Job Search Advice

The higher education job market is competitive. Put your best foot forward and increase your chances of landing your next job in academe with the useful tips, advice, and job search strategies below.

Cover Letter Tips

A well-written cover letter can be equally important as an impressive resume or CV. A cover letter should accompany each resume you send and be tailored distinctly for the position to which you are applying. You should describe your abilities, skills, and experience, and illustrate them with concrete examples to show how your knowledge and expertise is relevant to the position and will benefit the employer. Let your cover letter allow the hiring manager to see a glimpse of your personality by telling a brief story of your professional experiences that can't be seen through a list of achievements on a resume. Review the samples of cover letters and relevant articles for more information.

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Resume/CV Advice

A resume is more than just a list of dates, job titles, and duties. It is your time to impress. An effective resume is a clear and concise description of your professional skills, experience, and accomplishments. It summarizes your qualifications to sell your experience and potential to an employer. It should intrigue the reader to want to learn more about your personality, skills, and potential fit within their company.

A curriculum vitae (CV) is similar to a resume in that it includes your education, skills, and experience, but it also highlights research, teaching experience, publications, grants, professional associations, licenses, and/or other awards. The CV is a more detailed synopsis, commonly used in academia by faculty.

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Interviewing and Job Search Strategies

In addition to writing an effective cover letter and resume, there are many other "softer" yet equally important skills that are necessary to include in your job search toolkit. See below for information and advice on preparing for and succeeding in interviews, networking, effectively using social media, marketing yourself, using references, finding the right job or institutional "fit," and other key points for building an effective strategy for job search success.