What are the perspectives on the market this year (specifically for clinical/counseling)? I am on a university search committee, we are reviewing apps in 2 weeks and only have a handful in at this point. The job is listed on APA, Chronicles, and through here so I don't think PR is the issue. Granted, not a R1 university.
I'm not in clinical, so perhaps I'm not representative, but I personally have been sending all my apps in right before each deadline (i.e., the day before)- just in case any final manuscripts get accepted, etc, that I could add to my CV. So, you may see a sudden increase in a couple weeks.
I'm also not in clinical, but I submitted my apps about 2-4 weeks before the deadlines, mainly to give my letter writers time to send in their letters.
As for my perspective on the market, I think it is okay (relative to recent years) but not great.
It seems to me that there are fewer clinical/counseling postings this year….
I agree with vd - I submit mine 2-4 weeks in advance for the sake of my letter writers. Also some schools do read aps early…. primacy effect!
(I'm the first anon poster above):
To clarify, maybe it's a difference between clinical and other postings, but when I send my app is independent from when my letter writers send their letters. They know far in advance when the deadlines are, and they email their letters at their own convenience. Only one of my schools sent them an automated request for letters after I had submitted my app. Regarding the primacy effect, I see your point, but…I have had several advisers tell me that submitting well before the deadline is not particularly helpful — and certainly isn't worth the alternative possibility of adding an extra paper to the CV. Maybe this is because I have several manuscripts under review so adding an "in-press" is a genuine possibility.
I'm in clinical and this is my third time on the market (the other times were 2009-10 and 2011-12). This is anecdotal rather than empirical, but my feeling is that the market is a little better this year. I feel like I'm seeing both a greater quantity of jobs overall and a greater number of "good" jobs (R1s and R2s, including more than usual in desirable locations). I have no idea how the market is in terms of applicants, though, and perhaps that's what you really want to know. From my perspective, I hope your post means that there are fewer, as I know that the market has been completely bloated with strong clinical applicants in the past few years.
I also tend to wait until the last possible minute, unless it's one of those systems that prompts letter writers to submit only after you submit. My reasoning is based on experience— last year I submitted a few weeks before the deadlines and then had a couple publications accepted right after I submitted. I attempted to have them added to my applications but who knows if they really were.
Although not in clinical, I can speak a bit to applications and when they are submitted. For a position at my institution, we were in a similar situation: only a handful of applications submitted a week before the deadline. However, by the deadline, we ended up with more than a 100 applications.
To boost application numbers, you may also want to send out the posting through relevant listserves that potential clinical applicants are likely to be on.
Right now, candidates with a completed application have a 25% chance of being hired:) Low numbers, high quality. Don't know if that is really a bad problem to have though.