New Year Updates

Happy New Year!

I’ve got some interesting blog post topics noted in my writing notebook- I always jot down ideas as they come to me, even when I’m on vacation. I’m also always happy to entertain suggestions for blog topics. Feel free to put them in the comments, send me an email ( melanie at beyondmanaging dot com) or tweet them at me (@melanie_nelson).

Today’s post isn’t from my topics list, though. It is just an update on two other things I have going on.

First of all, I’m running a GoodReads giveaway for Navigating the Path to Industry, my short ebook with advice for conducting a non-academic job search, based on my 10+ years as a hiring manager. I’ve hired people at all levels, from¬†people straight out of college to people with a PhD and many years experience, and I think the advice in the book is broadly applicable to all of them. One of my early reviews was from an actuary, and she agreed. You can find more information about the book, including links to more reviews and a sample section about informational interviews on the book’s web page.

The giveaway ends on January 16, so enter soon!

If you weren’t aware that I write books, check out the Books page on this blog, which lists both of my¬†short ebooks. You can also visit my GoodReads profile, which also includes my children’s books.

I’m also starting a new monthly column at Chronicle Vitae. My first column will be out sometime in January (I’ll be sure to share it!) but if you are active on the site, you can also connect to me there, via my profile. I’ll be writing about management and productivity, aimed at an academic audience. I may also write about searching for a job outside of academia.

I’ll write up one of my meatier topics and post again soon. In the meantime, feel free to share any projects you have going in the comments.


  1. There’s an extra h and a ttp:// wrapped around the link to your Chronicle Vitae profile. Looking forward to reading your new column.

    January 2, 2015
  2. EarthSciProf said:

    The link to the book’s web page seems to not be working.

    Just purchased to help myself prep for the second half of the seminar course I’m running for seniors in a Earth Science/Geology major. I’m planning to talk about, and have them work on, resumes and cover letters so I anticipate your book being really helpful.

    January 3, 2015
    • EarthSciProf said:

      Also, the GoodReads link isn’t working.

      January 3, 2015
  3. Melanie said:

    Sorry about the broken links, guys. I’m not sure what happened, but somehow extra http’s were inserted in several of them! I think they are all fixed now.

    Also, sincere apologies for not approving these comments (and fixing the links) earlier. Something appears to be broken in the process that emails me when I get comments, so I didn’t notice these come in. I’ve added “fix email on Beyond Managing” to my to do list for today. Comments are at least 90% of the fun of having a blog, and I don’t want to miss any!

    January 14, 2015

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