Happy Labor Day! One of the interesting things about this Labor Day is that nearly 10% of us Americans are more interested in finding work than in avoiding work over a 3-day weekend. Since Labor Day coincides with the beginning of the academic job market, as a public service I thought I’d link to a series of really smart posts from some of my comrades-in-blogs last year. GayProf and Squadratomagico both had lots of thoughtful advice both for academic job seekers and the departments that interview them. (Be sure to read the comments too!)
WOC Ph.D. also had some great advice for academic job seekers: 1) what to expect on a campus visit, 2) how to prepare for and deliver a successful academic job talk, and 3) how to dress for a campus interview. Unfortunately, these posts are no longer available publicly, but you can see a summary of her advice here.
If you can’t get enough of hearing about other people’s job interview nightmares, don’t miss the tales told by Freddie from Ft. Lauderdale and Associate Professor Alice. They serve to entertain, as well as instruct, I hope. As should the comments below–tell us your stories, and give us your best advice for both job seekers and colleague-seekers this year, and feel free to leave other helpful links.
Forge ahead, friends! Good luck to everyone, and remember: if you can’t say anything nice about anyone you meet in the academic job market this year, come sit next to me!