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What do job search committees for tenure track jobs think of applicants using a service like interfolio? Using such a service, you don't have to bug recommenders for each place you apply and, instead, enter a special email address generated by interfolio on application forms.

Is this a good idea?

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    Never heard of it. Is this advertising? @anonymous555, What is your relation to this company? – Federico Poloni Oct 27 '13 at 16:45
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    I have no relation to this company. I heard about it because some universities recently started to require using it. Example: apply.interfolio.com/23031 It then seemed convenient to use it for all applications. – anonymous555 Oct 27 '13 at 17:05
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    Can you even use interfolio unless the university with the job ad puts it on interfoliol to begin with? – DJBunk Oct 27 '13 at 18:54
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    Yes, when using it you don't enter a recommender's email address, but rather something like <recommender@interfolio.com>. Then interfolio checks that the request is legit and sends the recommendation letter on their behalf. – anonymous555 Oct 27 '13 at 19:00
  • @anonymous555 thanks for the answer - sorry for being aggressive and asking, but we have already had some cases of blatant self-advertising on this site. – Federico Poloni Oct 28 '13 at 10:43
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Speaking as someone running a faculty search committee, I doubt we'd even notice, as long as your application materials and recommendation letters are properly entered into our own application system.

On the other hand, many faculty recruiting processes (including mine) only request recommendation letters after applications have passed the first round of reviewing. In that case, I would be a little suspicious of an application that suggested using fdje28dn@interfolio.com instead of name@mit.edu to request a letter from a well-known professor at MIT.

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    I agree. If a former student requests a letter after making the first round (i.e., medium list) then I will send a customized letter to the employer. But many low-level non-tenure-track, visiting, adjunct, and other positions ask for letters up front. In those cases, I feel less bad asking the student to use the interfolio service. – RoboKaren Jul 13 '14 at 22:09

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