By Lisa Marie Griffith
The academic job season is about to begin- broadly speaking March to August this is the period when most academic institutions begin to advertise the much coveted vacancies they hold for the following academic term. This stressful period is bound to send you running to a computer to look up a job that you heard about through a second-hand comment only to realise that you have 24 hours to complete the job application or that you have in fact missed the deadline. Job hunting is a stressful task and it doesn’t need to be said that in the current climate it is doubly so.
Unfortunately it’s often difficult to take the first step for job hunting. You want to make sure you are looking for jobs in the right place and that you have as much information about job vacancies as possible. When I was writing up my thesis a friend provided me with a couple of job email alerts that were very useful. Over the last couple of years my list of academic/cultural and heritage job sites has grown. I have put together a list of the sites that I have used in thepast most of them include an email update with new jobs and information, which should make the job hunting task a little easier. Most of the sites below are interdisciplinary but will have specific search categories and listings for humanities or history.
1. http://www.irishtimes.com/jobs/ The Irish Times is probably the most obvious place to go for Irish Academic Job Listings. The job advertisements are in the Thursday Business supplement of the newspaper.
3. http://www.jobs.ac.uk/ This site lists all academic jobs in the UK and most in Ireland. It is incredibly comprehensive and you can sign up for a weekly update of all jobs that have been posted on the site in your area.
3. http://www.higheredjobs.com/ This is the American equivalent of jobs.ac.uk. It also has an email update. Bear in mind that you might find yourself trawling through a very long email to get to the history jobs (or jobs in places that you recognise) but if you are prepared to move to the States this is well worth signing up to.
4. http://www.academicjobseu.com/ This is a European wide academic job board. I haven’t used it much myself but it comes recommended by a friend.
5. https://www.h-net.org/jobs/home.php H-Net is both interdisciplinary and international and advertises both jobs, research fellowships and conference and seminars (in their announcement section). This is worth checking out if you are not familiar with as it is an all-round useful site.
6. http://www.essenglish.org/jobs/ This jobs board deals specifically with jobs in English Studies.
7. http://www.irishmuseums.org/ I discovered this site during the summer and have found it incredibly useful since. They advertise conferences which are held throughout museums in Ireland but also posts and vacancies for museums and libraries. They also have an email update that you can sign up to.
8. http://www.museumjobs.com/uk/ This is the UK version of the above. They also carry library, archiving and academic jobs.
If there are any that I have missed please let me know by posting a comment and best of luck!
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