During the past few months, I could not job search as often due to my heavy work load. Things were even worse due to a harsh winter, which made it difficult to get to networking events. I tried to make the small amount of time that I did have as efficient as possible.
I tried a couple of new things that have been helpful:
- carefully analyzing job postings – I am analyzing the job postings more critically. I will also look at their mission statement. Do I agree with their philosophy? I only apply to the ones that I feel really resonate with me. Sometimes you forget this principle when looking for a job.
- Created a job search portfolio – a detailed account of when I applied for the job, who I contacted, etc. This has been particularly useful for me.
I also looked at my current employers. Are there any opportunities for me to transition to a full-time job? After talking to some other part-time professors like myself, they did not know of anyone who transitioned to a full-time professor position. Many have applied for full-time positions, but were not hired.
I knew this already, and applied for a full-time position at one of my current employers. I am proud to say that my application is still being considered. I am following up with my contacts on a regular basis, and have not received a rejection email yet.
I am still attempting to network with others. I feel this is an area is hurting me at the moment. During some small pockets of free time, I try to go to meetings and other events to meet new people. Large groups still make me nervous, but I’m hoping that with practice and time I will get better.