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How To Get Shortlisted For An Academic Job (Part 2)

Getting short-listed for a job requires a combination of luck, perseverance, and ingenuity, but the following are some places where you can actively increase your odds.

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There will days during your first few weeks when you feel completely overwhelmed, but take heart: not only will you make it through your first year as an academic, with a bit of planning and support, someday you’ll look back on this...

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Perhaps this column should be entitled “How not to get short-listed for a job”, as it is the mistakes that candidates make that eliminate them from consideration as much as (if not more than) the things they do correctly that get...

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Not everything is new when you land that dream job as a lecturer. Often you have to step into others’ shoes, teaching long-standing modules that have been carefully crafted and developed over many years.

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Generally speaking, career progression for lecturers in UK universities is mapped out fairly clearly, with progression for full-time posts being defined by three bands. Traditionally, these have been as follows: Lecturer, Senior...

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When I started working in academia I dreaded the idea that I might make a mistake in the classroom. After all those years of immersing myself in my subject this seemed to me to be the ultimate nightmare...

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Are you organizing an Olympic Games, planning your department’s move to a new building, or doing a few experiments before writing a conference paper? Break your project down into different steps, or ‘tasks’.

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The pressure is on all over: pressure to answer emails at all hours of the day and night, manage competing deadlines, work evenings and weekends.

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Have you ever envied that person in your department, or at a conference, who seems to know everybody? How does he or she do it? The modern answer – or at least the modern name for an age-old phenomenon – is networking.

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In part 1 of “How to Increase Your Citation Rates”, recommendations were made relating to publishing all that you can, writing a review paper, and investigating where to publish, along with the specifics as to determining a...

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When a UK university offers a salary of up to £80,000 per year for an employability director, as York University has recently done, you know what the new hot topic is...

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Increasingly, funding agencies and prospective employers are demanding ever more from their potential researchers. In the past, publishing in well-known international journals was enough. Not any more.

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