How Do I Get Hired In Higher Academia?
September 21, 2012 3:35 AM Subscribe
What are some other employment resources to get noticed at a major University?
For the past year, I've been trying to get hired at a major University in Boston, but so far have had no success other than a series of short, disconnected temp placements there through an agency.
There is a huge canyon that exists between the people who already work there and those who don't as far as who gets first pick at open positions.
I'm worried that my hope for a future career at this institution will just devolve into a meaningless track of infrequent temp gigs unless I get some other kind of traction there. The conventional wisdom is that "after you've temped here awhile, they usually hire you once you're in the system." So far, at least for me, that hasn't happened.
I do excellent work, and have a two-page reference list from the supervisors I've supported, but that also seems to fall flat when I'm applying for jobs.
Any help is appreciated, and will definitely keep my spirits up as I navigate through this.