I am a postdoc in (applied) math. I have completed one year and have two years left on my contract. I want to stay in academia, so I'm trying to decide whether to apply for tenure track jobs this year. There is one department I am particularly interested in, and it is my understanding that they will be hiring both cycles (although who can be sure?). It seems there are two possibilities:
- Apply this year (and next year if rejected)
- Apply next year
Obviously my CV will be longer next year, but presumably applications are also judged with some regards to where you are in your career.
What are situations in which applying next year is preferable to applying this year? And does the choice depend much on whether or not the department would reconsider an unsuccessful application the next year (i.e. if I have to apply in just one cycle)?
I know there are a number of questions/answers about when to apply for tenure track jobs, with the overall goal being to land a job somewhere. However, the answers don't seem particularly relevant to the situation of trying to get one a specific job.