So, how have you been? I've missed blogging, but I just didn't have anything exciting to tell you. I haven't made any exciting food before tonight. I made some pasta + veggies last weekend, and a bad batch of wild rice soup (too much rice) and neither recipe was worth sharing, but both were completely edible. I didn't have to cook at all until today. That 'recipe' will be at the end of the post...
This is good because I've been trucking on job applications and preparing for an upcoming interview (!!!!!!!). I was just going to blow off blogging for the week, and tell you all that I was once again working on job applications....but then I realized that you probably don't understand why this takes so much of my time! So, if you're curious, this is what I'm doing:
I am applying for jobs as an Assistant Professor of (Bio)chemistry. I am looking at schools with 4 year programs for undergraduates, and I am also entertaining the idea of working with Master's level graduate programs. My job will consist of mostly teaching and a small research program that I do with undergraduates/young graduate students.
I find these jobs at websites like:
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Higher Ed Jobs
American Chemical Society
Once I find a job that I want to apply for, I have to prepare several documents specifically for each one.
Curriculum vitae - Like a resume for the academic world.
Cover Letter - 1-1.5 page business letter. This is very specific to the school and requires me to really sell myself and my skills to their school.
Teaching Philosophy - This is a 1-3 page document written in essay format. It describes my experiences teaching and how I like to lead my classroom and teach students. For the most part, this document stays the same for each application, but some schools require the 'short' version and some like the 'long' version.
Research Interests & Plans - 1-7 page document describing my research plans. My research is REALLY AWESOME, but I have to sell my idea to each school. They have to believe that my research is publishable, that I can do it with undergraduates and minimal funding, and that I can do it with the supplies and equipment that each school has. I also need to tie myself in to existing research at those schools. This document is exhausting. It's actually HARDER when it's short.
Reference Letters/Contacts - Some schools require letters e-mailed from each of my references along with the application, some just want reference information so that they can contact my references if I make it past the first cut. I have a core group of references and then I have a couple that I switch in and out as I see fit. I always feel so bad bothering them for letters though!
When I am done, I have a 10-15 page document that is specifically tailored to the program and the schools. This takes a ton of time. I have applied to 6 schools and am preparing another 4 applications in the next few weeks. It's paying off though! I am a finalist at one of the top schools on my list, and I have some confidence that if they see something in me based on my application materials, then other schools might as well. I have heard horror stories of people who applied for 50+ jobs to get two interviews and one offer, so I am happy to not be in that boat...yet.
Now that you feel my pain, I'll reward you with a recipe. It's not really a recipe as much as an assembly. One thing that we really like to make at our house is taco salad. It's easy. It's filling. It's delicious.
First, crush some chips in the bottom of a bowl. This is ~1 serving.
Then top with a salad mix.
(Thanks Fiance for the action shots!)This is a mix of lettuce, spinach, broccoli slaw, carrots, red pepper, tomatoes, and mushrooms.
His & Hers.
Ok, I just made some 'healthy' chocolate mousse, so if that turns out, I'll let you know.Time to go enjoy my hard work!
I have a job interview on Feb 7-8th. I am one of four finalists, and I think I interview in the middle of the group. Any advice for me? I would love to hear any ideas on how to land this job!