Job Market Crash Course: Five Ways to Make a Great Impression (ASECS roundtable)

deadline for submissions: 
September 15, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS)
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Job Market Crash Course: Five Ways to Make a Great Impression

I am seeking roundtable papers/presentations that will foster a discussion about common questions that arise for graduate students and postdocs as they enter the job market. Advice will address careers both in academia and in alt-ac. The session is intended to create a space in which seasoned professionals and early career scholars can share tips and ideas, describe job application experiences, and foster mentorship relationships.

To that end, roundtable participants are asked to provide suggestions and advice on five of the thorniest aspects of job hunting:

*Questions to ask (and avoid) during a campus interview

*Do’s and don’ts for a Skype/phone interview

*How to promote your accomplishments

*Preparing your elevator speech

*Writing cover letters and statements of teaching philosophy

With increasing frequency, new hires are expected to teach a wide variety of courses, work in or oversee campus writing centers, and serve in generalist capacities. Thus, participants are encouraged to tailor their proposals and advice to the ever-changing (and increasingly challenging) landscape of today’s job market, addressing any of the topics listed above.

Please send proposals of no more than 300 words to Kristin Distel (kd484114[at] by 15 September 2018.