Following your internet interviews and/or your interviews at the Annual Meeting, you will eagerly check e-mail and voice-mail for the good news of an on-campus interview. You will also likely be pursuing local contingent employment and your chosen non-academic options. Rest assured you will make a contribution wherever you land a post. I cannot offer the specialized advice you will need to solicit from your advisers or from your university’s office of career services at this point. I hope, however, that it has been helpful throughout the early stages of graduate school and going on the market.
I would like to thank Jacqui Sadashige of the University of Pennsylvania for writing the original version of this handbook, and for her permission to expand it to its present form. Several passages of her original booklet remain incorporated here.
This document is intended to express my informed opinions, which are in turn informed by a number of colleagues in the field. Under no circumstances should these comments supersede advice offered to prospective job applicants by other knowledgeable individuals, especially faculty in their home departments. It is intended as an informal introduction to graduate school in Classics and the process of going on the Classics job market and does not aim to represent the final word on any matter. It is not designed to encourage increased professionalization or corporatization of an already thoroughly corporatized profession; it aims to supply civil advice and comfort to those caught up in the machine.
Comments, suggestions, and constructive criticisms are welcome. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.