Ok, I suck so bad at football that all my passes are Hail Mary passes. But anyway, some last minute stuff is coming up on the job boards and I wonder if it is worth my time to apply.
Remember how I got a rejection letter that I was not qualified within an hour of submitting my application and I was peeved? Especially because it wanted a specialist in 18th-century nose picking with teaching experience in Fruit Studies and I consider that to be a totally accurate description of myself as a scholar*? Well it turns out that when all the searches for that school were frozen, some idiot in HR sent the wrong mass email out to everyone who had applied. And now they have turned all those into one-year visiting positions. And sent a nice note saying I am welcome to apply.
Hmm. Is it worth it? Do you think there would be any advantage to be the visiting person there if they managed to re-open it as a tenure-track thingy? Because I don't think that it is worth it, per se, to move randomly across country again for a visiting position when I can just as easily be exploited in this visiting position here ... UNLESS it really could give me an edge up on moving into a permanent gig there.
The second thing is that the place I interviewed with at MLA (which hasn't made any postings about the search on their web site, making me wonder if they actually ended up hiring one of their campus visit people or not, but anyway) has an opening for a postdoc. Also temporary, but less teaching, so possibly worth it. I can't dig up any salary numbers, but it can't be less than I'm making here. But, it is a "new scholars" postdoc and they want someone who has defended in the last couple years or will have by fall, so that puts me out. Do you think I should bother to apply? To contact my contact person from the search committee and ask if I should apply? Hmm.
We are coming up on the end of the job listings for the year, as they get increasingly stranger and/or sketchy sounding. Also, I am very tired and have lots of final exam week grading to do. As well as plan my friggin' summer, since I don't know what I'm doing next year and want to do whatever would actually be useful for future stuff. Oh, and I learned last minute that I had to officially re-submit my application to the postdoc committee through the campus HR site, which was stupid and sucky, as per usual. I had to check all the stupid anti nepotism boxes, too, which amused me ---- I already work here; if I try to get myself the same job again, am I being nepotistic? Heh. It depends if you think of me as me, or as me, myself and I.
And with that little De la Soul reference, I'm out.
*except for the whole pseudonymous nature of the description, of course.