Post doc and the annonymous commenter on my last post confirmed my suspicions about the post doc job I received an email about yesterday.
I was interested in hearing other's opinions on it before I gave mine because I am SO incredibly pissed off right now. When I sent this email to my current mentor she said "did you not find out about this job until long after it was posted?" So the consensus is that it's a timing issue and not one of qualifications for the job.
As it turns out this job was posted end of April, I wrote my cover letter and emailed my recommenders on May 2nd asking for letters (mailed my CV and cover letter that afternoon). Recommender 1 sent letter May 3rd, Recommender 2 sent letter May 5th. On May 15th I emailed Recommender 3 (my graduate advisor!!) to say "did you get this email about this letter I need" and they responded that they did get it but hasn't sent it yet because they had been swamped!
Guess what that means? The post doc job got the most important letter!! 2 weeks after the other two letters and all my other materials arrived (which means they got it yesterday or the day before) and they contacted me immediatly upon receiving it.
This is the 2nd job opportunity where I've gotten a "too bad your letter was so late" email. The last one was not my grad advisor, so at least it's not always the same person but I really feel like they're screwing me here! The letters are written-- all they have to do is change the contact info, I try to give them as much notice as possible.. how fucking hard it is to find the time to print it out and give it to the department secretary???
So here's to hoping that they hate all the first rounders and I actually get the chance to interview.