AWP Career Services:
the Writer’s Dossier Service
A Special Service for our Members
If you have ever applied for a teaching position, graduate program, or writing fellowship, you know it can be difficult and time consuming to collate your materials. Professors move or leave their positions or retire: it can be challenging to maintain contact with them. With the passing of time, it can also become difficult for them to remember your credentials and write effective letters of recommendation.
AWP’s Career Services program is a comprehensive dossier service that enables subscribers to store and request the delivery of confidential letters of recommendation, academic transcripts, and tabulated teaching evaluations. The program, available exclusively to members, can safeguard your dossier materials—not just today, but throughout your career. For more information, please read about our mailing package options, a short guide to requesting a dossier, and the FAQs.
How Career Services Works
AWP will collect and maintain a permanent dossier of your recommendation letters, transcripts, and evaluations. At your request, we will send selected documents from your dossier to prospective employers. Only you may choose which elements of your dossier will be sent. Your dossier file is absolutely confidential, and we will maintain your Career Services dossier indefinitely, whether or not you choose to renew the service.
More and more universities are requesting that your recommenders submit their letters of recommendation via an online application system. We can assist with that. Simply provide our email address as the email address of your recommender, and we will upload his or her letter into the online system.
You should never have to wonder whether your materials have been processed. We send you an email confirmation each time we send out your dossier.
Benefits of Career Services
One-on-One Customer Service
When you contact Career Services, you will speak directly with a representative and more than likely come to know that person by name.
Many academic search committees require confidential recommendation letters so they can be confident that the letters are candid and comprehensive. A vital advantage of using AWP Career Services is that we act as a “blind” for the filing and submission of your recommendations. Your recommenders send their letters directly to us, where your credentials are all safeguarded under one roof, ready to be collated and sent to prospective employers. We pledge to protect these original copies, even if you discontinue using our service.
AWP Career Services will provide you with our Guide to Career Services, a manual compiled by teaching members of AWP’s Board of Directors. The guide provides exceptional examples that will help you compose the best possible letter of application, resume, or curriculum vitae. The guide also details Career Services processes and policies to ensure that every request you submit to us can be processed without delay.
More information about Career Services, including advice about creating and maintaining a dossier, is available in our Guide to Career Services You can also contact Kathy Ridenhour, our Career Services Coordinator.