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Graduate Students and PostdocsThere are a variety of ways in which you can connect with us, and many different resources that you can use to help you during your job search. The following information will detail the types of appointments we offer, and help you to make the most of these meetings by recommending specific ways in which you can be prepared ahead of time.
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Career Services graduate/postdoc counselors are available for confidential discussion of any career related issues, by appointment or during walk-in hours. We are happy to critique resumes, CVs, and cover letters, and can help you as you work on your teaching philosophies and research statements for academic jobs. Appointments are generally 30-minutes long. We also offer 30-minute phone appointments for graduate students, postdocs, or alumni who are not able to make it for a face-to-face appointment, and 60-minute mock interview appointments.
To set up a meeting, call 215-898-7530. Anyone who answers the phone can schedule the appointment for you. Appointments cannot be scheduled by e-mail, however, we can answer brief questions by e-mail.
Your appointment will be scheduled with counselors based on your and their availability. If you want to see a specific counselor (e.g., for a follow-up appointment), then please request this when you call to make your appointment.
When you have set-up an appointment with a counselor, it can often be helpful if you email any materials you want reviewed to them ahead of time. However, please do not e-mail materials without setting up an appointment first, as it is more productive to have a one-on-one meeting to address your needs rather than communicating over e-mail. Within a half-hour appointment time frame, we may not be able to provide feedback on all your materials and address any additional job search questions you may have. If you feel you need more time or have further questions, you are very welcome to make a follow-up appointment.
Check out the Job Search Materials
page on our website before your appointment, if you are interested in getting a review of your cover letter, CV, or resume. There are useful resources on this page that can help you develop a more effective draft that we can then review with you.
Counselors for graduate students and postdocs
Julie Miller Vick, Senior Associate Director
Available by appointment.
Walk-ins from 11am-12pm on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Rosanne Lurie, Associate Director
Available by appointment.
Walk-ins 2-3pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
Joseph Barber, Ph.D.,
Available by appointment on Mondays and Thursdays.
Walk-ins 2-3pm on Mondays.
John Tuton, Ph.D., Career Counselor
Available by appointment on Mondays & Tuesdays.
Walk-ins from 2-3pm on Tuesdays.
Walk-in Appointment Hours
During walk-in times, counselors are available to answer your questions or review your documents during 15-minute time slots. Given the limited time, you should use walk-in appointments to get answers to specific questions you have, or to have a preliminary review of your job application materials. As it can take a while to read over application materials, the 15-minute walk-in slots do not allow for in-depth reviews of cover letters, CVs, resumes, teaching philosophies, or research statements. If you are looking for a more comprehensive review, or have more complex questions you need answers to, then set up an individual appointment with a counselor by calling 215-898-7530. We are always happy to meet with you for walk-ins, though, and can help you make the most of the resources and services offered by Career Services during these brief meetings.
Here are the scheduled walk-in hours for the week. These times, and the specific counselors who are scheduled to take walk-ins each day are subject to change. It is best to call ahead to confirm that walk-ins are being held.
Complete List of Services
Academic Job Search Handbook
Graduate career counselors are available to critique resumes, CV's, cover letters and other job hunting materials and to discuss any career-related questions. All meetings are confidential. Call 215-898-7530 to schedule a 30-minute appointment with a counselor. Walk-in hours are scheduled daily. Check the times above. These 15-minute time slots are great if you have specific questions, need a preliminary review of your job application materials, or have questions about how to get the most out of our resources and services. *Due to limited staffing, walk-ins may be cancelled without notice, so please call ahead to make sure they are still being held on the day you wish to come in.
One copy of this complete guide to conducting a job search, including an extensive section on writing vitas and cover letters, is available to every Penn doctoral student and current postdocs (who have been postdocs for at least one year) for $10. (Retail price is $18.95). More information can be found here.
Literature from several hundred funding organizations is filed in the Career Services library, where many funding directories are also available. Current issues of The Grants Advisor and the Career Services Funding Database are also available through the funding section (click here) of the Career Services homepage.
Programs and Workshops
We offer many programs on career options, job-hunting, and preparation for academic and post-academic careers. These include an annual Academic Career Conference, Faculty Conversations on the Academic Job Search and Academic Life, and The Expanded Market for PhDs. Click here for a sample of program details, including archived presentations of past programs.
Job Listings, Internships, Summer and Part-Time Jobs
Permanent, summer, and part-time openings with employers interested in Penn students are available at our main reception desk. These listings can also be found online through PennLink.
The Career Services library includes directories of employers, books on career fields and job-hunting, periodicals that list job openings, and fellowship information. Click here to go to the Library Homepage.
Files of Letters of Recommendation
Career Services has recently partnered with Interfolio, Inc., the premier web-based credential file management service since 1999. For more information, visit the Credentials Homepage.
Alumni Career Networks
Approximately 2,000 alumni in more than 30 career fields can talk with you individually to discuss their work. To connect with a member of PACNet (Penn Alumni Career Network), click here. Additional resources are available on Career Services' main Alumni Menu.
Representatives from government and business conduct employment interviews with students who will graduate within the year. Click here to go to our On Campus Recruiting homepage. Make sure you see one of the graduate counselors to discuss ways to work with the recruiting system. Hundreds of presentations also give you ways to meet representatives of organizations.
Practice Interview Sessions
You may schedule a video practice interview with a Career Services counselor who will help you present yourself to employers more effectively. The counselor will ask you types of questions you may get in an interview, will record and play back the mock interview so that you can discuss how you did, and what strategies you might use to answer certain types of questions more effectively. Call 215 898-7530 to schedule a 60-minute mock interview; if you wish, you may then email the counselor with whom you will be meeting to let them know for what type of position you will be interviewing. You can also send the job announcement and your application materials ahead of time as well, as this can help us put together a list of the general types of questions that you might be asked during your interview.
Email List / List Serv
Career Services counselors maintain humanities, social science and science distribution lists so that program, job and funding information can reach graduate students and postdocs quickly and directly. To see a complete listing of the lists we offer and to get instructions on how to sign up, please click here.