Job Market Resources

Vitae
A fast growing offshoot of the Chronicle of Higher Education, the Vitae site evolved from the larger publication's long running jobs section. The job search function serves as a good supplement to your discipline's job database. Vitae also features regular columns about the profession and the job market and has recently started offering a dossier service. 

Inside Higher Ed
Inside Higher Ed also offers a jobs database and features articles about the profession and the academic job market. For job seekers with partners Inside Higher Ed has a particularly useful feature: you can do a dual career search of their database. 

H-Net Job Guide
The H-Net (Humanities and Social Sciences Online) site is maintained by Michigan State University.  The H-Net Job Guide lists positions under three headings: History and the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Rhetoric and Communications.  H-Net specializes in smaller schools and temporary jobs that may not advertise through a professional organization or through The Chronicle.

Academic Jobs Wiki
This wiki lists advertised jobs in a number of academic fields. Its page on postdoctoral fellowships in the humanities and social sciences may be especially useful because those positions are often advertised poorly. Be advised that many debate the merits of this site. It will often be the first place you learn that the search committee has contacted other applicants to request additional materials (RAM), offer interviews, or make campus visit invitations. Some people like such information--it allows them to save their emotional investment for those jobs in which their candidacy actually advances. Others, however, find the wiki a poor medium for discovering disappointing news. Furthermore, inaccurate rumors do sometimes spread on the wiki. By and large, however, its information is accurate (especially in the early stages of a search, when multiple applicants may report a RAM or interview invitation). 

Interfolio
Interfolio is the most commonly used dossier service for academic jobs. Getting an account is highly advisable. A 1-year membership is $19.00. Delivery fees (starting at $6.00 for email "delivery") do add up. However, you might find these fees worth it because using a dossier service gives you a certain amount of control over your applications: you do not need to depend on committee members to submit letters of recommendation separately for each job to which you apply. 

Academia.edu
This is a professional networking site for academics. Joining is advisable as this site is far more useful for academics than other professional networks like LinkedIn. It can help give you a sense of who is publishing important work in your field and help build your presence on the web, which will be important when you are searching for jobs. Search committees will Google you, so you want as much control as possible over the top hits.  

 

Job Market Preparation

The Academic Job Market 
Mellon Program Handout by Meghan Hammond

The Professor Is In

Karen Kelsky's site is an extremely valuable resource for academic job seekers. Her blog, which features posts that she writes but also many guest posts, has some of the most lucid and informed advice about the search process available on the internet. Search the blog for information about CVs, job letters, interviews, campus visits, etc. The site also has a strong collection of information about alt-ac careers.

Preparing Application Materials

Helpful Articles and Advice

Professional Associations

Your discipline's professional association may require that you create an account to sign in or may only provide database access to current members. Academic departments will sometimes have group credentials that you can use to sign in; check with your department if you cannot sign in as an individual. Be sure to become familiar with all of the job search resources on your association's webpage. Some have very useful, discipline-specific advice and guidelines. 

American Anthropological Association
American Historical Association
American Sociological Association
American Studies Association
College Art Association
Modern Language Association


Jobs Outside Academia