Reblogging – How to fail better in the academic job market

A few days ago, there was a great post on some (mostly) common sense advice for the academic job market on Tenure She Wrote. I’ve been thinking about these things recently, since the spring job season of on-campus interviews (I had one, yay!), acceptances, and (in my case) job rejections has just been finishing up. Overall, I think I was aware of most of the advice in the article, and I have been privileged to have some great mentors to help me out. But the blog post seems like a great no-nonsense refresher on things to keep in mind for each of the main steps in the application process (cover letter, phone interview, on-campus interview). I also really like the sentiment from the comments that:

“…becoming one of the top three candidates is saying you’ve done many things right, and it’s probably a matter of fit at that point (unless the job talk was surprisingly bad), so it’s worth a celebration.”

So keep your head up, because a whole new season of academic job applications is about to begin!

EU Macro 2015

Last month, I travelled to the EU Macro in Copenhagen, Denmark. I’m really glad I went even though I didn’t present a talk or poster*. This was a macroecology-focused meeting, organized through a joint effort of the British Ecological Society (BES), the Gesellschaft fur Okologie (GfO), and the Center for Macroecology, Evolution & Climate (CMEC). Continue reading