If you're like many psychology graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and early career psychologists, you may be amply trained to conduct research but find yourself stumbling through the process of applying and interviewing for a job.
This book will help you transition from graduate education to a career in an academic or professional setting. Each chapter covers a step in the process of applying for and landing a position, with evidence-based guidance where available, practical advice, sample materials, and stories from recent applicants and employers.
Preparing to enter the job market requires a multi-pronged approach of networking and developing an application portfolio and interview strategy (both the screening interview and the on-site interview) that showcases your unique qualifications for the position.
This book breaks down that process with questions to ask yourself, checklists, and samples of others' work. It also addresses how to:
Tailor application materials to the job description and the institution or organisation
Learn all you can about your potential workplace before you interview
Seek out advantageous experience-building opportunities
This comprehensive package of up-to-date research and practical ""do's"" and ""don'ts"" will help you put your psychology doctorate to work.
Elizabeth M. Morgan, PhD, is an assistant professor of psychology at Boise State University. She received her doctorate in developmental psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, in 2008. She also has a master's degree in social work from the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on adolescent and young adult social development, with an emphasis on sexual and romantic relationship experiences in the context of parent child relationships, peer relationships, and the media. Boise State University is her first academic position, which she obtained directly after finishing her PhD. During the process of preparing and applying for faculty positions, she found herself relying on many different sources for information about how to compile an application and what to expect in her interviews; these sources she found to be inadequate. Also, as both a first and second year faculty member, she was able to be a part of Boise State's psychology department search committee, reviewing application materials, interviewing candidates by phone, checking references, and hosting candidates on campus. This book was conceived as a result of being on both ends of the process within the span of only a few years.