Monday, September 13, 2010

Job Postings

I was on the job market for 3 years before I got this job. One of the hardest things for me was imagining all these futures with X job and then not getting it. Now we're both going through this and it is rugged.

So, most of the job postings for my husband's field seem to be up, there are at least 60 jobs. He's probably applying to 30 or 40 jobs, although some are a reach and some are someplace he doesn't want to work. If he does want to work there and the area is off, he's applying. If he doesn't want to work there and the area is right, he's applying.

We're assuming the schools on the quarter system will have later job postings.

My field? 20 jobs so far, of which about 5 I can apply to. Only one can match my 2/2 load, and I'm not sure how to market the application otherwise. Sigh.

One school has openings in both our departments, and it's actually a good match for me and a great match for my husband. I'm not sure if my department would think I'm a good match though, because I have some inside knowledge of their prejudices/priorities.

The best news, we think, is that the school where my husband did his first post-doc has multiple openings. And, the departments are a good fit for both of us. And, there is an alternative department for me. And, it's an R1 with a 2/2 load. We know the area and could settle there easily again.

I'm trying hard not to imagine these futures. Frankly, my first choice is the two schools that need more professors in my program both because of workload and coverage. Creating a job for me in those departments would not be taking a job from anyone else and fixing a needed hole. So, I'm trying to get over the stigma of having a spousal.

1 comment:

  1. But, as I now notice, I'm already imagining this future where someone would offer either of us a spousal position. Sigh.