How to Get Hired
May 2016 (perspective of an assistant professor)
How can you get hired for a job that you want?
This is one of the most important questions in life. Why? Because most of us need to work for a living and, if given the choice, want the best job that we can get. I've been thinking a lot about this question lately since I've been both trying to hire people (e.g., research students for my lab, new faculty for my department) and trying to get myself hired.
So how can you get hired? You need to show that you have three important qualities:
That all sounds fine in theory, but how can you even get a chance to demonstrate that you have these qualities? How can you get considered for the job in the first place? Here are some ways:
You don't always need all three C's. For instance, some jobs can be gotten from credentials alone. Conversely, high credibility or charisma can make up for a lack of formal credentials. But the more C's you have, the better.
In the end, there's no simple formula for getting a good job, but some of these ideas may inspire you to think more about how they apply to your own situation. Good luck in your job hunt!