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Job Market Procedures

Below are specific deadlines [underlined] and instructions for each of the job market steps.

On 21 June 2017, there is a preliminary meeting to discuss the upcoming job market. Preparation for the meeting includes the following:

  • Prepare a 5 minutes' presentation of what the job market paper (and your thesis) is about. The placement director picks two people from the audience to give a sample presentation and then discusses how to improve. The presentation should include the following:
  1. I am a macroeconomist/econometrician/microeconomists, etc.
  2. I work on labour market frictions/debt crisis/forecasting, etc.
  3. the topic of my job market paper is . . .
  4. briefly explain what the literature has done
  5. I contribute to the literature empirically/theoretically by doing this . . .
  6. my results show . . .
  7. these agree, are in contrast, turn around the results in the literature.

All of this should be no longer than 3 minutes

  • Once you have done this you can proceed giving some details, e.g.
  1. my model add x to the model used by y because . . .
  2. my empirical work uses a feature x which has not been used previously
  3. because of assumption z I was able to prove some things that other people were not able, etc.

This should not last more than 2 minutes.

Time yourself and try the presentation in front of the mirror before coming to the meeting.

  • For those who plan to go to the Job Market in the Autumn, over the summer the following needs to be done:
  1. build a personal homepage (see 13 October deadline for more details of Items 1, 2 and 3)
  2. prepare a detailed abstract for your thesis and job market paper
  3. prepare a CV with the relevant information.
  4. think about the crucial deadline in the beginning of September when you have to talk with your advisor and see if you are fit to look for a job or not.

By 4 September 2017 the researcher's supervisor and the placement officer need to be notified of the candidate's intention to go to the job market.

On 25-26-27 September 2017, Job Market Paper Presentations will take place. Presentation of the job market paper during the time that the Department has allotted is OBLIGATORY. Time allotted is 1 hour and 10 minutes per person, which includes presentation, questions and feedback. Reviewers should be encouraged to be present at the seminar. The Placement Officer and the main supervisors must be present. Remember, feedback on the paper is essential for its revision.

  • The following are guidelines for the job market presentations:
  1. Candidates have 1 hour and 10 minutes each but should prepare a 45 minutes' presentation. The candidate is likely to be constantly interrupted and there are 15 minutes at the end of the session for feedback so the 45 minutes need to be used wisely.
  2. Do not try to put all of the paper in the slides. In 45 minutes, one should have 25 slides maximum. Back-up slides should be made in case someone from the audience would ask about the details, but the back-up slides should not be in the main talk. Be explicit at the end about what the paper is missing to make it complete and remind the audience where you are going during the presentation.
  3. The candidate should be careful about motivation. The first 10 minutes should be devoted to explaining to those in the audience who are not in the field what you are doing, why it is interesting and how it improves/adds to the current literature and in what dimension.
  4. This is the first presentation of the candidate’s job market paper. It is highly recommended that the candidate has a second presentation later on in the season, [end November] through the Research Workshop series or with a Working Group.
  5. All job market candidates are required to attend all the presentations.
  6. It is the responsibility of the job market candidate to make sure his/her supervisor is present when scheduling the presentation.
  7. Please send your Job Market Paper to your advisors a few days ahead of the presentations.

CVs and Webpage deadline is 13 October 2017.

    • A Personal Webpage needs to be created for the candidate's papers, CV, thesis summary and any evidence of teaching abilities; e.g. a statement of teaching philosophy and reviews from classes taught.
    •  A one-page summary of the thesis needs to be prepared. If the candidate plans to have three papers in the thesis, the summaries of all three papers should fit into one single page. The summary should be a slightly extended version of an abstract.  Emphasis should be given to the contribution relative to existing literature.
    • The CV should be of a standard format and should include contact details, fields of interest, working experience, publications and working papers. It should also include other skills or experiences that the candidate wants to emphasize (computer skills, TA-ships, internships, fellowships, etc.) and the names of the referees with their full address, telephone and email.
    • The Department’s Job Market Webpage links the candidate's Webpage, online PDF version of CV and provides basic information to the interested parties. Links and information should be sent to the placement secretary by 13 October. 

Around the second week of November application packages will be due. The candidate should mail his/her US Job Market packages around the second week of November. Some universities have a deadline for submitting the material on 15 November, others later in the month.

    • The Department will NOT pay your postage or courier services. Most applications can be done online at the Webpage of the institution. Other packages can be sent via email to a pre-specified address.

By the end of third week of November most reference letters should be ready. Advance notice needs to be given to referees to ensure that reference letters are written and sent in a timely fashion (ask at least 3 weeks in advance). Addresses where reference letters are to be sent should be emailed to the professor's secretary; group all or most of your application addresses. (Do not send addresses one by one.) It is more convenient to include the list of addresses in a Word document or an email message. The list should include 1) email, postal address or link where the letter is be uploaded, 2) subject line only when absolutely necessary, and 3) deadline.

By mid-November the candidate should be working with his/her supervisor to identify positions of interest. The supervisor may make contact (email, phone calls) with those places on the candidate's behalf. 

Departmental Mock Interviews will be held on 20-21 November 2017. Mock interviews help to prepare for job interviews. If the candidate signs up for a mock interview, he should prepare himself in advance to answer questions about his research, teaching interests, research plans etc. If one wishes to practice for interviews earlier than that, he can have a group of fellow students listen to the (5 minutes') presentation and make them ask questions about future research, teaching plans, etc. See Frequently Asked Interview Questions and Notes for Mock Interviews

The Search: The Economics Placement Office makes email distributions of job offers that are received by the Department. Social Science Research Network (ERN Professional Announcements and Job Openings) are regularly distributed. One can sign up directly at https://hq.ssrn.com/login/pubSignInJoin.cfm?

The World Bank and IMF usually recruit at the Economics Department. Candidates are urged to attend their presentations and also to submit their CV for the IMF's interviews if the candidate is interested in these positions.

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