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Job Searching in Educational Technology and Instructional Systems Technology?: Hold Your Head Up High!
Friday, April 04, 2008
This is "the time of the season" for finding jobs for next year. In fact, it may be too late already. I have been chatting with people from the UK, Taiwan, and USA lately about jobs and giving them some advice. Given that this question comes up all the time, I decided to spend 30 minutes searching the Web for job-related sites related to educational technology and instructional systems technology. Below is a list of Web sites that I stumbled upon. Perhaps one of them will help you. Of course, I start with one from my own department. Here you go:

1. Indiana University, Instructional Systems Technology (IST) Department jobs listserv:
2. The Chronicle of Higher Education (USA) (see jobs):
3. ISTE (International Society for Training in Education):
4. AECT (Associational for Educational Communication and Technology):
5. Jobster:
6. EDUCAUSE job listing:
7. MySpace listing (many pages):
8. AACE (Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education):
9. San Diego State University:
10. Academic Keys:
11. Jobs PHDs:
12. Job Hunt:
13. Women in technology: (JOBS plus local chapters, conferences, career fairs, and more); Search jobs:
14. The Guardian (the UK) (I love the Guardian!!!):

Ok, there were more job links sent my way in the comments to this blog post. Here they are:
15. eLearning Guild Job Board (must be an associate member—which is free):
a. Instructional Technology and Design:
17. ASTD (American Society for Training and Development) Job Bank:
18. AERA (American Educational Research Association):
a. Job Seekers:
b. Job Board:
c. All Jobs:
d. Educational Technology Jobs:
19. Times Higher Education (UK):
a. Jobs:
b. Educational Technology:
20. Inside Higher Education:

I just got 4 more from one of my blog readers (keep em coming!:
21. Academic Employment Network:
22. Top Higher Education Jobs:
Instructional and Curriculum Design:
23. Academic 360:
24. Association for Communications Technology in Higher Education:

Two more from Canada:
25. Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (Canada)
26. Canadian Association of University Teachers (Canada):
a. Job Seeker:

Still More to get to 30!!!:
27. Sloan-C JobLine (this one looks great):
28. Illinois Global Campus Career Center (job board):
29. International Society of Performance Improvement (ISPI) (note: these tend to be more corporate training types of jobs but not all):
30. Society for Applied Learning Technology (SALT):

Alphabetic Summary List: I updated the above educational technology and instructional technology job links in an alphabetic list in the resources page at (; formerly,

Good luck with your job searching! Let me know if you find a bunch more that I am missing or if you there is a great site with additional job searching links. Don't give up during this process! Rejections come every day. Hec, when I got my Ph.D., I applied for 50 jobs and got 3 offers and one of those was for a temporary position. Stated another way, I got 47 rejections. If any of you approach 47 rejections, be sure to let me know and we will start a group in Facebook for those rejected more than 40 times. When I was at Wisconsin, one pub had "rejection letter night," where you could get a free drink with a copy of every rejection letter you brought with you. Let's just say I was able to buy a few rounds that night and made a lot of new friends. So my advice is that when those rejection letters get you down, be sure to hold your head up. Hold your head up high!

As I said above that it is the time of the season for finding jobs in academia. Did you know "Time of the Season" is an old Zombies song which is a group led by Rod Argent. Remember what Rod Argent and his group "Argent" said a few years later in the classic song "Hold Your Head Up":

And if it's bad
Don't let it get you down, you can take it
And if it hurts
Don't let them see you cry, you can take it

Hold your head up, hold your head up
Hold your head up, hold your head high

And if they stare
Just let them burn their eyes on you moving
And if they shout
Don't let them change a thing what you're doing

Hold your head up, hold your head up
Hold your head up, hold your head high

Musical Note: Anyone wanting to hear the Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone from the Zombies performing at Shepherds Bush Empire in London (West End) in "Legends Live" series in early March 2008 (March 6th-8th), can now watch them! So ironic. I did not know this until I did some more surfing as I was typing this blog post. Their lyrics had just popped into my head for some reason. Now I know why they had. The Zombies performance is less than a month ago and they have not played together for decades and never both "Time of the Season" and "Hold Your Head Up", two all time classics, in any performance previously. Watch "Time of the Season" about 12:30 minutes into the recording and "Hold Your Head Up" at 22:20 minutes with a special chanting to "hold your head up" at 26:50. Oh, by the way, for music junkies, the first song you will hear is the Zombies classic, "I love you."

