Frequently asked questions

I am late in getting my documents together for the application deadline. Can you still help me?

Yes, we can still help you. Depending on how close to the application deadline we are, there may be extra 'rush' charges applied, but until the application deadline has passed, we can help.

Do you take partial payment for your services?

No. As much as we like to help folks, we are a business and so, we won't work with you until your payment is received via Paypal. You do not need a Paypal account and we take debit or credit for payments. If you have a question about one of our services give us a call or send us an email.

I am preparing for promotion and tenure. Can you review my tenure package?

Absolutely! The promotion and tenure process is an anxiety-ridden process and it helps to have an objective reviewer look over your package. We're happy to be that objective reviewer - check out our Store page.

I am undecided between an industry and academic position. Can you help me decide?

Sure! You can set-up one-on-one consulting call with Dr. Lightfoot. Also, check out Finding the Best Faculty Job for You. Chapter 2 deals specifically with the 'industry vs. academic' question.

Are you available to speak to on campus groups like a sorority or fraternity?

We are available to speak to any group regarding careers in academia. While we are not a search firm, we are also available to help Search Committees, Departments, and Colleges set up their searches for maximal efficiency and in some cases, we are able to provide potential candidates for your searches. For information and speaking schedule send us an email.

Do you assist post-docs in the liberal arts?

We primarily specialize in assisting job seekers and faculty in the Life Sciences (Biology, Kinesiology, Health, etc.) and other 'hard' sciences. There are several services and books that focus on liberal arts careers in academia. We would recommend those resources since the liberal arts take a bit different approach to searching and career development. With that disclaimer in mind, we are happy to chat with you if you are going into the liberal arts and will help you in any way we can.

Can you help me with documents if I am applying for a non-academic position?

Yes, we're happy to help you with application documents even if you aren't applying for an academic position.

Does Dr. Lightfoot do Skype consultations?

Yes, if you would like to schedule a Skype call email our office to get on Dr. Lightfoot's calandar and to discuss consultation fees.

Does Dr. Lightfoot speak at academic career workshops and seminars?

Certainly. To discuss seminar fees and schedule contact us at

Help! I don't know what to wear for my interviews, can you help me?

Absolutely, we offer Skype wardrobe consultations to help you make your wardrobe challenges a thing of the past! For information on fee's and scheduling your consultation email us at

I need someone to walk me through the application process. Does Dr. Lightfoot offer one-on-one coaching?

Absolutely! If you need a coach or mentor to get you through the process email us at Once we have a phone conversation we will be able to assess your needs and share with you the fee structure.

Can I pay with a credit or debit card?

Sure. We accept all major credit and debit cards. We also accept payments via Paypal.

Why would I want to purchase your e-document downloads?

Great question! We designed our e-documents for the individual who doesn't feel the need to purchase one of our books. Our bite-sized writing e-documents come with a 2-3 page template with an accompanying audio by Dr. Lightfoot that will walk the listener through the process of writing their chosen document. The book offers much more information and guidance, however the e-documents will get an individual headed and writing in the right direction.



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