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Summer 2016 JOB MARKET PAPER: The time between now and November 15 is the most critical time in your whole graduate school career.  You need to work 40 hours a day, ten days a week, six weeks a month to produce the best possible paper.  By the time you release the paper, ideally November 1, but no later than November 15, it must be polished, and look ready to submit to a journal.  You need not have done absolutely everything that could be done on the subject, but the paper cannot contain any obvious holes.  You need to be showing drafts to your committee members on a regular basis, to obtain feedback and to give them the evidence they will need to write their recommendation letters.  It takes far longer than you can possibly imagine to do the polishing and tidying up; when you set up your timetable, allocate what you think is a reasonable time to this process, then triple it.
July 1 SEMINAR ARRANGEMENTS: Contact the faculty member(s) organizing the seminar(s) appropriate for your work.  Ask for a time slot in the fall.  You really need a full 90-minute time slot; if the organizer suggests you share a slot with another student, please let the Placement Officer know.  The optimal time depends on the state of your paper.  If it is going to be in rough form in the early fall, you should schedule the seminar in September or early October, so that you will have time to revise the paper in the light of the comments received before it is necessary to mail it.  If your advisors tell you the paper is in good shape, it may be better to present it in November, when it is more polished, because this will provide a better rehearsal for your interviews and fly-outs.