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05/18/2012

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Trevor Hedberg

I haven't navigated the market myself, but I'll share the biggest piece of advice I got from two graduate students who went through the process last year: finish assembling your application materials in the summer. Get your writing sample, CV, student evaluations, etc., in order before the semester starts. The process of putting everything together takes longer than you'd expect, and you don't want to be dealing with it in September (when the semester is in full swing).

Marcus Arvan

Having been on the market a few times, I can confirm that that is very good advice. A good dossier takes a great deal of time. Start now if you haven't already (and see Mark Alfano's earlier post for a good picture of what a good dossier looks like!)

Mark Alfano

First of all, I second both Marcus and Trevor's suggestion. Both very solid. Another is to get at least one letter of recommendation from a distinguished scholar outside of your department. The word of such people carries a lot of weight because they have less of a vested interest in getting you a job.

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