current archaeology job prospects - improving?
I'm trying to gauge if things are looking up compared to the last year or two in CRM. There are claims that the economy is starting to shape up but some people I know have been having trouble finding work for the first time in their careers. Would love to hear your feedback.
--I will also share a bit of advice I just posted for someone on Google+ (and I know I've written here before). If you are looking for work, don't limit yourself to only responding to posted positions here, on Shovelbums, and other places where they may be advertised. More jobs are obtained through networking than other means. I've gotten a lot of work through the years just by asking my friends who they knew of that had projects on the horizon.
Also, don't be afraid to send your resume to companies that are not actively advertising work. There are some firms that never seem to post adverts. Many of them might only have to fill one or two positions and don't want to go through the hassle of responding to hundreds of resumes or phone calls. Be very clear about your availability and travel restrictions in your cover letter.
Post ID#19597 - replied 5/20/2012 6:10 PM
Post ID#19598 - replied 5/20/2012 6:48 PM
Hopefully this will lead to more gov. opportunities. I sent my resume to about 10 or so places starting in January and not a one contacted me back.
Post ID#19600 - replied 5/21/2012 5:14 AM
Post ID#19608 - replied 5/26/2012 10:32 PM
Post ID#19614 - replied 5/31/2012 3:53 PM
Post ID#19617 - replied 6/4/2012 12:50 PM
Post ID#19624 - replied 6/11/2012 7:23 PM
I am happy to say that the new federal job I recently accepted, I found on none other than archaeologyfieldwork.com, so I would like to give a very special thanks to Jennifer and the AFW community.
Best of Luck to everyone who is looking!
Post ID#19625 - replied 6/12/2012 2:12 AM
Post ID#19626 - replied 6/13/2012 8:21 AM
I have been shopping myself around to a wide variety of government agencies and non-profit organizations, but no takers. I get a lot of "you were qualified, but didn't make the final list" responses.
I'm still hopeful that the economy will pick up enough that there's a bit of loosening on the purse strings for in-kind grants, with the match coming from non-profits/private citizens, to fund research at one of the sites that was included in my thesis.
Post ID#19627 - replied 6/15/2012 1:51 AM
Post ID#19628 - replied 6/15/2012 12:05 PM
Of course, I haven't been able to get in with any of the federal agencies, so you might want to take my opinion with a grain of sandy loam. Just as a general reference, my BA was in anthropology, my MA was in applied anthropology (public archaeology track), I did my field school as an undergraduate (4 cr. field/2 cr. lab), and spent two years working for a county government at a well-known type site (even if it did end up being rather peripheral to the culture area).
Post ID#19630 - replied 6/17/2012 10:19 AM
I basically end up applying for just about every Arch job I see on USAJobs. I did have two applications out for the BLM (which is a blanket-type application that gets sent all over the place, depending on where you check that you'd be willing to work) and I received several "referred to selecting official" notices and a few calls after I'd already accepted my current position. I had one call from a CRM firm that has my name on their list, but this was also after I'd accepted my current position.
So despite budget-cuts and everything else I have managed to do alright - though I suspect in the winter - like many others - I'll be waiting tables again. I will say that the CRM firms who have called me in the past only have my name because I called them first when they were not advertising any positions. I just called and asked to be considered for upcoming work - and all they seemed concerned with was that I had a BA and a field school.
Long winded post.. but hopefully this may help some.
Post ID#19653 - replied 6/23/2012 4:54 PM
I've heard a lot of folks in the federal government talking about budget cuts to cultural resources. It would be interesting to see the comparative job data. Here on the website it seems that I've been posting fewer lower grade positions than in years past.
Post ID#19670 - replied 6/29/2012 1:56 AM
Post ID#19709 - replied 8/1/2012 8:42 PM
Post ID#19723 - replied 8/6/2012 5:56 AM
The bottom line, if you are really serious about making archaeology a career is to NEVER GIVE UP. It's an odd field, driven by economics and politics, with actions taken that we are never aware of that have major effects sometimes months, or even years later.There were times when I was shovelbumming that the time between projects went on for months and I cleaned swimming pools and mowed lawns to make ends meet. BE FLEXIBLE. BE WILLING TO MOVE. Also, be willing to take a few more courses, including a field school if you don't have one, to fill gaps that will make you a more marketable entity. Eventually, things will begin to even out, and many folks have actually made a good, comfortable life for themselves "doing archaeology." But let me repeat: NEVER GIVE UP!
Post ID#19734 - replied 8/17/2012 10:30 AM
In our neck of the woods, it seems like natural gas and wind are leading the way but these kinds of projects just aren't bringing in the money or the quantity/quality of jobs that we saw from early 90's through the beginning of the recession.
It's definitely a different world from the Caesars-era, which seems like a lifetime ago.