Applying for academic jobs: Seven choices to make

by Sophie Coulombeau, Lecturer in English Literature, Cardiff University

(This post first appeared in on Sophie Coulombeau’s blog on September 24, 2014. While aware that the academic job market has changed somewhat since then, I think there is still so much solid sensible advice here that it is worth sharing.)

Yesterday I had a chat with postgraduate students in my new department at Cardiff University, about the process of applying for academic jobs after the PhD. It was felt by organisers of the Thesis Group (the forum in which I was speaking, along with one of the professors who recently hired me!) that as I was hired only a few weeks ago it would be useful for us both to share our observations on the recent recruitment process with PG students who will soon be venturing out into the academic job market themselves. In the spirit of academic collegiality, this post is my attempt to share the skeleton outline of my talk more widely.

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