Non-Academic Job Search

The non-academic job search is not as formulaic as the academic job search and it can be difficult to navigate if you haven’t mapped out your strategies in advance.  Here are some steps to get you started:

  • Join VersatilePhD.com to get free access to sample job search documents, discipline-specific job search advice, networking and moral support, all for a wide variety of non-academic career choices.
  • Evaluate your interests and consider how those interests might relate to your career options. 
  • Identify your key abilities, talents, and strengths. The broader skills you’ve developed while pursuing your graduate degree are transferable to a wide variety of industry, business, government, and nonprofit professional positions.
  • Conduct informational interviews. Develop contacts through professional networks. Read newspapers, professional association publications, and business journals to determine potential employers’ needs and requirements. Information gleaned from doing your research can help you identify the skills and experiences you’ll want to highlight in your resume.
  • Develop a résumé (or tailor your CV) and target it to the kind of position(s) you are pursuing.
  • Practice your interviewing skills.  Know what to expect—participate in mock interviews and participate in workshops offered by Career Services.
  • Craft your elevator speech.