Non-academic job interviews: convincing your interviewers that you’re “just the job”

‘Just the job’: [British. Informal. Idiom] – exactly what is needed. E.g. ‘I was so thirsty, that cup of tea was just the job.’ Synonyms: excellent, ideal. This post is based on a recent interview with Grad Chat for PhD Balance on top tips for PhD career transitions beyond academia, available as a podcast orContinue reading “Non-academic job interviews: convincing your interviewers that you’re “just the job””

What industries really value… and how to leverage this in your post-PhD job hunt

In academia, you might publish a paper and then say to an industry employer ‘hey, look, I have this thing!’ And the industry employer will respond ‘Ah, ok great…… what is that??’ – Eric James Stephens There’s a line in the Barenaked Ladies song ‘One Week’ (or as we called it at school, ‘The ChineseContinue reading “What industries really value… and how to leverage this in your post-PhD job hunt”

‘Someone who can’… how to close-read your way to convincing post-PhD job applications

‘You might think, for example, that as a teacher you’re an obvious fit for a non-profit seeking someone with “great communication skills.” But unless you know what that phrase means in the context of the organisation, you’re likely to miss the mark when enumerating your specific talents.’ – Dr Christopher L. Caterine I haven’t talkedContinue reading “‘Someone who can’… how to close-read your way to convincing post-PhD job applications”

What skills do I have as a PhD? Getting a fresh perspective on an old-time question

‘Although we are taught our whole graduate careers to become narrower in our specialities, the alt-ac mindset is more about thinking broadly about the skills and abilities we bring to the table.’ – Kathryn E. Linder, Kevin Kelly & Thomas J. Tobin, Going Alt-Ac (2020: 49) Working for a consultancy firm that specialises in economicsContinue reading “What skills do I have as a PhD? Getting a fresh perspective on an old-time question”

Be the solution: how to really articulate your PhD (and other) skills to employers

‘Change your perspective from “how can I beat the odds and win the tenure-track jackpot prize?” to “how can I be the solution to a department’s hiring problem?”’ – Dr Loleen Berdahl & Dr Jonathan Malloy There’s nothing like friends sending you photos of their home-baked halloumi and mint focaccia to make you feel inadequate.Continue reading “Be the solution: how to really articulate your PhD (and other) skills to employers”

PostGradual: what’s this all about, then?

In the beginning was the word, and the word was… ‘overqualified’ My post-PhD job hunt wasn’t going well. It was mid-October, T-minus three weeks to viva day. I’d finally gotten sick of the endless ‘oh, it’s your viva soon? Well, I heard a friend of a friend was in theirs for 6 hours and thenContinue reading “PostGradual: what’s this all about, then?”