Resources for Students on the Job Market

Deadlines and Guidelines
Important Deadlines
Job Market Overview
Ingredients for a successful job search
Job Market Seminar
Seminar Slides
Job Market Interviews
Job Market Fly-Outs


Summary List Template
Summary List Template (cellphone)

The links above are Microsoft Word templates (.doc) files. Save the file as a .doc file when you have added your summary list details. Send the completed .doc file to Jackie, Graduate Program Coordinator, ( as an email attachment. This file should be a one-page document and is due October 1. The template seems to be downloadable only when using Internet Explorer.

The Templates are set for Times New Roman. Do not change this setting. When typing in lists of items for "Degrees", "References", and "Papers", hit "enter" to finish one item, then "tab" to start a new item. This will keep the correct format for the summary.

Also send a copy of your abstract (one page limit) to Jackie ( as an email attachment. The abstract is also due October 1. Do not add header University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Economics. The header will be added for the summary list which will be posted on the Placement Website.

If you need more guidelines, you can refer to past summary lists for examples:

2010 Job Market Candidates CV and Abstract
2009 Job Market Candidates CV and Abstract
2008 Job Market Candidates CV and Abstract
2007 Job Market Candidates CV and Abstract

Sample for cover letters for research school, government jobs, teaching school applications and confirmation letter.

The UW's Writing Center does have resources tailored to graduate students on the job market. Every semester they offer some job market related workshops. Additional workshops that may be of interest to you can be found here:

The Graduate School also has resources available here:

Return Address Labels

Avery 5160 Return Address Labels
Avery 5260 Return Address Labels

Job Market Links
AEA Annual Meeting
Economics Research Network
JOE Signal
Job Openings for Economists (JOE)
Job Openings at
Econ Job Market
NBER - Job Market Candidates

Articles of interest for students on the Job Market:

Mike Conlin and Stacy Dickert - Preparing for the Job Market (1995)

Stock, Wendy A., T. Aldrich Finegan, and John J. Siegfried, Completing an Economics PhD in Five Years, May 2009.

Cawley, John, A Guide (and Advice) for Economists on the U. S. Junior Academic Job Market, October, 2009.

Wendy A. Stock, T. Aldrich Finegan, and John J. Siegfried, Attrition in Economics Ph.D. Programs, May 2006.

Wendy A. Stock and John J. Siegfried, Time-to-Degree for the Economics Ph.D. Class of 2001-2002, May 2006.