Ecology and Evolution job wiki

Nov 30 2011 Published by under [Education&Careers]

One of the hardest thing about the job search is the waiting. You send your application materials out there into the void and you wait. Sometimes you hear back in a good way, but often it is just radio silence. In most places, HR demands that you have a person hired before sending out declines, in others you can do it in stages where the certain "nos" can be sent earlier than the maybes. When I was applying for jobs I got some rejects 10 months after I had applied and about 40% of places never send you anything at all. It's a bit maddening.

But in year two of my postdoc, someone directed me to the ecol/evol jobs wiki. This is an invaluable source of information for those of you out there sending your aps. Occasionally you will stumble across a job you were not aware of, but more than that you get an idea of what stage all the searches are at. People update each job as they hear back and I was amazed at how effective this was. For every application I sent in, there was someone out there who had submitted to the same place and had information to add that I did not.

Waiting with no information is far less preferable to hearing you are out of the race and being able to move on, IMO. So go obsess over each pending application!

4 responses so far

  • pyrope says:

    Yes, now is the season of job seekers compulsively checking the wiki and their web page hit counter...nostalgia for those good old days is choking me up a bit. Okay, not really.

  • Bashir says:

    I have been tying to avoid my wiki. It is good for looking for jobs that you missed, but the rest of it can be unreliable information. I am all over my webpage hit counter though.

  • Heavy says:

    This new job wiki version is much better than the previous one. Much less chatting about various topics which is a downside but the vandalism and misinformation on the past one had started to limit its usefulness.

  • Joanne says:

    So is there a wiki for NSF proposals? Seems like people hear at different times if the proposal was funded or not - does the notification come by phone or by email? When do different panels let people know? I realize the easiest thing to do is to just e-mail your program officer but it would be interesting to see when (and how) people are hearing about their grants.

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