I don't know if anybody else is still waiting for things to settle, but I am! Hope things turn out well for those of us for whom things are still in motion!
Date: 05 Apr 2011 20:59
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Still here, still waiting on a job - the "good" applications I'm still waiting on are visiting positions. One of them might be resolved this week, but I've received some other messages saying that committees are just starting to look at applications now. I definitely figured that things would be settled before April …
I'm still here… but I used this year to "get my feet wet". I had some outside interest but nothing went passed a campus interview. I consider this somewhat successful. I'll be really on the market for 2011-2012.
However, I'm also looking at postdocs and will probably put more emphasis on the postdoc depending on the offer.
My job search was a total bust — not a single interview anywhere. I've been pretty good about not dwelling on it; however, my main concern now is whether I'll still be able to keep my current postdoc position (the grant on which I'm supported expires in the fall).
I've heard that from so many awesome people :-( What a crappy year to be on the market!
Agreed! And a slow year! I'm waiting on two places that are making their decision this week, a phone interview this week, and just applied to a place that had a deadline of 4/1. I can't believe it is April and I'm still waiting…
I'm also waiting on two places to make their decision this week—in April? Seriously?
Update—I got one offer and one search (first choice) was called off. Grateful for the offer…
I know, it is torture! I suppose I should be happy that its not quite over for me yet, but it feels like this process has been going on and on (and on).
Yep, still here. Total bust. I had several phone interviews, but only one campus interview. No offer. SOOOOO hard not to be hard on myself. At least I have managed to find some funding for the next year… how many years in a row can I be asking my advisors to write letters??! I'm sure they're like "Jeeze, you STILL don't have a job??!"
I feel your pain anon4! I'm still waiting on delayed searches, (2 places that haven't even conducted phone interviews- ugh) but I cant imagine going through this again! I know what you mean about the letters. Hopefully most people can empathize with us that this is a terrible market and many amazing candidates are not securing positions this year. I find it hard to explain to my friends/family outside of academia.. "Yup guys, I've been slaving away for the past decade, and still don't have a job!" *sigh*
I know you are probably sick of hearing this, but it's all about fit, which means it might be a while before the "right" place shows up. The place I ended up felt serendipitous. This department contained a strange and wonderful convergence of coincidences that made it a perfect fit for me. If I were your advisors, I would know this, and would not be judging you.
While skimming through the recent APA survey of faculty salaries I came across some interesting (but depressing) data at the end. Table 35 reports data concerning "Measures Implemented by U.S. and Canadian Departments of Psychology as a Result of Budget Constraints over the Past Two Years." For U.S. doctoral departments, 47% of respondents indicated that they implemented hiring freezes/reductions. That quantifies what many of us have no doubt perceived from watching the job market these past few years.
Wow, 47%. I would have almost guessed higher for reductions, but, YUCK.