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Phylo now has 91 job listings, and PhilJobs already has 54.It's nice to see the JFP become antiquated. It really is.
People have often suggested that the APA organize some way of allowing applicants to upload dossiers to the site, and indicate which jobs to which one would like to apply, streamlining the application process for both applicants and schools. Given how easy it is to upload (and find) profile information to PhilPapers, this sort of system seems like a natural future service for PhilPapers to offer.
David Chalmers discusses the PhilJobs project here:http://fragments.consc.net/djc/2011/10/philjobs.htmlWhat's really interesting about both PhilJobs and Phylo is that, in a matter of months (or weeks, apparently, in the case of Phylo), they were able to pull together something that APA hasn't managed to do in YEARS. Despite the fact that APA actually gets PAID to put out a job listing, and PhilJobs and Phylo are doing it for free. Amazing what smart people with computers can do these days, huh? (Pouring one out for my homey Steve Jobs.)
Has the JFP - October already been published? When will it be published?
JFP vol 191 online only ads are up. Just click on the volume 190 link and change the "190" to "191" in the address bar...
While it is great to see groups taking some action in response to the weaknesses of the APA, I just have to put this out there: Is any serious job candidate NOT going to look at the JFP? And is any serious department NOT going to advertise in the JFP? If I were on the market, or hiring, there is no way I would rely on these alternative sites. Seems like folks are doing a lot of extra work for --well, I'm not sure. Could these efforts be put to better use?
In response to anon 8:50, I'm not seriously on the market now, and so am not checking JFP. But since phylo is so convenient I have a look there every week or so (and will add it to my rss reader when it has a feed). If something really nice comes along I might send in a resume. So that's at least one use for these things (perhaps even a _bad_ thing--more folks on the market, though I am looking at the associate level where things are less flooded). Also, phylo in particular is very user friendly, so even with the jfp in hand I'd probably still use it just to scan and sort and stuff.
Re: Anon @ 8:50:Right now, you're right. But the more the alternatives are used, the less incentive there will be for departments or candidates to turn to JFP. I could imagine a few trailblazing departments (perhaps ones that know their jobs are very attractive and so feel they can afford to do this) making a point, perhaps next year, of only advertising in free venues, now that they exist. This will further disseminate knowledge of the free venues and reduce incentive to use the JFP.As well, if everyone doesn't need to check JFP all the time, but only to scan for any ads they haven't seen already, I can imagine more grad students forgoing APA membership and relying on friends' accounts.Both of these could potentially create pressure on the APA to offer new services to make membership more valuable, as well.
Anon 11:35,We do have an RSS feed for Phylo Jobs: http://phylo.info/jobs/rss. We also have other methods for getting updates, including Facebook and Twitter (#philosophyjobs).
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