There is something so charmingly anachronistic in how, despite the entire application process being electronic, I'm receiving hand-signed letters of rejection in my mailbox. I'm all for the personal touch, but really, why bother? It costs money--both in stamps and in high-quality watermarked university letterhead--and time; 497 signatures simply cannot, nor should be, done in one sitting. Carpal tunnel, you know (though you could always blame it on the sex). Plus it's bad for the environment, as I am not one of those people who keep their rejection letters as some sort of ironic trophy. My most recent is on a barge to a New Jersey landfill, I am sure of it.
To date, the number of official no-thank-you's is a surprisingly small two, but I can't imagine that this is an accurate representation of the number of departments that have decided not to act further on my application. Or does everyone send these letters? I had sort of presumed that the radio silence from, well, everywhere else was an indication that They're Just Not That Into Me, but should I still be holding out some hope? Fat lady sings, etc?
Feel free to answer these questions in the comments without regard to my feelings or whatever. I've come to the full realization that I really have no idea how any of this works, because it's different everywhere. All I can do is get my work done and try to put another manuscript together by the time the next hiring cycle comes around......or is there something else I can do? Again, fire away!
The Plight of the Post-Doc