If you feel that your years in graduate school have left you ill?]prepared to cope with the harsh realities of the job market you are not alone. In a recent survey of job seekers attending the 1995 spring national meeting of the American Geophysical Union over 60% described the current state of the research job market as "bad," "dismal," or "hopeless." These individuals were not "second?]rate" students from lesser schools but excellent young scientists from top?]notch institutions such as Dartmouth, Johns Hopkins, Penn State, Brown, MIT and Princeton. Even the most accomplished recent graduates are finding the job market to be tough and getting tougher.