by Andre on 22 August 2006
A post doc friend of mine is currently starting an academic job search and was wondering to what extent networking is involved. Knowing someone on the search committee can’t hurt, but that’s not quite what I’m getting at. For those of you that have been through this, did your advisor or perhaps some other senior colleague directly get in touch with potential employers saying that you were on the market? Did you ever get invited to speak at a department based on such contact? Alternatively, did you just apply to all the jobs that were advertised in journals, society periodicals, and online job banks that you were interested in, relying on your advisor only during the reference writing stage?
I imagine that there are rules governing job advertising, but are these rules commonly circumvented by, for example, picking a candidate and then tailoring a search to make this person the obvious choice?