I feel so bad asking my letter writers to keep sending more and more letters on my behalf. I wish more schools asked for just a vitae and cover letter, and then asked for the rest after their first cut. Are search committees really reading 100's of letters during their search?
Date: 16 Nov 2012 18:56
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agreed. And search committees consist of professors who are requesting the letters that they then have to write for their own students — you would think as a group they could just cut down their own workload by agreeing to request letters from those who are being interviewed only….it really is so much work…and the fact that they are all asked to be sent in different ways…
Yah I personally am not paying for that type of service. I've also profusely apologized to my letter writers and each uniformly told me that this is part of their job and expect to be continuously asked for more letters. I plan on sending nice thank notes when I am done with the application process.
From both an applicant and letter-writer standpoint, interfolio and other services are nightmares… If more than one school a given person is applying for uses interfolio, it's nearly impossible to tell which letters have been submitted or not or to where… Schools that are simply asking applicants and letter writers to email everything in are the tops in my book!
In other fields and also in Europe and Australia they only ask for a CV and cover letter.
I actually loved Interfolio; letter writers could upload once and then I could submit to as many schools as I wanted without having to go back to my busy letter writers. It doesn't matter if the place you are applying to uses Interfolio; you have them send the letters via snail mail or upload them to a website…I did most of my apps from my couch in my pajamas without bothering anyone, and that feeling was well worth the price of the Interfolio service.