Finding a job in archaeology can be tough. Because there are so few of us, CRM archaeology is a tightly knit field where, in order to find a job, you have to know something, know how to network, and know how to advertise yourself. As Doug of Doug’s Archaeology wrote about pay conditions for archaeologists, the outlook isn’t too rosy for folks with less than 10 years experience and a graduate degree (check out is seminal series on The Economics of Archaeology, Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3). After all, archaeological technicians are working against people that will do our job their free. Crew chiefs are battling against economic conditions and up-and-coming techs. PIs and field directors are in a pinch between the clients, the regulatory climate, and the economy.
As the old African saying goes, “Whether you’re a lion or a gazelle, when the sun comes up, you’d better start running.”
In the modern economy, everything is in flux. We should all be thinking about our careers and paying attention to where the next paycheck is coming from. Here are some useful tips on a successful archaeology, historic preservation, or heritage conservation job search:
Job Search Nitty-Gritty
You may know all the nuances of Mimbres pottery decoration types, but did you ever learn how to go about finding a job in archaeology, historic preservation, or heritage conservation? Here’s the beginning of a series that breaks down how I’ve helped dozens of folks land decent jobs in archaeology:
Crafting a sweet résumé is an excellent personal advertisement. Here are a bunch of résumé-writing tips that can help you get results:
Want to sound good in an interview even though you don’t have much experience? Do you have experience, but want to see how other people do their jobs successfully? Here’s some information on how you can do certain aspects of your job better:
Think of this list as a starting point for your job search or a way to keep current with what the other folks in our industry are doing. You should also check the wealth of information on archaeology job searching at www.archaeologyfieldwork.com
Or, contact me if you have any questions (firstname.lastname@example.org). Good luck and happy hunting.
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