There’s been lots of talk lately about mentoring people on the job market: https://jobmentoringforwomen.wordpress.com/ and http://philosopherscocoon.typepad.com/blog/. This reminded me of when I was on the market, back in 2001. It worked out well – I got a fancy job that I’m on the whole very happy with – and I don’t have any particular horror stories to report, but still, I found it really, really, stressful and unpleasant. Talking to strangers is scary! Especially when it’s super important to make a good impression!
But enough about me. Young historians, we love you and we want you to get all the open jobs. If you have questions/issues/observations about navigating the market, ask away. (Anonymously if you want.) There are lots of people here to give advice.