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Hello -ello -ello -ello? Anyone there -ere -ere -ere? Job seeking! 
19th-Dec-2017 04:15 pm
Studious (HP)
It has been forever and a day since I swung by this place, and from the looks of it, nobody else has either.

I finally completed my PhD in social work in May 2017 and am deep in the throes of academic job search. I have a campus visit and job talk coming up in January. Otherwise, I have submitted dozens of applications and received first interviews with five other schools and not advanced to the next round from four (one interview was yesterday). Three schools rejected my application without an interview. I have heard nothing from the others.

Anyone have some good general advice for my campus visit in January? Also, is my response experience typical?
19th-Dec-2017 09:48 pm (UTC)
My own search was many years back but over forty applications yielded one phone interview (that went no further), two conference interviews (that went no further) and one on-campus interview that landed the job. It's hard to predict and you will often not hear a word back from some applications (which sucks tremendously).

Good luck!
22nd-Dec-2017 03:33 am (UTC)
Thanks! It is helpful to hear others had the same experience.
20th-Dec-2017 02:02 pm (UTC)
I applied to 65 jobs + 5 postdocs, maybe 6 phone interviews, got 2 campus interviews and 1 tt job offer (also 2 postdoc offers).
22nd-Dec-2017 03:33 am (UTC)
Thanks! It is helpful to know.
21st-Dec-2017 05:07 pm (UTC)
All the best with the search!

As for advice - ask questions, especially about people's teaching and research experiences if you have one-on-one interviews. Other people love talking about their own work. It will provide you with further insight into the institution and work climate, plus by showing interest in your potential future colleagues, it'll boost their liking toward you a little.

Your job search experience seems like most. My first academic search involved around 70 or so applications to institutions ranging from R1s to community colleges and temporary positions (visiting / post-docs) too. I wound-up with a half-dozen or so phone interviews, one leading to a rejection, and then four campus invites. I ultimately received two offers and learned a third (post-doc) was on the way.

What I'd say with the job search is unless you're looking to work at a huge research university, just try to land any faculty position at all if it pays okay and is in a tolerable location. After 2 or 3 years you can get back into the job market as a much stronger candidate.

I say that as I did the same thing with my second search involving around 30 applications and a near 100% success rate at landing phone interviews. I cut the search short when I got a fantastic offer from one of the best places I applied to. :-)
22nd-Dec-2017 03:34 am (UTC)
Thanks! This was precisely the advice my dissertation chair gave me. But it's helpful to hear again from someone else.
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