A lot of people have been discussing the job numbers I posted yesterday. One of the more common things I've heard is that it would be helpful to know how many applicants there were by AOS, as that would provide some measure of how many jobs there are in different areas per applicant. I agree, and today I came across a suggestion here at Daily Nous that it might be feasible to crowdsource that information from hiring departments. In reply, I added that it might be even easier to crowdsource that information from job-applicants--as job PFO/rejection letters often include a statement by hiring departments on how many people applied for the position. Over at Daily Nous, one commenter already took me on up this suggestion, writing:
My PFO from Toronto (Ancient search) stated that there were “roughly 100” candidates. This seems to imply that there are roughly 100 job seekers who might qualify for an ancient philosophy job.
Given that there were 11 jobs in ancient this year, this tentatively suggests something like a 10:1 applicant to job ratio in ancient (side-note: there are often applicants who apply for jobs outside of their AOSs, hoping to get the job as a "stretch"--though it's hard to know how many of them there are). What about other jobs? Any job-applicants willing to weigh in on what their PFO letters said about the jobs they applied for? This might help us better gauge--albeit only anecdotally--roughly how many applicants there were this year in different AOSs!