The academic job search takes years! It begins by building a relationship with your supervisor, who will eventually act as a reference, attending academic conferences and networking with potential collaborators, working as a teaching assistant and compiling evaluations, developing your research, getting published, building your teaching portfolio, writing your CV and cover letter, applying for faculty positions and getting through the interview process.
For a list of sample CVs or résumés, consult the following sites:
- Samples for Academic Positions (University of California, San Francisco)
Sample CVs, cover letters and statement of teaching philosophy for faculty positions.
- Creating and maintaining your CV (The Chronicle)
Scroll down to the section Formatting for a list of sample CVs.
- The CV Doctor Returns (The Chronicle)
Visit the links listed in the Related Content for samples.
- Academic CV Templets (jobs.ac.uk)
CV templates, examples, guidelines and tips.
- List of Vitae CV examples (Vitae)
Registration is required to see the samples.
Articles of Interest: Consult the following sites for tips and advice on writing academic résumés / CVs.
- Academic CV Guidelines (jobs.ac.uk)
- Creating an effective academic CV (Vitae)
- Dr. Karen's rules of the academic CV (Dr. Karen)
- Explain the gap in your resume (UA)
- Preparing your application package for an academic job (UA)
- Presenting scholarly work on your CV (UA)
- Resume writing tips for academics (UA)
- Writing an effective academic CV (Elsevier)
- Video: The differences between CVs and resumes (UA)
For a list of sample cover letters, consult the following sites:
- Academic cover letter sample (OWL)
- Sample cover letter for an advertised position (The Chronicle)
- Sample cover letter when no position has been advertised (The Chronicle)
- Sample cover letter for a one-year position (The Chronicle)
Articles of Interest: Consult the following sites for tips and advice on writing academic cover letters.
- Academic cover letters (OWL)
- A dozen sentences (Inside Higher Ed)
- Beyond the one-page cover letter (The Chronicle)
- Hacking the academic job cover letter (The Chronicle)
- Those 12 sentences: Evaluating cover letter advice (The Professor Is In.)
- Understanding cover letters (Inside Higher Ed)
Developing a great personal teaching portfolio or statement is crucial. For a list of sample portfolio or research statement, visit the following websites.
- McGill Teaching and Learning Services
Guidelines, samples and consultation.
- Center for Teaching and Learning (University of Minnesota)
Samples and tutorial on how to create teaching portfolios/statements.
- Writing a Philosophy of Teaching Statement (Ohio State University)
Scroll down to see a list of samples in Humanities, Sciences, Social Sciences and others.
- Write a Research Statement (Duke University)
Guidelines on how to write a research statement including format, clips and literature.
- Sample Teaching and Research Statements (University of Pennsylvania)
Sample statements for both social sciences and STEM field.
- For more information, visit Academic Career Series for a list of teaching portfolio resources.
Articles of Interest: Consult the following sites for tips and advice on developing your teaching portfolio / statement.
- 4 steps to a memorable teaching philosophy (The Chronicle)
- Developing a teaching portfolio (UA)
- How to prepare a teaching dossier (UA)
- Video: Developing your teaching portfolio (UA)
- Video: What's included in a teaching dossier (UA)
Consult the following websites for a list of sample interview questions for academic jobs.
- Academic job interview questions & advice (University of Virginia)
- Same Typical Academic Interview Questions (On the Cutting Edge)
- Two-Year College Interview Questions (On the Cutting Edge)
Articles of Interest: Tips and advice on how to prepare for an academic job interview as well as what to expect in the first round interview.
- Preparing for the academic job interview (UA)
- Preparing for the tenure-track interview (UA)
- The actual job interview - what to expect (UA)
- What to ask - and not to ask - in your interview (The Chronicle)
- What to expect in a first-round interview (The Chronicle)
- Video: What to consider before accepting an academic position (UA)
Tips and advice on how to ask for a recommendation or reference letter.
- Writing effective reference letters (McGill GPS)
- Academic recommendation letter sample (eduers.com)
- How to ask for a reference letter (UA)
- Sample faculty reference letter (NACE)
- Sample teaching recommendation letters (Penn State)
Use the following websites to find out average academic salary or stipends.
- Academic salary data (McGill APO)
- Academic salary minima (McGill APO)
- Faculty salary explorer (The Chronicle)
- Research salaries (USA) (The Adjunct Project)
- Data on number of professors and their salaries released after five-year hiatus (UA)
Articles of Interest: Consult the following sites for tips and advice on salary negotiation.
- 36 negotiable items in an academic position (On the Cutting Edge)
- General principles for responding to academic job offers (Tomorrow's Professor Mailing List)
- Know your worth and ask for it (The Chronicle)
- Negotiating that first offer (The Chronicle)
- The best problem: dealing with more than one job offer (The Chronicle)
- The etiquette of accepting a job offer (The Chronicle)
Academic Job Websites - Academic job boards in Canada, USA, Europe and around the world.
Join one or more groups to connect with alumni and professionals in your field to build your network and find job leads.
- McGillConnect - Join the global McGill community to build and expand your network.
- Academia.edu – A platform for academics to share research interests.
- Academia Stack Exchange - A question and answer site for academics and those enrolled in higher education.
- Academic Commons - A platform for sharing practices, outcomes and lessons learned.
- Academic Jobs Wiki - A information-sharing platform for academic job candidates.
- LinkedIn - McGill University - Connect McGill alumni on LinkedIn to build your network.
- Connect with alumni from your faculty, department or professionals in your field to expand your network and find job opportunities.
Career information, tips and advice for those who are interested in landing an academic job.
- Academic careers in the social sciences (UA)
- Creating a simple and effective academic personal website (Elsevier)
- Commencing the academic job search - impetus and deadlines (UA)
- Deconstructing the academic job offer letter (UA)
- Do's and don't's to land an academic job interview (UA)
- Faculty recruitment: A-to-Z (UA)
- Preparing your application package for an academic job (UA)
- The academic job search - getting your foot in the door (UA)
- Tips for success on your path to tenure (Elsevier)
- Video: Navigating your first academic job (UA)
- Video: Strategies for landing your first academic position (UA)
For more career resources, consult the following resources.
- Universities Canada - The voice of Canadian universities. Facts and statistics on Canadian universities.
- Academic career books (Available in the McGill Library)