EJM system overview

The Econ Job Market® system serves as a central electronic repository for job-market advertisements, application materials, and reference letters. EJM also provides tools for applicants to sort advertisements and manage their applications, and for recruiters to schedule interviews with applicants they select and to receive applicants' files. These tools are available at our main website econjobmarket.org and at EJM's back-end interface at backend.econjobmarket.org.

The EJM system is easy to use. Papers, reference letters, and other information need to be submitted only once, rather than separately to each organization to which a candidate applies. Here is a time line to describe how the system works:

  1. Recruiters register and post advertisements, which include specifications of the information and materials required of applicants. Recruiters are checked for authenticity before being allowed to post advertisements and receive applications. Concurrently, candidates register and upload basic biographical information, curricula vitae, papers, and other documents.
  2. Candidates apply for jobs using the links on econjobmarket.org. References (or their staff representatives, called "proxies") upload their letters of recommendation. References can, if they wish, submit multiple letters for the same candidate and designate which letter goes to each specific organization to which a candidate applies.
  3. Recruiters decide how they would like to receive and process applications. Recruiters can review applications directly on the EJM web site or they can have the application materials automatically and securely transferred to any third-party review system (including their internal human-resource systems and commercially provided systems). For a summary of all of the options, see the information-for-recruiters page. EJM is committed to internalizing externalities by facilitating interoperability between the various application-processing systems that recruiters use.
  4. Recruiters obtain the electronic files of the candidates who apply to their advertisements. They also receive basic biographical information for the set of applicants, including government-required data. Recruiters conduct their evaluations of the candidates using their preferred applicant-review systems.
  5. Recruiters set up their calendar of interview slots (at one of the job market meetings or elsewhere). Recruiters can specify different types of slots for different fields of specialization and for multiple interview teams. Recruiters then select which candidates to interview and the system does the rest, automatically emailing the candidates and helping them self-select into the calendar slots.

Econ Job Market Inc. is a nonprofit charity (a 501c3 organization) with a mandate to charge only the level of fees needed to maintain and develop the system. Here is the current schedule of minimal required fees:

User
Function
Fee / Contribution
Candidate
Establishing a user account
Free
Submitting applications
Free. (Recruiters may specify fees separately.)
Reference
Establishing a user account
Free
Submitting and managing letters
Free
Recruiter
Establishing a user account
Free
Posting a minimal advertisement for up to 1 year (displayed only to logged-in users; use of interview scheduling, no other data services.)
Free for non-profit organizations, $340 ($306 if paid by credit card) for others. (First ad free for all organizations.)
Posting a public advertisement with services for up to 1 year (public display on EJM and optionally on the ad sites of partner organizations; all data services, including transmission of application materials, back-end connections to application-review systems, and interview scheduling)
$280 ($252 if paid by credit card) for non-profit organizations, $560 ($504 if paid by credit card) for others. (First ad free for all organizations.)
Posting a featured advertisement for up to 1 year (all of the benefits of a public advertisement plus rotating prominent display on EJM’s home page)
$560 ($504 if paid by credit card) for non-profit organizations, $1120 ($1008 if paid by credit card) for others. (First ad $280 ($252 if paid by credit card) for non-profit organizations, $560 ($504 if paid by credit card) for others.)

We welcome additional contributions from recruiters above the minimum fees shown above.