- If you are currently on the market, you should know about this series of public wikis maintained by and for jobhunters in different fields (Anthro*, Socio, History, Queer/Gender Studies, Ethnic Studies, Religious Studies, H&S Postdocs, etc. (just search for additional fields, but pay attention to year).Â Each wiki is a list of current job opportunities in the field, along with comments and updates by readers about the progress of each search. Â It is essentially an anonymous community of others on the market, who post things like “I received an email for a phone interview” or “Has anybody heard anything yet?” Â It’s a pretty powerful use of the public wiki format. You can register if you like, but you don’t have to – just click the blue “Edit” button at the top of each page, or a specific pencil icon to add your comments.
*note that many fields are subdivided, like Linguistic Anthro, Physical Anthro, Cultural Anthro, etc.
- While I know most every campus has its own specialized Career Center, here is a particularly strong online handbook/resource, “PhD & Postdoc Career Guide“ (pdf here) from Stanford’s Career Development Center.
It has chapters on writing your cv and cover letters with lots of examples; Â different interview guides for conferences, phone, Skype, and campus visits; networking; negotiating offers; and considering careers beyond academia, as well as various other resources Â targeted at Humanities and Social Science PhDs. Â Download the entire thing hereÂ or browse the table of contents here(page down a bit).
- Finally, if you’re considering jobs outside academe, check out Versatile PhD, a free discussion forum for “advice and support around non-academic careers.”