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Then at 37:10 you get a bonus of Alan Parsons Project song, "Old and Wise" sung by Colin (the original singer of it). It is quite a stirring rendition of what has been a song playing in my head repeatedly during the past year or two. So great to see it performed live. So much beauty and truth in this song, I must insert these lyrics as well. Being old and wise will get you a job, though preferably just wise.

Old and Wise, Alan Parsons Project, From the 1982 CD, Eye in the Sky
As far as my eyes can see
There are shadows approaching me
And to those I left behind
I wanted you to know
You've always shared my deepest thoughts
You follow where I go

And oh when I'm old and wise
Bitter words mean little to me
Autumn winds will blow right through me
And someday in the mist of time
When they asked me if I knew you
I'd smile and say you were a friend of mine
And the sadness would be lifted from my eyes
Oh when I'm old and wise

As far as my eyes can see
There are shadows surrounding me
And to those I leave behind
I want you all to know
You've always shared my darkest hours
I'll miss you when I go

And oh, when I'm old and wise
Heavy words that tossed and blew me
Like autumn winds that will blow right through me
And someday in the mist of time
When they ask you if you knew me
Remember that you were a friend of mine
As the final curtain falls before my eyes
Oh when I'm old and wise

As far as my eyes can see

YouTube Spins of Old and Wise: A elaborate, slick, and moving (though dubbed) performance of this song can be watched in YouTube:
Someone else got creative with this pictures around this song:

Final Note: Remember the above list of links (and song lyrics) just took 30 minutes of Web searching to find. I later got help from some of you to add to the list. Thanks! You can find dozens more such sites by spending 30-60 minutes of your own time searching. Have fun trying! It is the time of the season for Web browsing! Be sure to hold your head up high when you do.
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  posted by Curt Bonk @ 7:58 PM  
  • At 9:54 PM, Blogger Christy Tucker said…

    Thanks for pulling this list together for all of us who get asked this question.

    I'd suggest the eLearning Guild job board; although it's not a huge listing, it's specific to this niche. It is how I got my job though--I had the phone interview within 24 hours of posting my resume.

    In the academic area, has some listings too.

    ASTD's job board is certainly focused on corporate training, but may provide other possibilities for people to check out.

    Sorry for the lack of actual links in this comment--I usually find that if I include multiple links, the spam filters eat my comments. You should be able to find all of these sites easily though.

  • At 7:28 AM, Blogger Curt Bonk said…

    Thanks Christy. This is great. You are great! Let me add to my list! If I get a few more, I will make it to 20.

  • At 7:40 AM, Blogger George V said…

    Hey Curt!

    Here's a couple more from my list. Hope all is well!

    George V.

  • At 8:11 AM, Blogger Curt Bonk said…

    Thanks George! Will post. Need 1 more to get to 20! You are great as well!

  • At 2:37 PM, Blogger Christy Tucker said…

    I've got one more to get you to 20--Inside Higher Ed has a job board too.

    BTW, when I was trying to switch careers from corporate training to instructional design, it took me over a year. In that time, I actually applied for almost 200 jobs. Obviously, there were things I could have done more effectively in my job search. But I think I'm more than qualified for your 40+ rejections group!

  • At 3:28 PM, Blogger Curt Bonk said…

    Thanks for getting me to 20 Christy! That is great. Sorry you got 200 rejection. I guess you easily beat my 47 rejections and can enter my reject group in Facebook when I create it! Smile!

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  • At 9:25 AM, Blogger Roberto said…

    Hi all,

    As I work on my plans to relocate to Canada, I notice job offers up there are not so numerous as in the US. A simple comparisson in between US and Canadian job announcements shows a 20-to-1 ration. If you find more academic job boards for Canada, I'd really appreciate it.

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