Tuesday, February 5, 2008

'Cause What You Say is What You Say

Just a quick housekeeping note. As you can see down on the left, we've added a recent comments feed, which will hopefully make it easier to scan for whatever you're looking for in comments.

Also, here's a shout out to PJMB reader DC for patient instructions on how to do something so easy, I should retroactively fail my qualifying exams for not knowing how to do it.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

"We are writing to thank you for your interest in the Religion position at Queens University of Charlotte. As you might imagine, this has been a competitive search process with many highly qualified applicants. As we close the search, we wish you the best in your career endeavors."

I'm confused. What just happened? Did they offer me the job? Did they fill it at all?

Anonymous said...

Oh, I should have added. That was the ENTIRE fucking email.

Anonymous said...

I don't know if they hired somebody, but they definitely didn't try to hire you, that's for sure. Not that I would know, but I assume that job offers tend to contain at least one sentence that unequivocally expresses an offer of employment.

Anonymous said...

"job offers tend to contain at least one sentence that unequivocally expresses an offer of employment."

I don't take anything for granted at this point.

Anonymous said...

Back to the RSS feed...what is this blog doing with the personal information it is/can collecting on you when you subscribe to the feed???!

Ha ha.

jimmyjimmycocoapuff said...

anonymous 1:18 PM, obviously they didn't offer you the job. But why don't you call/e-mail the chair and put the question to him? Given the time and money you've sunk into applying for the job, the least they can do is have the decency to be frank and honest with you.

When I was applying to grad. schools, I didn't hear from one place; I had to call the department to find out I had been rejected. I wrote an e-mail to the Dean about the unacceptability of that, and I got a nice apology letter and a ~$80 refund of the application fee.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, irony really doesn't come through on this blog. I know I wasn't offered the job. My point is that they don't actually say anything other than the search is ended, so in principle anything is possible: the search failed, a candidate was hired, two candidates were hired (that happens in some searches, if extra money is available), etc.

In extremis, maybe they did offer it to me: though I know from the pragmatics of social intercourse that they didn't, that's a possibility that's open by the language of the email. I'll stop hijacking this thread now.

Anonymous said...

Notice that there still haven't been many offers made yet (as per the wiki)! We're gonna see SG going deeper into their APA shortlists and have more invites to campus. Mark my (anonymous) word!

Anonymous said...

I think offers are coming. The first round is still going. Further, as people here have pointed out, the less people involved, the less likely those concerned are even checking wiki. Surely by the time someone gets a sweet offer, the last thing they'll bother doing is updating wiki. Like they care at that point.

Anonymous said...

I've updated the wiki religiously when I had news -- not when I got acknowledgments that they received my application, because who really cares about that, but about interviews or rejections -- but I've done that in part because I could do so anonymously. If I (ever) get an offer then I'm hanging myself out there to update the wiki, and I'm not sure the benefits to others outweigh the potential harm to my bargaining position. Once I accept an offer it's different: I'll brag a little then. But I'll bet a lot of people reason as I do: when offers have been made but not accepted, I'd think very few people, even wiki stalwarts, would update it. So while I check it occasionally, I doubt it's very accurate at this particular point in the season.

VAP said...

According to the NYU website, they have job talks scheduled for as last as Feb. 15. I would bet that most people who made the NYU short list probably have multiple flyouts. Moreover, NYU is probably the best available job for most young philosophers. At the very least each candidate will want to know her/his status with NYU before taking another job for bargaining purposes. Given that NYU will not make a decision until mid to late Feb, that probably means job offers at the top places will be stalled until then.

I have no idea how that will effect people much further down the food train like me.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone have advice for writing a post-campus visit email (a couple of weeks later) to see if a decision has been made/to reiterate one's interest in the position? I'm interested in timing, but especially in wording.

Anonymous said...

Anon 3:41 raises a point that further supports my claim that the SGs will be digging deeper into their short-lists. Those candidates who are holding back on updating the wiki are precisely those hot commodities that are getting all of the oncampus interviews and multiple job offers. It is the folks who only have one job offer who will proudly update the wiki with abandon. This reasoning is sound, folks. Call me the 2007/8 JFP prophet!