Finding a faculty position is a long process that often starts with the job search in late August and ends with negotiating a job offer in March or April. The process of finding and applying to jobs seems to be the most tedious part. I am currently going through that process right now and hope to share some tips and resources with you.
Start by setting up job alerts on the popular job search sites, such as The Chronicle of Higher Education, Academic Keys, Higher Education Recruitment Consortium, and HigherEdJobs. Setting up a job alert typically requires setting up a profile on the site. After you set up your profile, look for "career tools" or "alerts" and set up a job alert with specific keywords related to your discipline. The great thing about job alerts is that when a new job that meets your specifications is posted, you will receive an email, which saves you time from having to visit multiple websites on a daily basis.
Another great job search resource is the Academic Jobs Wiki. This is a user-generated site with updated information about the job search process in various disciplines.
It is also important to let your advisor know that you are on the job market. Faculty advisors often receive job postings from the many professional organizations and list-servs they have joined. Ask your advisor to forward relevant job postings to you (this is how I found out about three great job positions!).
Don't forget to contact your networks and let them know you are searching for a job. Post about your job search on your social media pages and ask friends to forward job postings to you.
Also, take a look at professional organization websites. Many of these websites have Career pages where you can find additional job postings related to your discipline.
Each position that you apply to will ask for multiple documents (e.g., CV, cover letter, transcripts, writing samples, letters of recommendation). Therefore, you will need an organizational strategy to keep track of everything.
I use a Google Spreadsheet to keep track of all of the job search websites, all of the positions that I have applied to, and all of the positions that I would like to apply to.
If you are applying to multiple job positions that require letters of recommendation, you might want to check out Interfolio. You can ask your recommenders to submit their letters directly to Interfolio. Interfolio also allows you to upload all of your application documents and it sends the application via certified mail or e-mail for you. However, Interfolio has a yearly fee as well as fees for mailing the applications. I found it to be too costly for applying to only three jobs that needed letters of recommendation.
Applying to Jobs
I'm conflicted about whether to recommend to apply to all of the jobs that are applicable to your skill set or whether to be more selective. I personally only feel confident applying to Education Technology positions because I have the strongest expertise in that field. However, Berkeley's Career Center presents a compelling argument for applying to positions even when you may not be a perfect fit (see "The Hiring Process From the Other Side"). Regardless of what you decide, don't select so many jobs to apply to that you feel overwhelmed with the process and give up altogether.
Once you have narrowed down the jobs that you would like to apply to, start by focusing on the three to five jobs that have the earliest deadlines. Take baby steps. Submit those applications first, then complete two to three more at a time until you've completed and submitted all of the applications. This will make the process of organizing five or more documents for 15 or more positions manageable.
As you embark on the process of applying to faculty positions, feel free to share your tips and advice by commenting on this post!