Academic Careers

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CV | Cover Letter | Teaching Portfolio | Interview| Reference | Salary | Job Boards | Career Planning

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.


Academic CVs & Résumés

For a list of sample CVs or résumés, consult the following sites:

Articles of Interest: Consult the following sites for tips and advice on writing academic résumés / CVs.


Academic Cover Letters

For a list of sample cover letters, consult the following sites:

Articles of Interest: Consult the following sites for tips and advice on writing academic cover letters.


Teaching Portfolios

Developing a great personal teaching portfolio or statement is crucial. For a list of sample portfolio or statement, visit the following websites.

Articles of Interest: Consult the following sites for tips and advice on developing your teaching portfolio / statement.


Academic Interviews

Consult the following websites for a list of sample interview questions for academic jobs.

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.


Reference Letters

Tips and advice on how to ask for a recommendation or reference letter.


Salary Information

Use the following websites to find out average academic salary or stipends.

Articles of Interest: Consult the following sites for tips and advice on salary negotiation.


Academic Job Boards

Academic Job Websites - Academic job boards in Canada, USA, Europe and around the world.

Networking Groups

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 Planning

Career information, tips and advice for those who are interested in landing an academic job.

For more career resources, consult the following resources.


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