When the Search Committee reviews applications for positions, the information you provide is scored against a rubric that is built off of the position announcement. The highest scoring candidates will usually be invited for a phone interview. Following the phone interview, the highest scoring candidates will be invited for an in-person interview that will last approximately a day and a half. So are you wondering how to make it to that short list? Here are a few tips to follow in preparing your application materials.
- Read the Position Announcement carefully and make sure you meet the Required Qualifications.
- Customize your application letter to the specific position and explain to us how your qualifications match those sought in the position announcement. A good, solid cover letter for an entry level position typically runs around 1½ to 2 pages single spaced. If a person has extensive relevant experience to relate, the letter could run 2 to 3 pages.
- Provide us with a Curriculum Vita (CV), not a business-style resume. This means include all experience or activities that provide relevant information about your qualifications for the position or what you can bring to it. There are no page limits on a CV, longer and more complete is better than brevity. But make sure what you include is relevant.
- Do not assume we will know the details about your activities or experience. Explain in your cover letter or as part of your vita what you have actually accomplished in a position or activity and how it relates to the qualifications for the position. If you want to point to a specific activity as an example of your leadership skills, explain why and what impact it had or what you learned from it. If you want us to consider prior specific experience, you need to tell us what your responsibilities included or what you accomplished in the role.
- Check your grammar and accuracy in spelling. Do not rely on MS Word to catch everything and watch that auto-correct did not make a mistake. It is considered bad form to misspell the name of the person to whom you are sending the application.
- Provide concrete examples of your intellectual output (such as links to guides, handouts, institutional repository submissions, etc.).
- Do not overlook telling us about your interpersonal skills or work style. Enthusiastic, supportive of diversity, dynamic, creative, customer-service oriented are all legitimate characteristics we are seeking. Tell us how you are a fit for them.