Message #149: From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG To: "'Matthias Giessler'" Subject: Q & A on SW Archaeology Jobs Date: Thu, 16 May 96 08:29:00 MST Encoding: 34 TEXT Q: I am a recent graduate in archaeology at Kent State University. I am searching for a job in the southwest and wondered if you had any pointers. I have plenty of resumes to send out so if you know someone I could send one to it would be much appreciated if you helped out. When my hmepage gets done I will also have a resume on-line. Thanks. John G Bender E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. URL: http://w3.gwis.com/~gbender/ / http://phoenix.kent.edu/~anthro A: Subject: Re: jobs in southwest -- I recommend you go to the SWA E-mail list at http://www.swanet.org/email.html. There you can find names and e-mail addresses of Southwestern Archaeologists. For NM, I recommend you ask the advice of David Phillips or Lynne Sebastian. For AZ, look at firms with AZ State Museum permits http://www.swanet.org/asm.html. There are additional links to archaeologits on the SWA 'Contact an Archaeologist' page, and throughout the SWA web site. Before you send resumes cold, contact individuals and focus on research topics and skill needs. You might ask firms which field or analytical skills they most need, which skills are in short supply, then target those needs. Many cold-call resumes get thrown in the trash, so mass mailings can be a waste of time. Most jobs in archaeology come from establishing personal relationships and a record of substantive work using applied skill sets. If you get to the Southwest, join as many professional and avocational societies as possible, read all their newsletters, and attend the meetings. If you havent done a lot of public speaking, get training, learn how to speak persuasively and practice those skills with a knockout presentation; archaeology advances with persuasion (oral and written). Write short research pieces for publication and submit them to research journals (or places like the SWA web page); written work provides name recognition. My opinion is that many firms could use archaeologists, whom in addition to having archaeological field skills, also know HTML and statistical analyses, and have some computer programming and configuration skills. These skills get you in the door of the lab; pretty soon youll be in the field. Brian Kenny http://www.swanet.org/bkenny.html.