[Social-sciences-list] Note of Thanks

Gabias, Paul paul.gabias at ubc.ca
Tue Apr 30 07:01:19 UTC 2013

Hi Mazhar


Two out of fifty?  That's good!  Are they Universities? Are they tenure
track positions?  What is your degree in?

I have noticed that, with Universities, usually, if they phone you, it's
because they want to invite you for an interview.  I always acted
pleased but also, that I was assessing them, as much as they were
assessing me.  It's great when you have Universities competing with each
other for your attention.  I had that happen a couple of times.  

You can always use the law of numbers in your favour, for that to
happen.  If you apply to enough places, it will happen.  Then, the law
of numbers gives you leverage.


Best of luck


Paul Gabias, Ph.D., L.L.D

Associate Professor of Psychology

UBCO - Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences

ART 228 - 1147 Research Road

Kelowna, BC  V1V 1V7

T:  250.807.9383

E:  paul.gabias at ubc.ca











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Hi Christine and friends

I have recently completed my PhD, and have now begun this painful
process of job seeking. Have applied to close to fifty places so far,
mentioning each time blindness in the cover letter. Have got only two
interview calls so far. Can't say if it is due to this factor or general
job market conditions.  

                kind regards                        Mazhar


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Sent: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 8:21 AM

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Hi Christine,


I made blindness clear in my letters of application.  I applied to about
100 places each year.  I moved five times before I obtained my tenure
track position.  I obtained visiting positions each time before.  And
anyway, if you don't mention blindness, your letters of recommendation
surely will, so you would do well to beat them to it, so that it can be
discussed on exactly your own terms.  


All The Best


Paul Gabias Ph.D. LL.D.


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Hi All,

  Thanks to everyone for the very helpful responses! It seems the
majority of the views deal with waiting until just before or during the
interview. Again, thanks to everyone!

With warm regards,


Christine M. Szostak
Doctoral Candidate and Research Consultant
Language Perception Laboratory
Department of Psychology, Cognitive Area
The Ohio State University
Columbus, Ohio
szostak.1 at osu.edu



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