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The Modern Language Association Teams Up With Interfolio

Here at ProfHacker, we’ve praised dossier management service Interfolio a number of different times: Julie covered how to use the service to manage your professional documents1; Brian mentioned it when covering how to prepare for the job market; and Erin included it in her job market advice about using dossier services. For academic job seekers, Interfolio is an extremely helpful service that streamlines the application process and simplifies document management.

Today, the Modern Language Association2 announced a new partnership starting fall 2012 with Interfolio, arguing that this new system will offer advantages to job applicants, hiring departments, and those who write letters of recommendation:

  • Anyone applying for a job through the MLA’s Job Information List will be able to create a free Interfolio account (rather than pay the usual $19 annual charge) and send their application materials electronically to the hiring department who placed the job advertisement; each dossier sent will cost the applicant no more than $6.00, regardless of the number of documents included;
  • Hiring departments “will be able to use Interfolio’s suite of online search-management tools, called ByCommittee. ByCommittee provides a single secure Web interface for departments to manage search-committee memberships for multiple searches and to receive candidate applications, dossiers, and other materials”;
  • Those who write letters of recommendation will be able to submit their letters directly–and confidentially–to Interfolio, and the job applicant will then take responsibility for having the letters sent to the hiring departments.

Details about this partnership may be found on the MLA website. Also useful,

1. While she wrote about Interfolio as a ProfHacker managing editor, Julie Meloni is now the Executive Vice-President of Product & Technology at Interfolio. (Added 5/24 for clarity and disclosure.)

2. The Modern Language Association is a professional scholarly organization with approximately 30,000 members interested in languages and literatures from a variety of national traditions.

Update (5/26): See also Julie’s “Interfolio Partners with the Modern Language Association” at the Interfolio blog.

How about you? Have you used Interfolio or a similar document management service? Do you have any questions about doing so? What have you found to be the most effective strategies for managing your dossier on the job market? Conversely, what have you found to be the most effective strategies when soliciting applications for a job at your institution? Let’s hear from you in the comments!

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