A list of books on finding an academic job

Following are some books I read and found helpful on search for an academic job:

  • Cracking the Academia Nut: A Guide to Preparing for Your Academic Career by Margaret L. Newhouse, Ph.D. © 1997, paperback, 173 pages Office of Career Services, Harvard University
    • Written by former director of Harvard University Office of Career Office, this nice little book provides guidance from the early stage as a graduate student to the first years as a junior professor. It also includes sample CVs and cover letters. Not exactly targeted for students in engineering field, but the general advice is still valuable. It seems out-of-print on Amazon, but you can purchase from Harvard University Office of Career Office for $15.00($5.00 for Harvard College/GSAS students and alumni(617) 495-2595.

  • Tomorrow's Professor: Preparing for Academic Careers in Science and Engineering by Richard M. Reis, Stanford University New York : IEEE Press, c1997. (Thanks Ting Zhu to bring this book to my attention)
    • Well-targeted for applicants in science and engineering. Concise structure and writing make reading pleasant. Case examples of real applicants are another shining point of this book. $11.53 on Amazon.com.
  • The Chicago Guide to Your Academic Career: A Portable Mentor for Scholars From Graduate School Through Tenure, by John Goldsmith, John Komlos, and Penny Schine Gold (University of Chicago Press, 2001)
    • A panel conversation style book by three professors somewhat associated with the University of Chicago. The book is not well-organized but includes some helpful hints. If you're very short in time, you may skip this one.

This list is by no means complete, and you should use it with caution (for example, see here for a critics on the Chicago book).

Comments on the above books and/or recommendation of more references are welcome.

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