Today I received notification that one of my manuscripts has been accepted for publication. I've been told by my advisors to send an updated vita to the search committees for jobs to which I've already applied. My question is if, based on the wiki, some of these places have already contacted their short lists or scheduled interviews, should I even bother? Also, if the job ad does not indicate an email address for inquiries, who would you contact? The department chair, perhaps?
Date: 26 Oct 2011 19:25
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has anyone ever lost a job because they updated the search committee? If you did it once a week, that would be a mistake…but if this changes the picture of your CV in a positive way, listen to your advisors and do it.
Don't pay attention to whether or not interviews have been scheduled. You have no idea how things are going to turn out and it is pretty low cost for you to do.
Write to the departmental admin. assistant to see where you should direct your materials.
In a similar spirit…I have two papers, currently listed as 'in prep' on my CV, that I will be submitting in the next week or so. Should I send around an updated CV in this case, even though it's just to move the papers from 'in prep' to 'under review'? They're both going out to good journals, but it still seems like it might be a stretch to send a new CV.
I would not suggest an update for things moving to under review. I think the only things that warrant updates are accepted manuscripts. Or if the committee asks for it, a general updated vita in which you could list new things under review, or things that have received invited revision.
As an aside, I think it's lame to list manuscripts in prep on your vita. It's very difficult to tell what that means and my guess is that varies greatly across people (I had an idea vs. we have run three studies, the entire draft is written, but we're just waiting on one more set of data to come in).
Interesting point, socialite. I was actually told by a couple of people to take the 'in prep' stuff out of my CV. I kept them in only because the papers were extremely close (they had both been drafted and were in the revision process) and because I specifically talked about both papers in my research statement (and mentioned that they would be submitted soon). In general, I agree that when you see a whole long list of 'in prep' papers on a CV, it's a red flag, especially if the CV is a bit light otherwise. That's why I was thinking it'd be good to send the updated CV showing they've both actually been submitted…but it feels a little weird to update just to 'under review.' I really need something else to happen, like an acceptance, so I can update the whole thing and send it back around.
As a general rule (though there are exceptions), I would leave "in prep" papers off your CV. As noted by socialite, "in prep" varies in meaning, whereas "under review" clearly indicates that there is a complete draft of the paper available. Also, you don't want to give search committees the impression that you're trying to pad your CV (regardless of your intention, they might see it as padding). One exception to the rule would be if you have no publications at all (or just 1 or 2). In that case, it's probably better to list something than to have a nearly empty section of your CV.
Anonbanon — It was a decent journal. Not the best, but respectable.
Re: in prep — I have an in prep section, but all of the papers in it are one's that have been previously submitted and rejected, and are now being prepared for submission to different journals. My understanding was that "in prep" meant you had collected data and had at least a methods/results written, meaning that if someone asked to see a draft you could at least send them a portion of a manuscript. I sure hope my in prep papers aren't viewed negatively, though I don't think it will look like "padding" as I have more papers published or under review than in prep. Is it possible that the standard for this varies by discipline?
Having been on lots of search committees now, I don't thinking keeping an "in prep" section is bad — unless that is all there is. I like to know that people have a lot of irons in the fire with regards to research. Plus, given that taking a job means a new start on research (i.e., building a lab), it is good to know that people are coming in with data that can keep them occupied until the lab is up and running. Thus, I don't think this is a negative. I think many search members view it positively. I certainly do.