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Kevin Roose explains how Wall Street has changed since 2008. (“The truth is that Wall Street has improved enormously since September 15, 2008. Those saying otherwise are letting cynicism cloud their perception.”)

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Crabtree (#774)

I just moved cities two weeks ago and I am nearly settled in. I got myself a very part-time job and I am on the hunt for full time. My main problem is that libraries (university, school and public) often take forever to get back to you and I sent out some really great applications at the end of August. I’m still obviously applying for things since I don’t know if its all being sent into the void or not. How long do you wait on a job application before you completely forget about it?

Caitlin with a C (#3,578)

@Crabtree Follow up with them! Don’t forget about your apps… some places just get bogged down in other work or have administrative/budget things come up and don’t let applicants know — call/email (and then follow up on that call/email). If they react negatively to follow-up contact, they are probably a shitty place to work and probably weren’t going to ever follow up with you anyway. …but realistically, if the alternative is just letting the app slip away, what do you have to lose by contacting them again to ask about your status?

OllyOlly (#669)

@Crabtree I was recently applying to university jobs, although non-librian. The position I ended up getting, I applied right after the job was posted and heard about an interview a few days later. The other interview offer I received, I heard 1-2 months after.

I believe the difference was for one I was called directly from the department, and the other HR does the first round of selection.

This may be obvious advice, but if your university has an application portal where you must reiterate your resume in a form, take a lot of time and be sure to use all of the action words in the job position in that form. I only heard from universities after I redesigned my form entries imagining that a computer was picking them out. HR won’t be super familiar with the position, but will be familiar with the position posting. Don’t make it obvious, but reorganize your descriptions to use the key words.

Also be vigilant and apply to jobs as soon as you can after they are posted. When I was recruiting at my old company we would rarely get through all the applications, since enough good applicants would come in the first round.

Good luck!

notpollyanna (#2,841)

@Crabtree The end of August is super recent in the scheme of things on the other side. I work in an academic library and saw the hiring process last year. Off the top of my head, they left the posting up for two weeks before they did anything but collect applications. It took a group of three a week or two to decide who to interview. They had to contact HR for that, wait for HR to reply. Then they could schedule interviews. You are still within an “it could happen” timeframe.

Crabtree (#774)

@notpollyanna Thanks for all the advice! I have been trying to follow up on the good ones, but often there is no direct way to speak to a human The human resources phone line at one of the school boards is only a touchtone line for staff, and all the applications were emails sent to central jobs@ or hr@ emails. I’ll still try to follow up though. Hilariously I think I keep on hoping for too long on certain jobs because oneof my friends got an interview 4 months after she applied.

Caitlin with a C (#3,578)

If you’re looking for something to read because, I don’t know, it’s Friday, Pricenomics is on point with http://priceonomics.com/weekend-reads-september-14-15/. I especially appreciated that N-gram analysis of the NYT weddings section. (Relevant: see the bottom for “The rate at which women are ‘keeping their names’”.)

Also, this link pack is reminding me — I have not been able to stop reading Pacific Standard since Michael’s Zambia post. Also also, that post has been seriously making the rounds (all to positive review, that I’ve seen).

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