Academic Job Search Handbook

The Academic Job Search Handbook (fifth edition) may be purchased by current Penn doctoral students and current Penn postdocs in the Career Services office for the discounted price of $10.00. We can only accept cash or checks, no credit cards. Others may purchase it through Amazon, other booksellers, or the University of Pennsylvania Press at the regular retail price.


This 2016 edition of the Handbook presents insightful new content on aspects of the search at all stages. The sections are entitled:

  1. What You Should Know Before You Start
  2. Planning and Timing Your Search
  3. Written Materials for the Search: Suggestions and Samples
  4. Conducting the Search
  5. After You Take the Job
  6. Additional Considerations
  7. Beyond Faculty Careers

Of great value are the 60 new sample documents from a diverse spectrum of successful applicants. The book includes a search timetable, appendices of career resources, and a full sample application package. The book features new or updated sections on issues of current interest, such as job search concerns for pregnant or international candidates, the use of social media strategies to address CV gaps, and difficulties faced by dual-career couples. The chapter on alternatives to faculty jobs has been expanded and presents sample resumes of PhDs who found nonfaculty positions.

Julie Miller Vick and Jennifer S. Furlong are also career columnists for "The Chronicle of Higher Education."