Surviving and thriving and getting that professional archives position.

Welcome. If you're here, you're probably wondering how to get some job--maybe the perfect professional archives position or maybe just something you can use as a springboard--and you're seeking advice on how to do that. From searching for advertisements to writing a resume or cover letter to making it through the interview. And hopefully even beyond.

No guarantees, you probably already know a lot of this, but maybe some help from a lot of people who want to make sure that good candidates get good jobs. If you've got better advice? or need further explanation? Please share in the comments.

Job hunting workshop

MARAC is sponsoring a two-day workshop on job-hunting and interviewing skills on May 9-10, 2012, taught by yours truly! For both new archivists entering the job market and for those who want to brush up on their skills. Go to the MARAC website to register for it.

In Washington, DC, exact location tba.
  • Workshop registration cost coming soon!
  • Eligible for 10 archival recertification credits
  • Space for 30 attendees
Once you have registered:
Please submit two documents to Arlene Schmuland at by April 30, 2012. Be sure to put MARAC workshop in the subject line. These documents are:
  • Your master CV/resume
  • A job ad for which you'd like to apply--can be current or a past ad you've seen (you can also submit more than one)
Other details:

In the spirit of making this as green as possible, there will be no paper handouts. Please bring a netbook/laptop/similar loaded with your CV. If you don't have the ability to bring a laptop, please bring 2 to 3 paper copies of your CV as well as a stack of writing paper and pens/pencils and at least 1 highlighter. Consider bringing a thumb drive for sharing documents as well.

Peer-to-peer evaluation is a significant component of this workshop: please only bring application materials that you are willing to share.

The workshop has been approved for 10 recertification credits by the Academy of Certified Archivists.