Thus far, I've had one phone interview with around 18 applications submitted. A lot of my applications have deadlines this month (January) so I am keeping my fingers crossed about ANYTHING. Most of the schools have large teaching loads (4/4 or 3/3) and research as priorities. However, I am quite worried that I may not be able to find employment. Here is some more information about my situation:
- While I am not geographically fixed, I cannot stay where I live now unless I had a full time offer. I will have to move as the cost of living is way more compared to what I would be paid as an adjunct. To live in this area, I would have to teach 5-7 classes a semester. While this is achievable, this is not the outcome I want as I would have a very heavy load, be barely able to pay the bills, and it would greatly hinder my writing.
- My husband has been unemployed since April 2010 and has had little luck finding a job in our area. If he had employment here, I could take a lighter part time role while still being able to pay the bills and write. However, unemployment in our area is quite bad and he has been looking for around 9 months. I do not see this changing.
- However, my husband can find a job where we are originally from. We also have a house to rent in a good neighborhood (in my childhood home). The problem is I went to undergrad in this area and have no connections. I have no connections to my undergraduate institution or any other institutions in the area. Additionally, there are not many colleges in the area either so I'm limited there too.
If I was not able to find full time employment, we would move back home. How would unemployed hurt going on the job market for the 2012-2013 school year?