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December 13, 2012 / Damien Irving

Keeping up with the job market

I’m not looking for a new job at the moment and probably won’t be for another couple of years, but I like to keep up-to-date with the job market anyway. Not only does this allow me to get a feel for the institutions that regularly hire in my area, but it also means that I’m constantly reminded of the attributes that employers are looking for. These reminders sit in the back of my mind and push me to do that extra professional development course, or write that paper I’ve been putting off, because I know it will pay off when I do eventually need a job.

Here’s a list of the best resources I know for keeping your finger on the pulse of the international job market, in the weather/climate sciences:

  • CLIMLIST is an international email list hosted by Western Kentucky University, which disseminates notices about job vacancies (including PhD) and upcoming conferences/workshops in the area of climatology.
  • Met-Jobs Digest is an international email list hosted by the University of Reading, which disseminates notices about job vacancies (including PhD) in meteorology, oceanography and climatology. The job related content of CLIMLIST and Met-Jobs is often similar, but rarely identical (i.e. it’s worth signing up to both).
  • The AGU Career Center allows you to search their job vacancy database and post your resume for employers to search, even if you aren’t a member of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). You can also link your custom search to an RSS feed, which means you can keep an eye on the latest jobs without having to continually return to the AGU site.
  • The AMS Career Center also allows you to search their job vacancy database and post your resume, even if you aren’t a member of the American Meteorological Society (AMS). You can also link your custom search to an email alert.
  • The European Geosciences Union jobs page is also a great resource, as it’s open to employers regardless of whether they are members of the EGU or not.

At a local (e.g. national) level, the local professional society is often the best source of information. For instance, the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (AMOS) posts Australian job vacancies in their regular email newsletter to members and on the front page of their website. Many of these adverts are not placed in international job listings like CLIMLIST or Met-Jobs Digest.

If you know of any other good job hunting resources, please let me know!

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  1. JF / Dec 21 2012 17:29

    ES_JOBS_NET is great and very active for jobs across the spectrum of earth and environmental sciences: http://mailman.acd.ucar.edu/mailman/listinfo/es_jobs_net
    Although originally a spin-off of the Earth Science Women’s Network, the jobs list is open to both men and women.

    The Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) also maintains an active job board of positions that bear some relationship to polar or cryospheric science, which is often broadly defined: http://www.apecs.is/careers/open-positions

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