Career Resources

The Five Skills

The Career Diversity Five Skills were first identified in focus groups of historians with PhDs who found careers beyond traditional academia--five things they hadn't learned in grad school but that they found they needed in order to succeed beyond the academy. Incidentally, these five skills are also essential to succeeding as professors. This guide provides a description of each skill, followed by resources useful for developing that skill.

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Interfolio is an online service that streamlines the application process for job seekers by delivering and collecting professional dossiers. AHA members receive a complimentary subscription to use the Interfolio Dossier service. Users can manage multiple letters of recommendation, upload writing samples, choose which materials will be delivered to prospective employers, and create professional portfolios to showcase their work. Log in to MY AHA for a discount code to sign up or renew.

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Careers for History Majors

Cover of Careers for History Majors Pamphlet

Through clear graphs and informal prose, readers will find hard data, practical advice, and answers to common questions about the study of history and the value it affords to individuals, their workplaces, and their communities in this new booklet from the AHA. 

Careers for History Majors

FAQs: Professional Issues

Q: Does the AHA have an official position on plagiarism and professional conduct?
A: The Statement on Standards of Professional Conduct outlines the shared values of the profession.

Q: Does the AHA have guidelines on the hiring process, tenure, and promotion?
A: In addition to the general guidelines in the Statement on Standards of Professional Conduct, the Association periodically issues best practices, reports, and guidelines on hiring, tenure, and promotion that are collected on our Ethics & Standards page.

Q: What resources does the AHA have to help with a departmental review?
A: The AHA offers this article, “How to Organize an Outside Review,” to help with a departmental review.

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