Hi Again. How goes it?
Because I am currently writing cover letters with the same dedication normally reserved for safe driving or breathing, let’s talk about the job application process in the world of community college libraries.
For jobs in the traditional academic library setting, applications will be posted up to 8 months (but I have seen 9 months) prior to the starting date. The job will be posted for 4-8 weeks, depending on the size of the institution and will ask for a CV and cover letter. They might also want unofficial transcripts, reference contact information, or a teaching philosophy statement. You submit your materials and wait. If you hear back soon (1-3 weeks), it is most likely because you have been rejected. Same thing applies if you wait 4+ months and never hear back. If they maybe like you, it takes 2-4 months to hear anything at all. And then weeks pass between each step and wow look your hair is gray!
Community colleges are different. Generally, they are smaller which can speed up the process greatly and have different hiring norms and practices than 4yr institutions. A community college, then might post their job opening 4 months before the starting date and email you within a couple weeks if they like you, give you an on-campus interview within 2 months and boom you’ve signed a contract before Big State School has even read your application. So while I am sincerely interested in a community college job, most will not be posted until after I have (hopefully) heard positively from other institutions. It’s a weird situation. I have to get rejected a lot or simply not apply to jobs to get the chance to work at a community college.
It’s wild. Absolutely wild. So as I job hunt and get rejected, I remember that it’s only November and after Jan 1 more and more jobs will post and around March/April there will be another push of job postings. It feels like this might never end.