My talk needs to be rewritten, essentially, but I am reluctant to work on it because I feel as though my chances of getting invited for a talk are slim. Thoughts?
Date: 22 Oct 2010 13:32
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I just got a campus invite and am starting now. I didn't want to waste my time before that. In addition, I am tweaking things to be specific to this one job (i.e., emphasizing something that I normally wouldn't at another school).
And hey, don't think your chances aren't good!!! The job market doesn't look too bad this year. Not a ton of really top places hiring, but a lot of good places.
That's exaclty how I felt last year, but try to just push yourself to do it! You'll be glad when you get that interview that you're not scrambling to put something together. And it will give you a chance to practice and get some feedback.
I would agree to at least have started working on and organizing your talk before you get an interview. Sometimes you only have two weeks or so from when you are called to when you interview. You might not have the final polished talk done, but at least have put SOME thought into it.
Start as early as possible. You don't want to be caught off guard when a school calls to set up an interview on short notice.