Self-assessment and Critical Thinking
Reflect and then answer some questions about your future goals:

  • What do you want to achieve in your work?
  • What types of organizations or institutions will provide the best opportunity to achieve your goals?
  • Where (state, region, country) do you want to work and live?

Answers to these questions form the parameters of your job search.

Get to know your faculty and seek their advice.
Faculty can advise you on professional associations, conferences, and presentations; and reputations of institutions, departments, and individuals. Seek opinions of many individuals.

Attend and present at professional / academic conferences.
Expand your network and visibility by doing so. Your faculty can advise you on options and their value.

Network with faculty, graduate student colleagues, and professionals in your field through professional and academic organizations, conferences, and other activities.

Read The Chronicle of Higher Education.
This is an essential source for career development advice for new professionals entering academia. Great career information and advice in the Chronicle of Higher Education online.

Seek neutral third party advice if you need it.
Faculty, while strongly wanting you to succeed, may have biases and want to influence you — that's their job in contributing to your professional development. If you need a neutral third party to help you process your options, actions and decisions, make an advising appointment at Career Services.