This month, I’d like to discuss maneuvering the job market. Why in July? Because this is when you need to start your apps.
I was surprised the only previous PhD + epsilon post I could find on being on the market (note: not reading apps, or attending the JMM, etc.) was this.
While the article offers (much needed) sympathy, since I’ve literally killed a cactus my post obviously will be different. Those on the market (including graduate students) also need advice. That’s the intent of this post and I hope those who have “survived” add as they see fit in the comments. But I’d like to remain as universal as possible. I’m not, say, going to describe a female’s experience in the male-heavy math world. To mimic Dorothy Parker in wit and crassness: my goal is to hit a broad audience, not an audience of broads. I want to focus on what regardless of gender or relationship status or number of times entering the market you can do right now. Continue reading