Going on the job market

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As you prepare your work and your image for becoming a job market candidate, below are some items to think about.

LinkedIn, Facebook, other Social Media

What is your current social media footprint?  You will want to take a look at your various profiles and consult your advisors, dissertation committee and other professionals in your field on improvements you can make to your various profiles in an effort to enhance your attractiveness to the industry where you are seeking employment.

Your Professional Web Page

Highlight your research and model your pages after successful faculty in your field.  You will want to choose a platform that is easy for you to work with and keep updated while you are on the market and easy to transfer once you move to your first job.  You have two great options.  One is our LSA Faculty Lab and Research Web Service (http://sites.lsa.umich.edu/) that uses the same system our LSA faculty use. The other option that many students pursue is using Google Sites.  You can make the google site on either your UM google account or your personal account.  Help is available at: https://support.google.com/sites (Note that you can develop websites on AFS space but that space is removed upon becoming an alumni which makes it less attractive.

Finally, you can opt for paying for a commercial based tool like squarespace or weebly.  See reviews of various providers at: http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/ and http://www.top10bestwebsitebuilders.com/

Mock Job Talks

Many departments have a forum for where students give practice job talks.  If your unit doesn’t organize one for yourself to practice or apply to a seminar or colloquium to test your presentation skills and get comfortable taking feedback on your research.  It’s a great idea to record your talk to review later.  A handy tool to do this is BlueJeans.  See the url below to learn more about the tool and how it can be used:  http://its.umich.edu/communication/videoconferencing/blue-jeans

Moving your research

Plan ahead.  You will need verify with your unit and perhaps the office of tech transfer about data and work you generated as a student.  In some cases, agreements must be in place for you to take your research products and data to your next institution.

Per the Technology Transfer office at: https://techtransfer.umich.edu/for-inventors/resources/inventor-faq/

Who owns the intellectual property I create?

Ownership depends upon the employment status of the creators of the invention and their use of University facilities and other resources. Considerations include:

  • What is the source of the funds or resources used to produce the invention?
  • What was the employment status of the creators at the time the intellectual property was made?
  • What are the terms of any agreement related to the creation of the intellectual property?

As a general rule, U-M owns inventions made by its employees while acting within the scope of their employment or using University resources. U-M’s copyright policy describes the applicable rules for copyrightable works. In some cases, the terms of a Sponsored Research Agreement or Materials Transfer Agreement may impact ownership. When in doubt, it is best to call the U-M Tech Transfer office for advice.


PhD Candidates on the job market.

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