Topic ID #35193 - posted 3/8/2015 10:02 AM

How should I refresh myself while I'm on the hunt for CRM jobs?



Finch

Hello, so I graduated from college about a year ago now and I've been on the job hunt on and off ever since. At this point I feel like i'm getting a little Rusty. I was wondering If anyone had any advice on what I could do to keep myself fresh for when I do eventually get a job.

Any Advice would be much appreciated!




Post ID#20641 - replied 3/10/2015 1:21 AM



Jennifer Palmer

Webmaster
I would think about volunteering if you are able to pull it off. Check out local and state archaeological societies, schools, museums and nonprofits, and state and governmental agencies. Volunteer.gov and passportintime.com are a good start for the latter. I would also recommend contacting a park/forest/entity in your area directly, as sometimes an interested (and especially experienced/educated) potential volunteer can create their own opportunity. You will make new contacts (in this field it's all about the networking!), gain some additional experience (perhaps in an area you are otherwise lacking in), and there's always the possibility it may lead to an employment opportunity down the road. I have been offered several positions as as a direct result of volunteering.

Hope this helps. Good luck to you!

Jennifer

Post ID#20647 - replied 3/26/2015 4:38 PM



Digger Michele

I decided to log on to Archfieldwork to let folks who are looking for work, or doing shovelbum work, know, from where I sit (finally in my own office, doing archaeology full time!) that being a team player, working hard and willing to go anywhere and dig almost anything will get you there, to the interview.  But what they're looking for, more than knowing how to dig a perfect shovel test or draw a site plan is how to write a report- so my advice is practice writing.  Write a summary of a good book you just read.  Read the old textbooks you skimmed over before, learn more about the areas you dream about working in, and the areas for which you keep seeing job listings pop up.  For each region you're serious about, write a background summary of the culture, site and artifact types, what additional information might lead us to a better understanding of that culture, and what aspects of that culture are relatively unknown?  This is advice I wish I had be give prior to getting this job.  So how did I get it, without all that prep?  I was easy to work with, easy to get along with, and though I didn't let people walk all over me, I also didn't try to get over on anyone. Claiming more hours than you're actually working, more holes than you're actually digging, or more per diem than you're entitled to can burn that bridge you might want to cross later in life.  
So keep your head up, get those short shovelbum jobs, remember how to use a line level, graph paper, play with geocaching and marking waypoints on a handheld GPS, take a GIS course, present a poster or paper to a local archaeology club, and sooner or later you'll get your chance, and you'll be ready for it!  
Good luck to all my fellow shovelbums out there, smile and stay dirty!

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