Aaargh. Applied to two academic jobs (one lecturer, one research) - one had a deadline a week ago today, the other this Monday. Yes, logically I have no reason to expect to have heard from anyone yet, but my irrational side is telling me that the longer I have to wait, the less likely it is that I've got an interview. Then the catastrophic thinking starts ... normally along the lines of how much better I'd have done in my research and PhD if I hadn't had two children during it, how I can't hope to compete with the Bright Shining Things straight out of their doctorates with twenty publications, no ties and no chance of nursery ringing them about a sick child.
Please hit me (figuratively) around the face with a fish
Maybe I can start a cottage industry making something instead, as in a chick-lit novel. Not cupcakes though ... I bloody hate them ...
Jams and chutney, very cottage industry. I'm not sure anyone would buy mine mind.....
I'm in the same position and have been for a while. I just wanted to warn/reassure (depending on your frame of mind and I know mine changes by the second), my current record for waiting to hear for lectureships is 2 months. I didn't get shortlisted but a friend did, and he took that long to hear too. It's the volume of applications.
I hate the whole up and down thing, you put your all into the application and feel positive, imagine yourself doing the job, then the doubts creep in. And repeat.
But hopefully you'll hear positively soon, especially if they want to move things forward before the year starts.
Macrame looks kind of fun, I think. And I'm going to make some jam this weekend with our glut of blackberries so perhaps I'm on the way to a cottage industry already.
Chutneypig - thanks for the reassurance! The lectureship is a really long shot, and I don't expect to get shortlisted, but have just been reading the university's website and it appears they only tell people if they've invited them for interview. Which leaves everyone else in the dark ... and presumably still feeling slightly but decreasingly hopeful. Ugh. At least with the research post I know I'll be told one way or another.
Right, back to checkingmyemailobsessively writing this paper!
You never know what they're looking for, you might fit the bill perfectly. I've found even if they don't let non-shortlisted people know by email, you might find the outcome in the account section if you've applied online.
I applied to a job at a uni, had just decided I hadn't made it to the interview stage when a week or so later I finally got a letter that had an interview. I think unis are just very slow (especially at this time of year as almost everybody is off on holiday - I got the job and now a month on have only just got a contract). Good luck!
Stealth - how's your job hunt going now? Phylis - ugh, sorry to hear that
Well, I heard back about the lectureship and was not offered an interview - I found out last week. Today I heard back about the research post, and have been offered an interview. All in all it took over four weeks to find out about each vacancy. Fingers crossed for the interview now - I'd completely lost hope so it was a bit of a surprise to hear that I was still in with a chance.
Sorry to hear that Phylis - it's very disspiriting. Are you finding a lot to apply for? I've found it not so bad when there's a few things on the go. It's horrible when there's just the one post and you wait so long and it's negative.
Well, I had the interview last Friday but will find out whether I got the job tomorrow, so I very much appreciate any and all crossed fingers! I don't think the interview went well enough for me to be offered the job, which is really disappointing, but I can't help having a tiny little bit of hope anyhow - just in case