Category: Faculty Applicant

What Can you Negotiate For in a Faculty Position?

Well, you’ve made it! You got an offer for an academic position. You have said yes, they are excited you are coming, and all that is left is hammering out the details. It is always possible things will fall apart during this process, but remember: everyone wants this to work out. No department chair wants

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Leave a Faculty Job with Class

People routinely change jobs, even in a small field like academic veterinary medicine. Sometimes people go into private practice, or enter from private practice. Sometimes moves are necessary due to family circumstances. In the worst case, sometimes the institution where you are working is not a good situation for you. Whatever the reason, you need

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How to do Video Interviews Properly

Conducting a video interview with someone who has clearly not prepared for such is one of the most painful professional experiences I have.  It instantly makes me cringe. The whole time I wish I could tell them, “Can you just do this? And this? And this? It will be SO much better, believe me!”  I

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Choosing an Academic Job over Private Practice after your Residency

I have an obvious pro-academia bias. Because of that, I am frankly sometimes confused as to why people would choose private practice. Most clinical faculty members spend 40-70% of their time on clinics. I see this as getting paid to work only 5-8 months a year. How can working a full 12-month job in private

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How to be Well Spoken in an Application Letter

How can you demonstrate you are an effective communicator in a single page in a letter of intent?  We’ve covered mistakes to avoid as well as a general structure for application letters. Now we need to progress on to the kinds of detailed feedback I often give letter writers. Make an outline.  You may not

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Make Your Faculty Application Letter Great

You’ve been through vet school, you’ve done post-graduate work (either a Ph.D. or an internship/residency), and now you are applying for a faculty job.  First, congratulations, this is one of the best, most rewarding jobs I can possibly imagine. Second, realize that this situation is entirely different from any you have encountered before. For vet

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Guidelines for the Best Faculty CV

Even if you have experience writing a CV for vet school, internship, residency, or grad school, you can always improve your CV-writing skills.  I see CVs from applicants all the time and think, “Who advised you to do it like this?” There aren’t many rules when it comes to faculty CVs, but you can make

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Mistakes to Avoid in Your Application Letter

There’s no “right” way to write a letter of intent.  Applicant evaluators are so widely varied, you can’t possibly write the ideal letter unless you happen to A) know the evaluators and B) apply to only one institution.  Fortunately, there are some “wrong” ways to write a letter of intent. Let’s try to avoid them.

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