How to Get a Job

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As a field we now have the ability with PsychWiki to create an ever-expanding compiliation of tools/tips to help with the application process, so feel free to add what you know and pass on what you have learned (and what you wish you had known!) when you were applying for a job in psychology.




- What is the application process?

- What are online resources about the application process?

- When do you apply?

- What jobs exist?

- What type of job do I want?

- How is finding a non-academic job different than finding an academic job?

- How is finding a post-doc different than finding other types of jobs?

- How is a publication record evaluated or judged?

- Why do most people follow these rules about evaluating a publication record?

- How does authorship order affect the evaluation of a publication record?

- What carries more weight, a review such as a meta-analysis, or a empirical study on a new topic?

- What are the pros/cons of publishing a “short report”?

- What is a Curriculum Vitae?

- What is the most important advice for crafting your CV?

- What is the purpose of the CV?

- Should you tailor your CV to the specific position for which you are applying?

- What is the sequence of sections?

- What is the sequence of content within each section?

- What to do about gaps in your life story?

- How much information should you include on the CV?

- What are the formatting issues?

- What do I include in the top of the CV?

- What do I include in the section about education?

- What do I include in the section about honors and awards?

- What do I include in the section about professional experience?

- What do I include in the section about research experience?

- What do I include in the section about teaching experience?

- What do I include in the section about professional memberships?

- What do I include in the section about professional activities?

- What do I include in the section about grants?

- What do I include in the section about publications?

- What do I include in the section about conference activities?

- What do I include in the section about colloquia and workshops?

- What do I include in the section about references?

- Where can I go to find more information about CV?

- What is a cover letter?

- What is a Research Statement?

- How do a write a research statement?

- What is a Teaching Statement?

- How do a write a teaching statement?

- How do I prepare for an interview?

- How do I prepare for a phone interview?

- What pitfalls should I avoid during the interview?

- If I have multiple offers, how do I choose?

- Is there a deadline for accepting or rejecting an offer?

- What is RAND?

- How is research conducted at RAND?

- What are the similarities and differences between RAND and academia?

- How to start seeking for employment at RAND?

- What are Letters of Recommendation?

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