Diversity Statements for academic job applications

Academic job postings --- tenure track, adjunct, post-doc --- asking applicants for a Diversity Statement is a relatively new phenomenon. [Note that STEM departments are also asking for such statements.] Some hiring departments want a separate document while others want your discussion of diversity embedded within other documents (sometimes specified, e.g. cover letters, and other … Continue reading Diversity Statements for academic job applications

Reasons to not attend a career fair

“Why do so many graduate students and post-docs not take advantage of the Graduate Student Career Fair or other fairs on Purdue’s campus?”, we wondered. In this blog post, we identify some of their reasons, and discuss why they aren’t such great reasons after all: I want a faculty job. Universities don’t recruit at career … Continue reading Reasons to not attend a career fair

Why should I, a graduate student, attend a career fair?

Dear student, noble member of the storied class of overworked and underpaid apprentice scholars, here’s why you should attend the Graduate Career Fair at Purdue: (1) Location, location, location. It’s not very often in life that recruiters will travel to your town, wanting to talk to you about employment. Seriously. Attend the career fair in … Continue reading Why should I, a graduate student, attend a career fair?