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Conducting an Academic Job Search with Clarity, Positivity, and Resilience

Embarking on the academic job market is no small undertaking; your livelihood and your identity are on the line. And with all the negative messages about the current state of the academic job market from mentors, peers, and media fear mongers, you worry that your dream job may not come your way. Rather than seeing the job search as an adventure and an opportunity, you feel lost at sea.

Before you get started with your academic job search, join Dr. Paula Thompson’s webinar for techniques on how to manage the uncertainty of an academic job search in ways that increase your clarity, positivity, and resilience.

During this webinar you will learn how to:

  • Clarify what you want to achieve with this job search, and how it fits into your career and life goals
  • Understand why job searching triggers fears and uncertainties
  • Create a positive framework and mindset for your job search
  • Use the job search to articulate your brand and put your best self forward
  • Assess whether job openings fit your criteria
  • Cultivate resilience and hope to sustain yourself during the job search process

Join Paula Thompson for this webinar October 1, 2014:

  • noon PDT
  • 1 p.m. MDT
  •  2 p.m. CDT
  • 3 pm EDT

About the Presenter

Paula Thompson is an Academic Coach at ACW. As a professional coach and adjunct faculty member, Paula works collaboratively with faculty and graduate students to help them develop the skills they need to achieve their academic goals. Her areas of expertise include pre-tenure career management, mid-career navigation, leadership development, mentoring, and optimizing non-tenure track careers. She has supported faculty development and career success as an Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs at the University of Southern California and the Program Director for Faculty Development at the Duke University School of Medicine. She specializes in coaching high-performing individuals as they strive toward achieving their next level of personal and professional success. She takes a strength-based approach to coaching, emphasizing what naturally works best for individuals and helping them align their career path with their core values. Paula’s graduate training is in organizational change with a focus on internal cognitive, communicative, and neurobiological processes as a contributing factor in organizational relationship management and job performance. Her research explores the phenomenon of mentally imagining oneself in conversation with real-life coworkers. She also studies the application of positive psychology and prospective psychology to self-leadership. Paula has her BA in biology from Washington University in St. Louis, MPH from UCLA, and EdD in Organizational Change from Pepperdine University.

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