Going on the Academic Job Market? Know Where to Start!
For many graduate students on the job market for the first time, it is difficult to know where to start looking for a job. Most people start out looking on the internet, but there are so many sites out there, where do you start?
First, there are a couple of websites that post academic job openings from numerous disciplines. For instance, the Chronicle of Higher Education has job postings from multiple discipline and is one of the first choices for search committees to advertise their open positions. Another great multidisciplinary website is Higher Ed Jobs. Both of these websites also post administrative positions, so if you think that maybe an administrative job might before you, these are your go-to sites.
There are also websites that post job openings in specific fields. Some examples include:
American Sociological Association (Free to ASA members; there is a fee for non-members)
Don't see your discipline here? Check out the website for your discipline's flagship organization or ask a member of your faculty where the best place to look for jobs in your discipline.
Looking for a job outside of academia? There are websites for that, too. Those who are interested in public service careers may want to check out https://www.usajobs.gov/ for open positions in the federal government. Individual states and municipalities also will post jobs on the human resources pages of their websites. Another website, http://publicservicecareers.org/ is interesting, because it posts positions for government, non-profit, and faculty jobs in the public service disciplines. If you are interested in positions at for-profit corporations, you can always look on careerbuilder.com or monster.com.
If you won't be on the job market for a couple of years, it doesn't hurt to start looking at job ads now. I often tell graduate students to start looking at job ads in the first two years of their graduate program to see if there are any specific skills or areas of research that are trending. Then you can take opportunities through coursework and workshops before you go on the market or tweak your dissertation topic to fit what employers are looking for.
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