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07/24/09
Academic Position. Application “No Man’s Land”
Filed under: Position Searching, Public Relations docs, Mentoring, Mature professionals
Posted by: site admin @ 6:06 am

Maybe some have faced a similar situation.  An ad
appeared in C&EN for a lecturer position for whch
I seem suited (within reason:  using my experience
and previous teaching and training experience).

After a conversation with the chairman telling me
that there were two openings for analytical and
inorganic, I decided to apply.  My CV was sent
in.  In my cover letter, I discussed how my experience
has influenced my teaching philosophy.

Separately, I asked 4 references to write letters.

A week later an email came to my second email
address, not the one listed on my CV or cover letter,
indicating that my application was incomplete,
not containing teaching philosophy and letters of
reference.

While one reference sent in her letter, three
had not and I contacted each.  One was going on
vacation, one was pressed for time and the third
had a wrong contact information.

This week a letter came to my second email account
indicating I was not on the “short-list” of candidates.

(1) Please be aware of the short amount of time
for application submission now. 
(2) Be prepared to send in all your documents
and keep
track of references’ addresses. 
(3) Be in direct contact with references, knowing
when
letters were sent. 
(4) Have back-up references in case your
primary people will be out of town or unavailable.

I cannot fault the university for their process.

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