Does your work week ever end?

If you’ve chosen a career path in academia you may well feel that there is no such thing as a working week, and it’s more of a way of life. With a short search in Google you will be able to find survey results (from the Nature Journal, Higher Ed, Times Higher Education) going back to 2012 which all say that over 50% of survey participants work upwards of 60 hours per week. Most people feel that this is part of life in academia, or is it a question of managing your time more efficiently and being more focused and productive within 40 hours?

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Round up of academic writing month 2016

Why spend a month focusing on your academic writing? As Anna Tarrant puts it:

“…academic writing is a problem. It’s a problem because it is still the primary way we share our research and gain esteem. It’s a problem because the long-form writing we have to do as PhD students can feel more like purgatory than an apprenticeship. And it’s a problem because few of us start our careers with positive attitudes to writing or having established a regular and sustainable writing practice.

Anna Tarrant is a research Associate in the faculty of Health and Social Care at the Open University and managing editor of PhD2Published

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The only way to do your video interview

One of the things that has changed in this digital age is the job interview process. Video interviewing is now becoming more and more popular with universities, especially when recruiting for international roles. Video interviews represent the new frontier of job interviewing, so you shouldn’t be surprised if your next job search requires you to take part in one.

To help you to prepare for and take part in your next video interview, this post will look at the importance of having a good online reputation, how to prepare for the interview, and what to do — and what not to do — on the day of the video interview.

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3 steps to better time management for overstretched researchers

There are just 24 hours in a day and 168 hours in a week, and on average, depending on how many days in a month, about 730 hours in a month, and about 8,760 hours in a year. How you use those hours to work, eat, sleep and relax is down to the choices you make. But very often we feel at the mercy of deadlines and unexpected things that crop up and require our urgent attention. So, how do you manage your time to avoid racing or lurching from one task to another before sleep over takes you and you simply have to go to bed?

Here’s three things you will have to do:-

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Six ways to make your academic CV work for – and not against – you

Some academics excel in their specialist field but fall short when it comes to setting out the unique offer they bring to the academic world. It is worth investing in ensuring that your CV – the single document charged with representing all you have achieved and have to offer – is the best it can be.

Your CV needs to work hard for you.

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Beating the bots, how to make it through applicant tracking systems

Many institutions can receive hundreds, if not thousands of applications. Perhaps your area of research is very niche and you are not likely to be one of hundreds, but you could still be one of dozens of applicants. If the institution you are applying to uses an Applicant Tracking System (ATS), and you do not complete your application in such a way that an ATS understands it, then your application may not make it through to human eyes for review!

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Got an interview? Get prepared

Have you got an interview? Before you even start preparing your presentation you should find out who will be on your interview panel, and get to know your audience. This will help you to present yourself and your work in the best possible light. Remember the people who are interviewing you are not only looking for competence and expertise, they are also looking for a new colleague.

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Is it time for you to work in another country?

No matter where you are in your academic career path there may come a time when you begin to consider institutions outside of your current location. An opportunity could arise through the network that you have built up throughout your career, or it could be simply through seeing a fantastic opportunity on a brilliant global job site for higher education.

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How to increase the reach of your published work

Your work has been published in a brilliant journal with an excellent impact factor. This may be quite recently, or it could be some time ago, and due to recent events, or published findings, it is time to reiterate the results of that particular piece of research. Today more research is being discussed on-line. Your work could be discussed on social media sites and in research blogs. It could be mentioned in public policy documents and news articles. So it could be beneficial for you to be part of that discussion.

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How to survive journal peer review

Your manuscript has been sent for review and returned to you. Unless you are one of the lucky few it may be returned with one of the following responses from the editor:-

1. Rejection, do not resubmit.
2. Declined for now, future acceptance possible, major edits needed on the manuscript.
3. Declined for now, future acceptance very likely, minor edits need to be made on the manuscript.

The quality of a manuscript can be greatly enhanced through revision in the light of reviewers’ comments. But how do you respond to reviewers’ comments in a way that fully opens up the possibility of having your manuscript accepted on re-submission?

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