Job Market Advice for 2022/23


Placement Timeline and FAQs

To assist with the preparation and planning for the market, refer to the suggested timeline and FAQs.
FAQ 1 (July/August)

CV, Resume, and Webpage

Curriculum Vitae Template for Harvard Economics Job Market Candidates (* in Word using table layout; turn on "view gridlines") and general information on constructing your Curriculum Vitae.

For those applying to any private-sector job, a non-academic resume is your calling card. The Office of Career Services provides excellent help in the form of workshops and Resume and Cover Letter advice and templates. Previous Harvard students give OCS high marks, especially in helping with Resume writing.

Directions for setting up your webpage and the Harvard logo to use in creating your page.

Advice and Resources for the Job Market

Writing Resources
Writing well and effectively is an important skill. These resources will help.
Claudia Goldin, The Ten Most Important Rules of Writing Your Job Market Paper
Deidre McCloskey, Economical Writing
William Zinsser, On Writing Well; The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction

Tips and Advice
Chris Blattman, Managing the Academic Job Market. Chris Blattman (University of Chicago Harris School) offers some of the best advice we’ve seen. Read it. Some will be more relevant and some less relevant to your specific job search.

John Cawley, Guide and Job Market Advice (2018-2019 edition). A standard resource in economics.

Eric Zwick, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Market. Zwick graduated from Harvard in 2014 and is an Associate Professor of Finance at University of Chicago Booth School.

Anonymous, The Market in the Time of COVID (2021).

American Economic Association, Communications from the Committee on the Job Market. Some recent information on supply and demand (what else?), plus the AEA’s advice to employers.

Non-Academic Tips and Advice. Note the advice under “Job search through connections: Who.” You have lots of friends and family – previous Harvard PhDs. If they are working at a place you’d like to be, use them as a resource to find non-academic jobs.


GSAS Resources
The Office of Career Services offers a wide range of services and resources tailored specifically to the needs of graduate students pursuing positions in academic and non-academic markets.