But I'm in the job market in a big way, and in my field it goes like this:
- October / November: the majority of the jobs roll out.
- November / December: some schools do phone or Skype interviews, usually signalling their desire to skip the winter national conference interviews - which are, of course, a clusterfuck.
- January: the clusterfuck conference.
- Feb / March: the campus visits!
- April / May: the good and bad news.
It's always this way, as long as I've been in the field.
I got my first bite last Tuesday, a phone call from the search committee chair at a decent university in the middle of the country, a place near where my dad lives, and a place I've even visited to attend a regional conference in a subfield.
It's a tenure track gig exactly in my two main specialites.
They set a Skype interview for me for last Friday, gave me some stuff to review and prep.
The interview was great. The folks were funny - one guy was what you'd call a character, but it was welcoming and made the hour very enjoyable. I felt as though I got out what I needed to say. I even noted one particular sequence of classes they need covered, a sequence I've been teaching for three years now in a visiting position at a great research university in the deep South.
I spent the weekend dreamy, a bad thing to do, of course, looking at Google Maps, wondering about my chances at getting a campus visit in the winter. (Will I have to miss class? That's okay, I'll get a sub.) I don't have to worry about this place for the national conference; more time to see old friends.
Well, the reverie lasted until Monday afternoon when I got a brief email from one of the committee members.
They've hired someone already. Offered, accepted, done. Thanks, though!
How did it happen so fast? Friday at 5 pm they were talking to me. Monday at 2 pm the job was offered, accepted, done.
I didn't even have time to get on realtor.com.