Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Damn.

Already got a rejection letter this morning from one of my first apps. We are moving on to phone interviews and are sorry to inform you that you are not one of our continuing candidates. Damn.

Why am I even doing this?

15 comments:

Dr. Crazy said...

((((Sis)))))

That said, better to know where you stand than to be waiting for months to know the outcome.

Sis, you've got such interesting ideas and you're a person who is clearly a good candidate for a t-t job. You just need to find the job for you. If it doesn't happen this year, obviously you can choose to stop the madness and move on to other things. But don't be discouraged this early in this job season. Remember, it only takes one offer. Just one.

(Also, the people who rejected you are losers. Or asshats. A term which occurred to me because my word verification is aushot. Just sayin.')

medieval woman said...

Yes - hang in there - they do ultimately suck! But I have a very good feeling this year for you!

((Sis))

heu mihi said...

I'm sorry. That's just not a good feeling.

I'm pulling hard for you, dear! Listen to Dr. Crazy--she knows whereof she speaks.

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry. I second (or third) they are asshats. And you're doing this because it's what we do.

Lucky Jane said...

How annoying. But don't waste any more energy on these people. Once this absurd process is over, you'll find you would have rejected them first. Keep at it, and something good will work out.

(not) just another girl said...

at least they didn't leave you hanging. I am anxiously awaiting the first of my rejection letters, because I've decided that closure is my friend. Last year, I applied to my own department for a visiting position and they never even bothered to send me a rejection letter (although I think that says a lot about the respect they have for their own graduates...)

Phul Devi said...

Courage!

Rohan Maitzen said...

What everyone else said. Also, it helps a bit, maybe, to keep reminding yourself that it only takes one offer, in the end. I know how much the process sucks, though. I was quite lucky myself, but it took my husband (a philosopher) 7 agonizing years to get his TT job.

Anonymous said...

Their loss. (((Sis))) Onward...

Anonymous said...

Because you are an invaluable contribution to the profession, to some lucky institution, to the *planet*!

So, keep your eyes on the prize -- it's out there somewhere for you.

P said...

Yes. Onward. Sending you good vibes from Crunchyville.

Anonymous said...

surely this was indeed one of those jobs where your life would become a cosmic battle with That One Guy in the department and hidden dysfunctions would surface as soon as you locked yourself in, and you have dodged a bullet. surely.

but reading these posts, and recalling last year's posts, and the previous year's posts, i keep wondering: how do you feel about the support you've gotten from your advisors on the job market? don't they have some responsibility to help you do this? do you have any information about their advisee-placement records, or anecdotes from others who work with them? i remember your post about the advisor who had to be *reminded* that you filed your dissertation... i hope these people are advocating for you like they should be, and giving you the good advice you deserve. because clearly you deserve it. do you think they are?

obviously you're under enough pressure, so no pressure to write about this. i don't know. maybe it does just take 7 years. (seven years! your life as written by thomas mann...)

Belle said...

Yes, yes yes to all of the above.

(((Cog))

Fie upon this quiet life! said...

Yow. That hurts. But you know, screw them.

I haven't even sent any applications out yet. Perhaps I should do that today....

Isis the Scientist said...

One letter means nothing. I was rejected as a graduate student from a place that tried to recruit me post-grad. Keep your eye on the prize.