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The Academic Job Search Handbook, 4th Edition Paperback – June 30, 2008
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"If one needs a guide, this is the best."—The Nation
About the Author
Julia Miller Vick is Senior Associate Director and Jennifer S. Furlong is Associate Director of Career Services at the University of Pennsylvania. They are coauthors of the Chronicle of Higher Education online column Career Talk.
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Perhaps this all sounds hyperbolic; the book isn't perfect, but since nothing is ever "perfect", I can honestly say this is one of the closer things to perfect I've read. It could use more examples from more specialty/sub-fields--or at least, an on-line resource with that, it seems like they have a good eye/experience in successful applications and having examples covering more of the vast variety in today's academic jobs would be super-useful.
It could also do, perhaps, with some "big points" summaries, or checklists (with page numbers, so that it doesn't have to be a stand-alone dumbed-down version), to help you when you're frenetically searching back for a bit of advice or half-remembered guideline while deadlines approach.
Bottom line: get it, read it!
Overall, this is a nice handbook, which outlines the basics, but doesn't get into much detail. I had to buy another book and combine information of both to better prepare for my job interviews. Half of the book is covered by sample materials, which I found useless, but given its low price, I would recommend it to anyone seeking for an academic job, as a start-up, quick reference guide, or a complementary book to another, more detailed one.
I think it has helped me improve my cover letter substantially!