Ways to Induce Job Panic: A List

The following is a list - though only a beginning - of ways to give one's self job panic. I write this as a cautionary tale to others on the market. Do these things at your peril.
  1. Post a list of jobs you've applied for where you can see it easily anytime you look up from work
  2. Speak with a colleague who doesn't like their job but has failed or refuses to try to get out
  3. Find information on the job on a Wiki
  4. Fail to information on the job on a Wiki
  5. Create a Google Earth map of places you have applied. Consider the desirability of these places in relation to your publication record
  6. Show a friend any aid in your job search (the Google map, the list of jobs etc). Allow them to speak
  7. Tell a family member or a friend you have applied to a job near them
  8. Tell a colleague you're applying then attend a meeting where you offer some part of a vision for the future of the place you are trying to leave
  9. Tell one colleague but not another
  10. Review your applications after they have been sent
I'm certain I'll be adding to this list. No doubt you all know of some things I'm missing.

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Notorious Ph.D. said...

11. Have a change of heart about the viability of Exciting Next Project, and decide to do something totally different... after you have sent off the job app advertising now-defunct Exciting Next Project in your cover letter.

November 9, 2008 at 3:56 PM
Dr. Curmudgeon said...

Ooooooh, that's a good one! I might adopt that since I like to come to job interviews and argue with their definition of something in the job ad.

November 11, 2008 at 5:10 PM