Monday, December 15, 2008

Sounds like someone's got a case of the Mondays

Second Suitor already hinted at some of this earlier. But, if you needed some anecdotal corroboration of Second Suitor and fellow Smokers' misery, Missamerica points us this way:
With the Eastern APA just a couple of weeks away, I've been inundated with reports of DOOM from job-seekers and search committee members alike. Searches are being canceled without warning, the number of interview slots is being shrunk, people are having to suddenly rearrange their travel itinerary, and so on. A seemingly large number of new Ph.D.'s who managed to land 4 or more interviews last year (as ABD) have zero interviews this year. It's rough out there.
Hope this gets your Monday off to the right start! If not, look on the bright side of things. If you're one of the few lucky bastards to get an interview this week (anytime now), and buck this disheartening trend, you know that you probably earned it. Probably.

-STBJD

3 comments:

nullo said...

what about this to start the last week of desperately waiting for an interview:

you get an email from a dept. to which you've applied which starts with the words

"
On behalf of the department of philosophy at X University, I am pleased to notify you that...
"

and, silly naive bastard that you are, you think that maybe, just maybe, the time has come... no, they are just 'pleased to notify you' that they have re-opened the search. and on Dec. 15th that cannot count as good news, no!

philo said...

That sucks! And it beats my story for the morning: PFO from Youngstown State Uni -- they had received something like 300 applications!

missamerica said...

Searches are being canceled without warning, the number of interview slots is being shrunk, people are having to suddenly rearrange their travel itinerary, and so on.

This statement is ambiguous and invites a question: what's the rationale for departments reducing the number of interview slots?

In the case of departments who skip the APA and go straight to campus invites, I can see why. But if you're going to the trouble of going to the APA, why would you reduce the number of candidates whom you're interviewing?