From the 2003 Annual Meeting column in the December 2002 Perspectives
Job Register 2003
AHA Staff, December 2002
The American Historical Association's annual Job Register provides institutions and candidates with facilities and administrative support for position interviewing during the AHA annual meeting. In accordance with AHA policy, which supports open listing of employment opportunities, the annual meeting Job Register facility will be open to all annual meeting participants.
The Job Register and interviewing tables will be located in the Hilton Chicago's Southwest and Southeast Exhibit Halls. The interviewing suites will be in both the Hilton Chicago and the Palmer House Hilton. The Register will operate Thursday, January 2, 12:30-6:00 p.m. (prearranged interviews only); Friday and Saturday, January 3 and 4, 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.; Sunday, January 5, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. No exceptions to stated times will be permitted.
The system uses a large monitor to display a scrolling list of institutions and their interview locations if known. The system also indicates whether an institution is currently collecting c.v.'s for any position. All information regarding changes in interview locations, times, and c.v. collection status will be instantly updated and appear on this monitor. Staff at the Job Register information booth will also have these details.
The old bulletin board system will be used only to display job descriptions for institutions that have decided to collect c.v.'s at the meeting, or who have posted new job descriptions requesting interested candidates to forward application materials to the school, after the deadline for inclusion in the Job Register Handout has passed. Please note: These billboards are intended for AHA Job Register information only. Any other material posted to the billboards will be removed.
Arranging Interviews at the Meeting
1. Read the Job Register Handout.
Handouts provided at the annual meeting list all noninterviewing and interviewing position openings of institutions participating in the Job Register. Check the bulletin boards for late-breaking position announcements. Candidates should review the positions for which they are qualified and determine when they are available for an interview.
2. Submit c.v.'s for positions of interest at school folder tables.
Job Register staff will collect candidate c.v.'s at school folder tables, where the folders for each interviewing institution will be located. Candidates should submit one c.v. with an attached message sheet (provided by the Job Register) for each position for which they would like to interview.
3. Check the two-way messaging system for responses to your c.v.'s.
Institutions that have reviewed your c.v. and wish to set up an interview will contact you directly through the message system. Institutions not wishing to interview you at the meeting are asked to submit their response form to AHA staff, who will then send a standard decline message via the two-way messaging system.
4. Come prepared with a sufficient supply of c.v.'s, paper, and pens.
Please do not rely on copying facilities at the hotels. The prices are often high, and the lines can be quite long. Bring along your local telephone number (hotel room or other lodging) to write down on your message forms, as some schools may wish to contact you by phone.
Because of its size, the AHA Job Register can be confusing and stressful. To make the process as smooth as possible, we strongly recommend that institutions and candidates prearrange all interviews before the annual meeting.