My advisor is one of the true stars of the discipline, there's no doubt about that. He's even frequently mentioned in threads on PSJR (for whatever THAT'S worth) as one of the most reputable political scientists. But I have gotten nowhere on the job market. How can I better leverage my advisor's star power? The schools I apply to are obviously getting his letter. Should I make a point to drop his name in the first paragraph of my letter? (E.g., I studied at Stanford under PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA, who was the advisor of my dissertation, "Keeping...) Is the all caps a good idea? Certainly more people would notice.
Part of the problem is that most of the places that have vacancies are not R1s among whose faculty my advisor is well-known; they're at SLACs and state schools whose faculty barely seem to know anyone in the discipline.
I expect a lot of snarky replies, but please tell me, what would you do differently if your advisor were one of the stars of the discipline instead of one of the up-and-coming unknowns?