Short guide to creating a job posting

Create your ad

  1. Click the Add posting button.
  2. Choose the "advertisement type" (free or paid, depending on your needs).
  3. Enter a meaningful title, which could include the job title for the position you are advertising. The field for the position is specified separately, so need not be included in the advertisement title, but you may include it if you wish. Whenever your advertisement is displayed, the name of your institution will be shown with it, so there is no need to include that in the title.
  4. Select the type(s) of job being advertised, the fields of specialization for the job, and the start date, deadline, and end date for the display of the advertisement.
  5. Enter the text of your advertisement. If you have placed advertisements previously, you will know what to include. If you are posting one for the first time, you might want to include a description of the employer and the nature of the job, a list of qualifications necessary for the job, the location of the job and any citizenship requirements, any language requirements, and the desired start date.

    You can write and edit the text of your ad using the built-in editor on our ad-creation page. Alternatively, you can create your ad in your favorite editor, and then paste it into the form. Many recruiters use Microsoft Word to create their ads. The resulting ads usually look awful, but don't worry: when you confirm your ad our system will fix all the problems that Word creates and produce a good-looking ad.

  6. Choose the number of references you require for the position. (Zero is an option.)
  7. Select the degree required for your job, the start date, and the job duration.
  8. Enter the location for your job. We will use this location to place your job on a map, so give an address that mapping services can understand --- do not give a PO Box, for example.
  9. Specify how you will collect applications. If you collect applications of EconJobMarket, you will have (complimentary) access to our full-featured application-evaluation system. Whether or not you collect applications on EconJobMarket, you can use our sophisticated interview scheduler when you have selected applicants for further evaluation.
  10. Specify how, and when, you will interview applicants.
  11. If you would like your advertisement to be redisplayed on other sites, check the appropriate boxes.
  12. If you will collect applications on EconJobMarket, choose a template for your application form. (Click the View button to see what the template looks like.) After you choose a template, you can add or delete any requirement or question, so the choice of a template does not constrain you at all. However, you may want to choose a template that is fairly close to what you ultimately want.

If collecting applications on EconJobMarket, create your application form

  1. The first text box allows you to add instructions regarding the completion of your form. Typically, no instructions are necessary.
  2. The next text box allows you to add instructions specific to the documents you require. Generally, no instructions are necessary.
  3. You can specify documents of a variety of types — see the list in the "Add document" dropdown. You can specify whether each document is required, or optional. For a regular tenure-track job, you might want to require a Cover letter, Curriculum vitae, Job market paper, and perhaps a Teaching statement, and allow an applicant, in addition, to submit another paper or two, and a link to a video presentation of their job market paper. For a Research Assistant position, you might want to require a Cover letter, Curriculum vitae, Diplomas, and Transcripts of grades, and allow an applicant, in addition, to submit a Paper (writing example) and Coding sample (if that is relevant).
  4. In addition to requesting documents, you can ask applicants questions. In the "Additional information" section of the application form, you can create questions of various types (e.g. questions with open text answers, multiple-choice questions). You can use these questions to collect information that candidates do not necessarily include in their cvs or cover letters (e.g. whether they have a work permit for a specific country, or their earliest start date) or because you want to have certain information readily available in a standardized format for all applicants (e.g. proficiency in a certain language). The application form templates for RAs/Pre-Docs, for example, contains a mandatory question asking for the earliest date they could start work. (You can remove this question if you prefer.)
  5. If you will not personally evaluate applications, we strongly recommend that you get someone who will do so to check the application form you create, because the application form cannot be changed after you confirm your advertisement.