"Move in and secure the objective"

"Move in and secure the objective"1

So it’s just about that time. Tomorrow morning I leave for Orlando… well, actually Kissimmee, FL2. At any rate, I attend the ACPA conference every year, and go for the professional development opportunities, as well as the chance to see friends who are scattered far and wide. This year, however, my big focus is the job search.

I have 9 (first round) interviews currently scheduled. I’ll probably pick up a few more while I’m down there, as well as some invitations for second interviews at the conference. As I mentioned, I’m not naming specific schools or positions publicly. I will however tell you some of the regions where these schools are:

Pittsburgh (yes, Pittsburgh schools are interviewing me … in ‘Orlando’.)
Erie, PA
Northern California
Rhode Island
New York City

I anticipate hearing about interviews at a couple of Southern California schools as well.

When I looked back at my posts from the 2004 job hunt, it looks like I only had about 11 or 12 first round interviews that year. Considering I was going for reslife positions having had no previous reslife experience, I feel better about what I have set up for this year. I may be at the bottom end of the experience spectrum that some of these schools are looking for, but I have 3 very solid years here in Pitt, and an awful lot to communicate in an interview.

Also, these 9 interviews came from about 22 applications vs. the 60-70 I put in in 2004. Lets hope that my advancement rate to the next phase of interviews is as improved as it has been for the application process this year.

Here we go…

1This is what I called my 2004 Pre-con post, and I got a good job, so I’m calling this post that as well.

2This is something that really pisses me off about conferences. Kissimmee is actually 20 miles south of Orlando, not in the city at all. When the conference was in ‘Nashville’ it was actually in this compound about 20 miles outside of the actual city. At least last year when we went to Indianopolis the convention center was right in the city. Same as Philly in 2004. What’s the point of having a convention in a major city if it’s not actually in the stupid city. I want to be able to walk to things. I want options for food. I want stuff. Not some isolated conference compound. Idiots.

4 Responses to “"Move in and secure the objective"”

  1. Charlie Says:

    Ehh. It’s Orlando, not a real city. Even if you were “downtown” you would likely need a car to get food or see much that was interesting. Yes, being in Kissimmee is sort of crappy but that’s largely because most of Florida sucks, not because your conference chose a poor venue within Florida.

  2. The AntiDJ Says:

    yeah, there’s that. But I’d just prefer that they only picked interesting places that don’t suck.

  3. send nudes Says:

    Jesus H Christ, Michael. you’ve been one wordy bitch since I checked in on you last. we ought to catch up sometime soon.

    good luck with that thing!

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