Graduate College

Getting a Job

Whether you hope to obtain a faculty position, a job in government or industry, or a postdoctoral fellowship, this section contains information on professional development workshops and other resources to help you become a competitive candidate. Topics include crafting your CV or resume, preparing for interviews, and developing a teaching portfolio. You’ll also find guidance for entrepreneurial thinkers looking to develop new ventures.

Academic jobs

Reading job ads (webinar recording)
Ever wonder what academic institutions are really looking for based on a job posting? In this session, we’ll talk about how to decipher employer speak and set yourself up for success in determining which jobs to pursue. This workshop will focus on academic job ads, and participants will have an opportunity to submit job ads from their fields as examples for discussion. [1:04:35]

Preparing for the academic job search (webinar recording)
In this session, you’ll learn about what you can be doing from the first day of graduate school to prepare for the academic job search. Topics include enhancing your marketability, making professional contacts, and soliciting letters of recommendation, among many others. [53:00]

Preparing your curriculum vitae (webinar recording)
In this session, we’ll talk about how to construct an effective CV for the job search and other purposes. We’ll also discuss the various components of CVs and how to arrange them strategically. [1:23:42]

Constructing a teaching portfolio (webinar recording)
In this session, we discuss the rationale, theoretical underpinnings, and contents for effective teaching portfolios. We also look at sample teaching philosophies, which are foundational for any teaching portfolio. [1:01:48]

Interviewing for academic jobs (webinar recording)
In this webinar, we talk about the formats for academic (faculty) job interviews held at professional conferences, via phone, and on-campus. We also discuss how you can best prepare for each of those formats. [1:09:24]


Rapid startup school for postdocs and graduate students
Arizona State University’s Venture Catalyst in collaboration with ASU’s technology transfer arm, Arizona Technology Enterprises (AzTE), is launching a new program aimed at creating startup activity in postdoctoral researchers and graduate students.

As opposed to standard academic modules and programs, this part-time program applies a very “pracademic” approach to developing an entrepreneurial mindset and real new venture creation. The program modules are taught by pracademic adjunct faculty from leading external organizations, supplemented by online modules from the ASU Venture Catalyst.

These mini-modules are two or three hours long, depending on the subject matter, and delivered after-hours on the Tempe campus. The program includes additional course materials to allow participants to work on their ideas outside of class. As new venture creation and founder team formation is a core objective of the program, networking sessions among the participants will occur throughout the program.

This new program is offered free to graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. It is based on a successful similar program that Gordon McConnell ran in Dublin City University in Ireland where out of the first cohort of seventeen young researchers, two startups were created.

Read the ASU news release here:

Negotiation basics

Negotiation basics for graduate and professional students
Former Associate Vice Provost of the ASU Graduate College, Dr. Joan Brett, shares extensive knowledge of negotiation in this presentation. Topics include: examining constructs, important issues associated with negotiation, and useful negotiation techniques.

Postdoctoral positions (Postdocs)
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Professional Jobs

Creating a resume and cover letter (recorded webinar)
This session focuses on constructing a skill-based resume that will highlight experiences from work, school or extracurricular activities to help you present yourself in the most competitive way for non-academic, professional positions. [55:20]

Interviewing for professional jobs (recorded webinar)
This webinar covers how to prepare for and conduct yourself during an interview for a job outside of academics, i.e. in government, industry, or business, and what you can expect in the job interview process from an initial or phone interview to the final interview and job acceptance. [44.17]

Career services
ASU Career Services recognizes career development for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars can be slightly different than what is needed by undergraduate students. Career Services and Graduate Education are working together to provide graduate students and postdocs the tools and resources, comprehensive services in all areas of career advising and assessment, career events and fairs, educational programs, and partnerships with local, state, regional, and national employers to enrich graduate education with additional workforce development.

Sun Devil CareerLink
Sun Devil CareerLink is your one-stop tool to:

  • Apply for Jobs and internships targeted to ASU students and alumni

  • Schedule on-campus interviews for jobs and internships

  • Post your resume for employers to see

  • Receive emails with information about upcoming career events

  • Build a Job Search Agent to monitor jobs as they are posted

career guide
Career Services has compiled the Career Guide to help all students in all aspects of career preparation: determining the right major and career, general career preparation, resources on the job search, and information on continuing education.