Thursday, March 4, 2010

Attitude, You Got Some Fucking Attitude

One of the most infuriating tropes that comes up again and again when you complain about the job market is this line about how you'll never get a tenure track job with an attitude like that. No one would ever hire anyone with such a bad attitude. But if the discussion of the last week or so has demonstrated anything, it's that it is totally possible to get a tenure track job while having the shittiest of attitudes. Small point, but I felt it was worth making. Now we can all shut up forever about our attitudes about stuff.

--Mr. Zero

5 comments:

zombie said...

Right. It's your shitty attitudes about and during job interviews that will make it impossible for you to get a TT position (well, that and various combinations of gross incompetence, bad luck, a dreadful economy, poor personal hygiene, etc.). Your inability to control yourself and/or your crazy outbursts while you are TT might keep you from getting tenure (or so I imagine). But if you can hold back the crazy for 3 or 4 years, you're golden.

Inside the Philosophy Factory said...

Zombie is right...clearly.

I read all of those kinds of pathetic attempts to blame job seekers as an expression of guilt (when I'm feeling kind), and as probably the worst kind of ignorance/arrogance...

The fact of the matter is that the job market has changed in the last 30 years, and not for the better.

Chairephon said...

Sounds like somebody's got a case of the Mondays!

Anonymous said...

Yes, it's difficult to know which came first -- the unfair treatment or the shitty attitudes! Seems like a chicken/egg question.

Cafe Christchurch said...

Businessmen will be businessmen, corporations will be corporations, we screwed if we don't stop talking for 3 to 4 yrs unless your a budding Bill Gates who can see beyond the mmicro chip!