Strange as it may seem, it is wise for students to begin thinking about life after the PhD almost as soon as they enter the program, since the choices one makes early on in the degree will inevitably have important implications down the road. To assist in this regard, the university and the department provide a range of opportunities to prepare in practical ways for an academic career. Bear in mind, of course, that in this, as in so many other ways, the most valuable resource for information and advice will likely be your own PhD advisor.
More than can reasonably be covered in this handbook goes into the foundation of a successful career and job search. A good general guide to professional development and the academic job search process is the GSAS publication “Scholarly Pursuits.”