There is a new opening in the same program/university that I had applied for two years ago. At that time I was not offered even a phone interview. My vita got a bit better since then but not that dramatically. Would it be a good idea to apply again?
Date: 12 Oct 2012 17:06
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From my perspective there is no harm in trying unless you have some clear indication that you are not a viable candidate (i.e., clear lack of fit, job requires more experience than you have, specifically looking for someone to teach course X that is out of your expertise). It seems to me that it is never that clear whether one is or is not a viable candidate so why not go for it again given that your vita has improved to some extent.
Yes, apply again. There are dozens of reasons that you might not have gotten the job. For example, the search committee might have had a certain type of research in mind for the first job (e.g., someone who does research on health and relationships). Every search is a new process with typically new search committee members.
Last year I even applied again to a job I had interviewed for the year before - and again got an interview for this second position. Just apply and don't worry about what happened during previous searches.