History Career Resources

These resources can help you learn more about the career options and job markets available to history graduates, both inside the academy and beyond. Also included here are professionalization resources available to students who are beginning to think about their career paths. We are continuously building the resource database. if you know of an online article or a print source that may be beneficial to our students please email the information to swithycombe@unm.edu

Professionalization and Planning Resources







Job Search Resources

"Academic Job Search for Dummies," by Gabriela Montell,  The Chronicle of Higher Education, 16 March 2001. 

"The #alt-ac Track: Negotiating Your 'Alternative Academic' Appointment," by ProfHacker, The Chronicle of Higher Education, 31 August 2010. 

"Getting Psyched Up for the Market," by Mary Morris Heiberger and Julia Miller Vick, The Chronicle of Higher Education, 29 August 2003. 

"The Hiring Process from the Other Side,"  UC Berkeley Career Center

"The Job Search: Resumes and CVs," by Matthew Yepez, UNM Career Development Facilitator, 24 September 2015.

"Learning the Lingo," by Mary Morris Heiberger and Julia Miller Vick, The Chronicle of Higher Education, 22 April 2002. 

"The PhD's Guide to a Non-Faculty Job Search," by L. Maren Wood, The Chronicle of Higher Education, 6 January 2014. 

"The Repurposed PhD: FInding Life After Academia—and Not Feeling Bad About It," by Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow, The New York Times, 1 November 2013. 

"You're Official Job-Application Checklist," by David D. Perlmutter, The Chronicle of Higher Educationn, 21 October 2012.  

"You're Unofficial Job-Applicaiton Checklist," by David D. Perlmutter, The Chronicle of Higher Education, 19 November 2012.

Print Resources

  • The Academic Job Search Handbook, by Julia Vick, Jennifer Furlong, and Mary Heiberger, 4th edition (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008). 
  • Behind the Academic Curtain: How to Find Success and Happiness with a PhD, by Frank F. Fursternberg (University of Chicago Press, 2013).
  • The Chicago Guide to Your Academic Career: A Portable Mentor for Scholars form Graduate School through Tenure, by John Goldsmith, John Komlos, and Penny Schiine Gold (University of Chicago Press, 2001). 
  • Outside the Ivory Tower: A Guide for Academics Considering Alternative Careers, by Margaret Newhouse (Office of Career Services, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University, 1993). 
  • The Professor Is In: The Essential Guide to Turning Your PhD Into a Job, by Karen Kelsky (New York: Three Rivers Press, 2015).
  • So What Are You Going To Do With That? FInding Careers Outside Academia, by Susan Basalla and Maggie Debelius, 3rd edition (University of Chicago Press, 2015). 
  • What Color is Your Parachute? A Practical Manual for Job Hunters & Career Changers, by Richard Nelson Bolles (revd., Berkeley: Ten Speed Press, 2015).