Reapplying for an academic job I didn't get, what to change?
September 5, 2013 5:48 PM Subscribe
I'm on the academic job market and last year applied for a faculty position at a liberal arts school. It was basically my dream job, and I honestly thought I was a great fit for the position, so I was disappointed when I didn't get an interview. This year they're advertising the same job again, and I'm planning to apply again. How do I know what to change in my application? Should I mention the fact that I applied last year and was rejected, and if so how?
posted by zeri to education (21 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I didn't get any detailed feedback on why they didn't like my application last year, only a short letter saying something like "We have considered your application with much attention, but concluded that we do not see a clear match for us at this time". I'm going to re-write the cover letter from scratch and send a different writing sample. Should I choose different references? (I didn't see my references' letters of recommendation.) Should I try to contact the hiring committee to ask what their specific reservations were about my application (assuming they still remember)? What, if anything, should I say in my letter about the fact that I'm re-applying for the same position? I feel like I'm shooting in the dark here since I don't know what the weak points of my application last year were.