job market tough love from sam perry
Sam Perry is a recent Chicago grad student who is now an assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma. On Academia.edu, he has posted his job market advice. All I can say, “yes, that is correct.” Perry’s advice boils down to a few obvious points:
- Your CV drives your career.
- Your CV is mainly about your publications.
- Your competition is not other grad students. It is other people who publish, who may be grad students, post-docs, and professors.
- Quality trumps quantity.
- Thus, grad school should be treated like a job where you religiously show up every day and work hard on your publications.
- Other activities, while commendable, are not the job. It’s ok to do them, as long as they don’t distract from your job.
- Successful people start early. To go on the market in year X, means submitting papers in year X-2, at least.
I have quibbles here and there. For example, students from elite programs can often get away with some truly weak CVs, but overall this is solid. And of course, it contains the best job advice of all – buy the Grad Skool Rulz!!!!