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Get ready for your secondary requests

Posted in Process Stories,The Education Industry by Arnold Pan on November 10, 2010
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I just peeked on the Academic Jobs Wiki for the first time in a few weeks.  I have to say it’s much better not applying for jobs this year and not having to sweat all the responses to the listings on the Wiki.  In the past, you see someone else post that s/he’s gotten some kind of request, which only leads to a bunch of speculation on the Wiki and in your head: When did you get the request?  Is it because you sent in your application early and the school sends out responses on a rolling basis?  Are they responding alphabetically?  Why haven’t I even gotten the Affirmative Action postcard?

In the end, there are some things to remember: 1. Yes, your application got where it’s supposed to go, so don’t sweat waiting for a receipt; 2. There’s a person on the other end of the application, probably someone who’s overworked and underpaid, so just wait; 3. You either have a shot or not, so just wait.  Still, you should be ready–like we’ve been telling you to be–in case you get that email you’ve been waiting for asking you for more materials.  Because once things get rolling, the process can spin out of control, leaving you wondering why you didn’t use the time you had earlier on–i.e., now.

Be polite: When you receive correspondence from a department, respond to the message and be nice about it.  Take a little time and be anal about sending out a proper response, even if it’s to a work-study student who’s saddled with all the work and not the chair of the search committee.  Treat everyone the same way, especially if you’re the paranoid type who worries that being perceived as rude or aloof or anything might blackball you or cause something to happen to your application.  But be nice mostly because it’s the right thing to do, too.

More tips after the jump…