i would like to hear how people think about sending your CV to search chair before submitting the whole package to inquire about fit and qualification before submitting the whole application package? Any insights would be great. thanks.
Date: 29 Mar 2013 01:32
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Don't do that. It's your responsibility do determine if the position is a good fit for you. If unsure, just apply. Chairs don't have the time to do that and sometimes they can't know until they have all the materials in front of them.
I agree with anon - don't do it. It's not really how the process works.
I did this. The chair was a bit vague. He said that I would be a strong contender but ofcourse couldnt tell me if I would make the short list. It is a good way to put yourself on someone's radar. But you may annoy the committee as well. If you were my student, I would say to do it only if you have established a relationship with a search committee member already. Otherwise, don't do it.
In almost all cases the chair will not be able to give you a feedback and will just tell you to apply. It can be annoying for them as they can't really tell just based on the CV if you would be a good fit.
I'm going to somewhat disagree and say that there are situations where it makes sense to email the chair. The two situations where I emailed someone where 1) when I genuinely wanted clarification about the nature of the position, and 2) when I completely did not meet the stated focus of the search (usually because I had very different research interests from what they said they were looking for) but wanted to know if that was flexible at all. I attached my CV to emails ("in case you are interested") but did NOT ask that they look over it to give me an assessment— I agree that that is asking too much of them. Instead, I gave a very concise description of my research interests and ask if I might fit.
In all cases I got positive responses, some VERY positive and some just polite. In at least two cases, I was ultimately invited to a campus interview.