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I moved. I moved up, by all objective (and subjective) measures. I moved to a place with a lower teaching load, the city where I now live is much better, there is far better support for research. It was purely on the basis of my research record. I published quite a bit in good venues, including a book with one of the big two presses. In the process, I had gained the support of a number of bigger names in my areas of research, who write letters of recommendation/support. But these relations are all based on research - they liked what I had written.
I do know of other cases of people moving where they used their service & administration record to move. The catch is, you must then do that kind of work again. So if your sick of being a chair, but you apply for a chair's job in the state you want to be, you will have to chair ... at least for the first bit (count on 5 years).


Folks definitely get permanent jobs from permanent jobs by applying the usual way. (That's how I got mine - 6 years TT, then hired as Associate through the regular application process.) Definitely do it before you get tenure, though - I think the vast majority of senior hires are by invitation and not application.

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In addition to what Rosa says, it seems worth mentioning that being invited to apply to things at the junior level is fairly meaningless, as far as I can tell. (I was invited to apply for two junior jobs--one first-round interviewed me, the other did not interview me at all, and I ended up with an offer from a school that did not invite me to apply. Also, my own department has invited people to apply for positions and not interviewed (many!) of them. I don't personally think this is great practice, but it makes sense practically--you want the strongest and largest applicant pool possible.) I think things may be different at the senior level (being invited to apply means much more). So if you are still junior, I wouldn't worry at all about being invited to apply for things.

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