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I need a suggestion in applying for postdoc position in mathjobs. In general how many places one should apply ? I mean, can my recommendation letter writers get disturbed if I apply for too many places and ask them to send email to too many places ?

Any help/suggestions will be useful.

Thanks in advance.

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You should apply all the places where you want to have a job, and no more. That may sound flip, but there's no magic number; it all depends on how many jobs are the market and what sort job you would accept.

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  • Thanks for the reply. I mean, can my recommendation letter writers get disturbed if I apply for too many places and ask them to send email to too many places ? Jun 23, 2018 at 4:58
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    @RIchardWilliams I used to ask for recommendation letters before applying. Then I realized it's enough to send cover letter/CV stating what I worked with whom. People who were interested asked for recommendation letters.
    – user21264
    Jun 23, 2018 at 6:07
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    @Magicsowon This seems field-dependent. Many institutions won't even consider your application if it is incomplete, and will consider it incomplete if the requested number of recommendation letters has not arrived. Jun 23, 2018 at 18:43
  • @RIchardWilliams If you're applying on mathjobs, your references only upload have to load their letter once and you can send it as many places as you want. So that's not a concern. Jun 26, 2018 at 1:02
  • @Magicsowon In math, that's a good way to torch your career. People will read the letters if they are there, and if they are not, they will click to their next in a list of several hundred. Jun 26, 2018 at 1:04

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