I have a question for the future about things that can/should go in cover letters. My husband is in his first year of TT job and I'm currently doing adjunct work at the same campus. I love what I'm doing but I'd really like a full time teaching position so I'm keeping an eye out for anything that shows up in the area. Because my husband has a solid job at a place he really loves I'm not looking (yet) for any jobs that would make us move too far and thus take him away from his job. When applying to a job is it helpful or even appropriate to mention in some way that I'm already in the area and planning to stay? From my CV they will know that I am doing adjunct work locally but that doesn't automatically imply a desire to stay. Or is that just something that would come up naturally in a phone interview? Thanks!
Date: 23 Jan 2013 20:06
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Absolutely mention it. It's a big factor in your favor, knowing that they'll have an easy time recruiting you (especially if it's a less traditionally desirable location). Obviously, you don't want it to come off as if that's the main reason you're applying— you want to assure them that the job itself is perfect for you, regardless of location— but definitely mention that you're committed to staying in the area.
Agreed. I'd highlight why you love the area, maybe not necessarily stating its due to your hubby having a job though. I mentioned things like this for a few places I applied that would bring me closer to my family or "back home." I said something to the effect of "On a more personal note, Im excited at the prospect of moving to xyz (or your case staying) because xyz."
Thank you so much, that is what I was thinking but wanted to be sure.
Actually I think it would even be ok / advisable to say that it's because of your husband's job. Then they know you're legit in saying it.
I tried to do this, as I targeted two specific institutions in a city where my husband is. One of my rec. letter even mentioned my situation and location desirability. I even wrote follow-up emails indicating dates when I will be in the area. Nothing worked. Nothing helped. Got interviews/job offers far from my husband.