There has been much debate about whether one should or shouldn't enter the academic job market without a (nearly) completed dissertation in hand. For some graduate students, it might be too risky or even detrimental to send out job applications before completing a substantial portion of their dissertation and setting a defense date. For others, they can't afford the luxury of waiting to go on the job market for financial, motivational, or personal reasons.
For those graduate students that do decide to enter the job market while ABD (all but dissertation), Melissa Dennihy gives some great advice on "how to juggle the demands of grad student life and job-searching while maximizing your chances at job market success." Some highlights from her list of tips include:
- Make the most of spare moments.
- Have one solid dissertation chapter completed.
- Make job materials serve your dissertation-writing.
- Build a strong teaching portfolio.
- Think of yourself as a colleague, not a student.
- Don’t overlook teaching-oriented institutions and community college positions.
Click here to read more tips about going on the job market while ABD.