Twenty Thousand Applicants Under Review

Recently the Society of American Archivist (SAA) Student and New Archives Professionals (SNAP) hosted Q&A on Twitter concerning job hunting. While I missed the conversation (it was probably a good thing because I would have been the biggest Debbie Downer), I read over the responses. In a small and competitive field it is easy to feel like you are the only one dealing with a problem. There is a Facebook page for archivists (and another for librarians) to discuss issues and ask job related questions. Usually, those pages will feature a new student or professional asking for tips on resume or cover letter writing. However, new students and job seekers rarely (if ever) are honest about the difficulties of job hunting. It was really nice to see fellow job seekers have a safe place to talk.

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Year in Review (Part II)

Hello Loneliness

When I was a toddler, I was so bored with my parents that I demanded to my mom “I want friends!”. She immediately enrolled me into daycare. My first summer in Long Island was just like that, except my mom nor my partner could enroll me in daycare. You cannot rely solely on one person for all your needs but I could tell that my lack of friends was putting a lot of pressure on my partner. And while I relied on him for constant company, I was also relying on him to keep me happy and entertained. When he wasn’t around, I was completely alone.

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One Flew Over with Student Loans

I was talking to a student worker of mine yesterday about the choices we make regarding grad school and careers. One of their choices was to work three jobs while in graduate school, one of those jobs being a Resident Assistant, to pay off their room and board. We talked about the coveted Graduate Assistant positions that pay off tuition and how rare they are to come by. I shared my story of almost landing and losing a Graduate Assistant position about four years ago.

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