Observations from my evening spent scouring the job listings at Linguist List:
1) What kind of crazy person puts up a job listing specifying that the applicant should be ‘a leading scholar in x tiny subfield of linguistics’? No one is going to apply for that. I looked at it and I was like, oh, clearly they had a specific person in mind here, and it is not me because I’m pretty sure I’m not a leading scholar.
2) This is how linguistics jobs work: there is ONE job for you. One job in your specialty, unless you do TESOL or comp ling/NLP. It could be anywhere in the world, and it could come at any time, and chances are, you’re going to see the perfect job listing three days before the deadline and it won’t matter anyway because they expect you to have your degree in hand already.