There is this pernicious idea floating around that young academics who are looking for their first job need to negotiate to improve on the contract they are offered. It’s so ridiculous because, unlike many other industries, academia – in the Humanities especially – is not a job-seeker’s market. It’s the hirer’s market to an absolutely ridiculous degree. It’s delusional to pretend that it isn’t so. You can’t act is if there weren’t 300 people fighting for every position.