Job Search Outside Academia

Tufts Masters and PhD grads are successful in careers in the private, public and nonprofit sectors. The Career Center supports grad students as they prepare documents, search and apply for positions, interview and make decisions about options. Use the following resources to help you move forward.

Resumes and Cover Letters

In addition to the samples and tips below, visit the Career Center resume & cover letter page for info about formatting and customizing your documents, creating a list of references, and more.

Job Search Tips and Listings



  • Versatile PhD: Career Finder provides real stories by Ph.Ds, ABDs and MAs who translated their degrees into non-academic careers. Get advice and view the resumes and cover letters they used to get their first non-academic jobs. For access, log in to Handshake, click on “Career Center” (top nav), then “Career Resources for Students and Alumni” and scroll down to Versatile PhD.
  • GoinGlobal:  Industry trends, job search information, and cultural advice in 40 countries. For access, log in to Handshake, click on “Career Center” (top nav), then “Career Resources for Students and Alumni” and scroll down to GoinGlobal.
  • Imagine PhD: Create a free account to access self-assessment tools, information for 16 job families in the humanities and social sciences, sample resumes and cover letters, and more
  • myIDP: Brought to you by Science Careers, this resource offers info on various scientific career paths, as well as self-assessment and goal-setting tools
  • CareerBeam: Career Research tool profiling millions of companies, thousands of jobs, and business information by industry. Set up job alerts, save companies/jobs/contacts to your account, and streamline your career research and job search. Create an account with your email to get started
  • Opportunities in Public Affairs: Job and internship opportunities in the DC area focused on government, public relations, advocacy, and media. Log in with username: TuftsCC and password: Jumbo


  • The Professor is In, The Essential Guide to Turning Your Ph.D. into a Job by Karen Kelsky, PH.D. (Three Rivers Press 2015)
  • So What are you Going to Do with That? Finding Careers Outside Academia by Susan Basalla & Maggie Debelius (University of Chicago Press 2015)
  • Next Gen PhD, A guide to Career Paths in Science by Melanie V. Sinche (Harvard University Press 2016)

Grad Career News

Grad Career News is a monthly eNewsletter specifically for AS&E grad students. It's jam-packed with job listings, career events and helpful advice. All issues include upcoming Career Center programs, regional career fairs/events and job, fellowship and scholarship listings. In addition, each issue features an FAQ answered by expert career advisors and a spotlight on a career topic of interest to grad students. Check out the June 2018 issue and sign up to receive future monthly issues.