I'd like to once again encourage our readers on the job-market this year to fill out the job-market survey I'm conducting, and to spread the word to others on the market who might be interested in filling it out, as well. The more data we get, the better statistical picture we'll have of precisely which things help and do not help job-candidates on the market, and to what extent. In the future, I will probably deploy the survey through other means--Google docs or Qualtrics perhaps--but in the meantime I would like to thank everyone that has taken part.
As soon as I run the data analysis, I will present the results here. What I hope to do then is begin a new Cocoon feature: a Job Market Boot-Camp of sorts offering information and advice, and soliciting advice and discussion from readers, on all things job-market related. My hope is to run a rather long series of posts on everything ranging from dossier materials, to networking, to obtaining new recommendation letters, to interviewing, and beyond. Although I don't pretend to have all the answers, I did spend something like 8 years on the market--struggling mightily for several years before making some changes that led to much better results the past few years--and I would like to share some of the experiences and lessons I think I've learned, and invite readers to do the same. Hopefully we can have some good discussions that present and future job-marketeers will find helpful.
Here is an initial working outline of the series:
- Part 1: Building a better CV
- Part 2: Recommendation letters
- Part 3: Networking and online presence
- Part 4: Should you hire a job-market consultant?
- Part 5: The cover-letter
- Part 6: The research statement
- Part 7: The teaching statement
- Part 8: The teaching dossier
- Part 9: The writing sample
- Part 10: The Skype interview
- Part 11: The APA interview
- Part 12: The on-campus interview
Are there any topics not listed that you would like to see covered in the series? If so, please do leave a comment letting me know!