Unofficial Advice for PhD Students > Job Market

Going on the Graduate Job Market

For PhD candidates, the most obvious way to look for a job is through the AEA meetings in January; see Time Line for the AEA Market for details about how it works. The AEA market is highly organized, which makes it relatively easy to use. On the other hand, it reaches a fairly narrow selection of employers. If you're a masters candidate, or a PhD candidate looking for a nonacademic job, you'll want to broaden your search. You can do that by using the placement services, web sites and other tools below. It will take more work and creativity, but you'll reach a broader selection of employers.

With that said, here are some tips on conducting an effective job search. Not all of these tips will necessarily apply to you; some depend on whether you are going on the market with a masters degree or are a doctoral candidate, and others depend on whether you are looking for an academic or nonacademic job.

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Peter J Wilcoxen, The Maxwell School, Syracuse University
Revised 09/20/2007