FAQs for Applicants

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to frequently asked questions about the university's hiring process.

I’m not sure for which position I’m qualified. Can I send you a resumé so that you can match me with an opening?

Due to the volume of resumes we receive from applicants interested in a career at American University, we are unable to provide a resumé-matching service. However, we provide information about the openings so that you may readily match your qualifications and interests with the positions available.

How often are the career listings updated?

We update the AU Careers site continuously as we receive openings.

To whom should I address my cover letter?

If no contact person listed on the posting, please address your cover letter to the Search Committee.

Should I submit a separate cover letter and resume or application if I am applying for more than one position?

Yes, each position needs a separate application. Please include the appropriate position title and number in each copy of your cover letter or application.

How long are positions open? What is the closing date for the position in which I am interested?

Unless otherwise noted, positions are open until filled. In some cases, a department may decide to re-open a search, so keep checking our listings.

When will I be called for an interview?

After reviewing the resumés submitted, if a department believes there is a match, they will contact you directly to arrange for an interview.

How will I know you have received my resumé?

If you are using our online application system you should receive confirmation shortly after applying.