Thursday, October 11, 2007

You Been Bad to Me Woman, But it's Coming Back Home to You

Okay, I've gone through the JFP once pretty carefully, and I've managed to get a spreadsheet of possible jobs together. Not for nothing, I've also got my shit together, which is a nice change from yesterday morning.

One thing really jumped out at me on that first read through. A lot of departments look like they're doing the same searches they did last year, which I guess means they didn't make a hire. Some of those jobs are ones I applied for last year, and now it looks like I'll be applying for them again. I have to say, I really, really want to write a cover letter that says, "You fucked up when you didn't give me an interview last year, didn't you? Well, don't fuck it up this year. Fucktards."

I can see that letter having downsides, though.

7 comments:

JobAgora said...

Long-time listener, first time caller... I am on the Classics market this year, so I am dealing with that "other" APA. Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy! Anyway, I'd really like to take a gander at the JFP, just to get a sense of what the Philosophy side of things looks like. I am not going to apply to philosophy jobs, so it is more a matter of morbid curiosity, I suppose. Soooooo... would you or one of your audience be willing to email me a copy of the JFP (save it as a pdf or some such, send it as an attachment, etc. to JobAgora at gmail dot com)? Odd request, I know, but while I am a fully paid up member of the APA, it happens to be the wrong one. Thus my request. Good luck with it all, in any case!

Pseudonymous Grad Student said...

Another P, and another P. . . . Philological?

Anonymous said...

Bingo!

Pseudonymous Grad Student said...

Huh. Actually, I'd always thought of philosophy as having the "other" APA, since there's a whole lot more psychologists out there than philosophers. . . .

Anonymous said...

Oh, of course. I suppose we classics people are really the alter-other to you folks, who are just the other to the psychologists. But then again I suppose our APA was established a bit earlier, so those psychologists are just young, upstart punks...

Anonymous said...

One of the jobs that I'll be applying for is one that I've applied for, not once, but *twice* before. Your cover letter is mighty tempting.

Anonymous said...

If you were to word that differently, why not try? Dear so-and-so, I see that this position has yet to be filled. I applied for it last year. You did not interview me then, you might want to reconsider this year. Since, given the attached dossier, I am exactly right for this position. Or to that effect. Try it. It would definitely leave an impression.