Networking

Wooden signpost along a hiking path
"Signpost along the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path - Prisma filter" by Randy Durrum | CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Tues., January 24, 2017

It's never too early to start preparing for your future career. Whether you are interested in a faculty position, research, or something else, it is important to explore your options. Looking into potential career options in your field can help you prepare for those possibilities before you enter the job market.
light blue chain on a dark blue background
"Who is the Weakest Link" by Cindy Cornett Seigle | CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Tues., November 1, 2016

Using LinkedIn well can help you develop and support your professional network and connect with other professionals in your field. Think carefully about what information you include and how best to portray yourself online.
a network of railroad interchanges
"The Network" by identity chris is | CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Tues. Jan. 27, 2015; by Elisha Hall

Networking with key faculty in your field provides you with important connections that can help with your current studies and research, future projects, and the job search.
Your professional network is a lot like a spiderweb
"wide web" by josef.steufer

Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014; by Jenny Beth Jorgensen

Networking can help you with your research now and it can help you later when you go on the job market. Jenny Beth explains the importance of expanding professional networks in grad school.

You may be in your second or third year of graduate school, and chances are good that you’re already setting long-term goals. Career-wise, you know where you want to be in ten years. But how do you get there?

Success in graduate school, whether in course work, research, or teaching does not happen in a vacuum.

finger pressing an elevator button
bogenfreund | flickr

An elevator speech is a 30–60 second summary of your research interests, main findings, and their importance to society. It's a good way to introduce yourself and your work, whether it's to professional colleagues at a conference or a job interview or just explaining your work to your neighbors and new acquaintances.

Academic conferences are a great way to network with professionals in your field and to present your research. At the stage in your program when you’re ready to go on the job market, academic conferences take on a new meaning.

Houston, we have a fellowship – and a grant – and a full-time faculty position. And Interfolio is one way for you to apply to all of them.

Courtesy of Julie Miller Vick and Mary Morris Heiberger, U. Penn.
Authors of The Academic Job Search Handbook

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