Once you have decided on a particular career path or perhaps a couple of career paths you are interested in pursuing, you should take the time to prepare before you start applying for positions. We suggest beginning to prepare at least one year before your estimated graduation date. So, how should you start preparing?
Start by building your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and resume and update these documents at least once per semester. See below for examples and templates.
Identify any skills gaps you might have and work on gaining additional experience and skill development through volunteering, internships, coursework, and other opportunities.
Work on developing your own templates for additional job application materials such as a basic cover letter that you can adapt for each application, writing samples, teaching or research statements, and sample syllabi.
Take advantage of opportunities to present your work to different audiences, do a mock interview at the career center, or see if you can set up a teaching demo in your department.
Read articles on the dos and don'ts of campus interviews, phone interviews, in-person interviews for both academic and non-academic career opportunities.
Audit your online presence - what do people see if they search for you on Google? Is your LinkedIn profile up to date and error free? How are your privacy settings set up on your Facebook account?