With the Eastern APA just a couple of weeks away, I've been inundated with reports of DOOM from job-seekers and search committee members alike. Searches are being canceled without warning, the number of interview slots is being shrunk, people are having to suddenly rearrange their travel itinerary, and so on. A seemingly large number of new Ph.D.'s who managed to land 4 or more interviews last year (as ABD) have zero interviews this year. It's rough out there.
I look forward to the Eastern APA every year because the DOOM it manifests is a suitable antidote for all the fake happiness of Christmas; it's an opportunity to recalibrate after the distortions of the holiday season. This year promises to be especially helpful in this regard.
I'd wish all job seekers good luck, but who thinks that hiring decisions should be settled by luck anyway? So instead, I wish everyone JUSTICE.
The annual Philosophers Anonymous secret event is on: same bat time, different bat station. Hard booze this year.