The Job Market

  • Gregory M. Colón Semenza


John Guillory is correct, of course, when he claims that what graduate students want most is a job.1 This book has aimed to give you the practical information and advice that you will need in order to earn that job someday. Ironically, one of the areas in which too many departments fail to provide proper training for their students is job market preparation. Since even the most qualified Ph.D.s will struggle to earn jobs if they aren’t educated about how the academic market works, it seems appropriate that this book should conclude by outlining the process of applying for professorial positions in one of the most competitive job markets in America. In this chapter, then, I discuss the following issues related to job hunting in the humanities:
  • Deciding when to go on the market

  • Applying for appropriate positions

  • Building a strong application

  • Preparing for interviews

  • Interviewing at conferences

  • Interviewing on campus

  • Accepting a job


Cover Letter Hotel Room Early Entry Filing Cabinet Writing Sample 
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  1. 1.
    John Guillory, “Preprofessionalism: What Graduate Students Want.” ADE Bulletin 113 (Spring 1996): 4–8.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. 3.
    Kathryn Hume, Surviving Your Academic Job Hunt: Advice for Humanities PhDs (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005).CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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