Of the nearly 5,000 attendees at this year’s annual meeting were some ostensibly similar historians who’d come to Chicago for two quite dissimilar reasons. There were those eager to participate in one or more of the 250 panels covering an astonishing array of topics, and those—just as eager, but surely more anxious too—with their eye on only one prize: a job. Some of these aspiring applicants were newly minted PhDs arriving for their first interviews; others had earned their degrees years before and had since been bouncing around in a profession that has far more aspirants than it does steady jobs.
Over 160 search committees conducted interviews at the AHA’s 126th annual meeting this January, holding steady from last year and showing a continued recovery from the nadir of 115 in 2010.
Fifty-nine searches interviewed at tables, while 45 reserved rooms through the annual meeting Job Center. In addition, we received information about 51 searches in privately arranged suites, greatly helping candidates find the correct room in time for their interviews. The Job Center Information Booth acts as a central hub for information about searches being conducted during the annual meeting, and we encourage all committees to report their locations to us as soon as they check in.
The 2012 Job Center Handout, now available online, contains a list of all the job searches taking place in Chicago that have been reported to the AHA.
Positions marked as “collecting c.v.’s” indicate job searches that will schedule interviews with job candidates onsite, whereas positions marked as “prearranged interviews only” have scheduled their interviews with candidates ahead of time.
Many searches interviewing at locations outside of official Job Center space are not listed in the Handout yet.
Information on Job Center hours and locations, special events for early career professionals, and other information for those interviewing at the meeting are also available in the Handout.
Let’s take a look at the numbers around the 2011 Job Center. Activity at the Job Center rebounded a bit after a down year at San Diego, as staff tracked 168 total searches at the 2011 meeting, compared to 115 for 2010. Sixty-five of those searches used the free tables in the ballroom (the rest of the searches used suites spread throughout the convention hotels), and at those tables they conducted 716 interviews, or an average of 11 interviews per search.
The 2011 Job Center Handout is now available on our web site here (PDF). This document includes a review of how the Job Center works, plus a list of all the job searches taking place in Boston that have been reported to the
AHA as of December 13. Positions with a full job description and marked “collecting c.v.’s” are participating in c.v. collections at the meeting and may schedule interviews on site; all others are conducting pre-arranged interviews based on applications already received.
So the time has come to look for a new job. The Job Center is one of the places you’ll need to be. A big part of each and every AHA annual meeting, at the Job Center we hope to connect you as a candidate with the search committee that has the right position for you.
Now that you know how the Job Center works, you may want to know which institutions are going to be there this year. The Job Center Handout (PDF), usually provided on site to job candidates, gives us a good preview of who will be conducting interviews in San Diego. In it you will find another review of how the Job Center works, plus a list of institutions arranged geographically that have registered their searches with the Job Center as of December 16, 2009.
Attention job seekers who are about to use the AHA’s Job Center! Just in time for its 124th Annual Meeting in San Diego, the AHA presents a new explanatory video to help guide new and previous users through its Job Center. Titled "Job Center: A How-To Guide for First-Time Users" the new video the shares some important details about what to expect when entering the Job Center for the first time, and advice on how to successfully navigate the seemingly labyrinthine and intimidating process.