Job Tracking - Week 8

Somehow, in spite of having what would seem to have been a light Friday with a guest speaker and only one advising appointment, this week has kicked my ass up and down the street. But I did manage two more applications since last week.

It's funny because my applications have clustered up nicely this year in a way they haven't before. I've got three locations where I've got more than three jobs clustered within 90 miles. And several other jobs are in very desirable spots. That's pretty exciting even if the number of job possibilities has slowed down pretty dramatically. One of the good things about a blog is that, when I'm not working to obfuscate where I am or what I do, it's a pretty good record of how things went before, and so I am reminded here that it took me almost a month longer last year to have this many applications out. There's also word that the dream job of last year's crop (or as close as it came) might well have a new position come up, though last year they'd already been plotting interviews while this year they don't have their postings out.

Anyway, here's the status for this week.
Total # of academic jobs applied for/# of jobs identified: 17/20
Total # of non-academic jobs applied for/# of jobs identified 0/0
COST OF THE SEARCH
Total spent in U.S. dollars on applications: $148.37
Average cost in U.S. dollars per applications: $8.73
Total spent in U.S. dollars on travel, etc: $0
Total amount in U.S. dollars reimbursed: $0
WHERE THE CALL CAME FROM:
The Chronicle of Higher Ed: 3
HigherEdJobs.com: 0
Other online service (listserv, etc): 14
Friend/Colleague: 2
Personal Research: 1
THE JOB IS IN THE DETAILS
Total number of paper submissions: 15
Total number of e-submissions: 2
Total weight in pounds of application packets: 19.69
Total number of recommendation letters requested: 33
Total number of requests for references: 5
Total number of "proof of teaching excellence" packs : 8
Total number of requests for Teaching Philosophy :7
Total number of research packs: 11
Total number of transcripts requested: 2
WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING
Total number of acknowledgments of receipt: 13
Total number of confirmed reference contacts: 0
Total number of phone interviews: 0
Total number of conference interviews: 0
Total number of on-campus interviews: 0
Total number of offers: 0
Total number of rejection letters: 0
Total number of canceled or unhired positions: 0
And that's that. More next week.

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Notorious Ph.D. said...

I wonder if "Dream Job" is the one I'm thinking of: ran a search last fall, then in April ran another search for a one-year position?

C'mon, man! Give us a hint!

November 1, 2008 at 10:45 PM
Dr. Curmudgeon said...

I meant to give some links back to the particulars of that job, but I was lazy.

But here and here are a couple of references, but I really think I probably left most of the discussion of the job out for fear of giving identifying information.

But the interview was last fall - probably the end of November-ish, and the position was ideal in a lot of ways: more money, less preps, grad students, a research budget of my own (however modest). But the travel funding wasn't great, and the location seemed nice, but might've been deceptive.

How's that for hints?

November 1, 2008 at 11:11 PM