So you want to give a good job talk in political science …

“For junior positions, delivering a good job talk is a necessary condition to securing a job offer” reports Well, perhaps I should say it’s lukewarm, as Inside Higher Ed’s Colleen Flaherty explains: Political news was plentiful last year but political science jobs were down significantly year-over-year, and to their lowest point since 2010, according to the American Political Science Association’s annual jobs report.As the fall approaches, the academic job market in political science is heating up.The report, released earlier this month, presents data on subfields, positions type and location of colleges, universities and institutions advertising jobs with the political science association’s jobs platform.Twenty years ago, back in the days when I was newly minted, I wrote that the political science job market is “a capricious process.” I stand by that assessment.

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