I enjoyed reading this blog post by Philip Nel. I have never been to MLA, but I have heard horror stories about this job market. I think it is a very special phenomenon in the US, because there are so many universities - there must be a feasible way of doing the interviews.
This post set me thinking about my own, very unorthodox path to where I am now. And all the advice I got on the way, for instance my old professor saying: "Don't bother writing articles, they don't count, write books". Ironically, where I am now, books don't count.
Anyway, I am going to follow Philip and share some experience of getting jobs - in five different countries. Start tomorrow.