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This post continues our series by a onetime academic job seeker, now academic-at-large, on places to look for and find your next academic job.

It’s October, and academic job-seekers are a few months into the Web-combing part of the cycle, hoping to see new postings pop up that fit their profile. A few years ago, we shared a brief list of job-board websites, meant to serve as an intro to those new to the market who might need more sites to haunt. Here are a few others to add to the pile. Because when it comes to the job market, more options are definitely merrier! 

  • California’s community colleges maintain a job board that lists open positions across the state. You can search these opportunities by job types or counties; the listings include staff positions as well as instructorships. This board is particularly robust, but what if you’re not trying to get a job in California? Try Googling your target state and “community colleges jobs” to find a job board that fits you better. 
  • If you’re open to jobs outside of the United States, AcademicJobsOnline.org is a portal built by the Department of Mathematics at Duke, that aggregates jobs in the United States and beyond. Departments from 45 countries have put up ads on the site in the past year, so if you would jump at the chance to teach in Rome, Botswana, or Tokyo, you should check it out.  
  • Also for the globetrotters, Times Higher Ed’s jobs board is heavy with jobs in the UK, but also offers positions across all continents. (Well, not Antartica; sorry to the penguins.) The site also offers career advice, including a series of posts, aimed at those on the global market, that explain the structure of academic careers in places like Hong Kong, Canada, and Australia. 
  • Minority Postdoc’s job listings include ads for academic jobs, as well as for positions in government, non-profits, and industry. This site is targeted to current minority students in postdoctoral positions in STEM, and the job ads come from employers who have diversity action plans in place and would welcome minority applicants. 
  • Academic Keys is a recruitment site that puts adjunct jobs in a separate category from other job ads. This may give you the ability to exclude these from your search, if you wish to do so—or, if you need to find short-term work in a specific place, to search only for adjunct work. 
  • Finally, if you are Christian (or, enough of a believer to teach at a Christian school!), there is a job site run by the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities that puts those positions together in one place for you to search. At last count, there were 169 jobs on the site; if this is a fit for you, adding this slightly-more-off-the-beaten-track option could pad your list of “good leads” considerably. 

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