What type of job do I want?
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- The most important piece of information in the "Application Process" is knowing your goals and interests because it directs the rest of your actions and outcomes, such as:
- after you know your interests, you can make yourself marketable for THAT particular job by getting the publications or teaching experience required to be a top candidate for the position
- when searching for a job you can identify which positions you are interested in from the larger pool of job openings available each year
- when creating your application you need to tailor each application to show how you are a good fit for that particular job/department.
- and during your campus visit you must tailor your presentation to the audience at that school.
- How do I determine my career goals and interests?
- See the Career Planning page that walks you through the questions to ask to identify your career goals. There is also a worksheet attached to help you integrate all the expectations and goals into a Strategic Plan.
- See also a listing of what types of jobs exist in Psychology, such as Psychology Careers and Job Search Guide
- How do I determine which jobs to apply for?
- What are your goals (see above) and which schools fit those goals? Also, based upon your goals, can you create your own niche to perfectly fit your interests?
- Are there characteristics of schools you are looking for, such as large versus small school? large versus small department? public versus private? location? Ask yourself what situations you feel most comfortable in.
- VISIT the schools if possible. Try to give workshops or brownbags at the school. Get to know the faculty. Ask your mentor/colleagues to introduce you at conferences.
- Is money a factor? Pay ranges vary between schools and across locations.
- There are different categories of schools...
- PhD granting schools hire you for both research and teaching, but the focus is more on research than teaching.
- MA granting schools hire you for both research and teaching, but the focus is more ...
- Liberal Arts hire you for teaching...
- 2-year colleges hire you for teaching...
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