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I present experiences on the job market during the dissertation process. This presentation will focus on the hidden benefits of nontraditional, interdisciplinary degrees in a job market still largely defined by disciplinary divisions. I also address the hidden challenges of seeking employment at small, private, liberal-arts universities after working at and graduating from a large, research-driven public institution. This session will highlight the rhetorical shifts required when navigating between working in a large, nationally renowned composition program and interviewing with small English departments that may not (yet!) follow current trends in composition pedagogy. This speaker will address the effects of differing institutional perspectives, the importance of contextualizing one’s experience and strengths, and other insights from a recent successful job search.