Greetings—and welcome to the SAA Virtual Career Center!
If you are looking for a job, have a vacancy to fill, or would like to polish your résumé or interviewing skills with a peer advisor, you’re in the right spot! This is the first virtual Career Center hosted by the Society of American Archivists—and we aim to provide services and resources similar to the physical Career Center.
Hosted by SAA’s Membership Committee, the Career Center provides services and opportunities for job seekers and employers.
On this page, you’ll find information on what services and resources we’re offering during the 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting, dates and times for the Center, how to sign up for services, what to expect after you sign up, links to resources, and mentoring information.
Services Résumé review by appointment General career consulting by experienced SAA members Mock interviews
Dates and Times (all times Central Daylight Time) Wednesday, August 5: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm (advising sessions); 5:00 to 9:00 pm (mock interviews) Thursday, August 6: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm (mock interviews); 5:00 to 9:00 pm (advising sessions) Friday, August 7: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm (advising sessions); 5:00 to 9:00 pm (mock interviews) Saturday, August 8: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm (advising sessions and mock interviews)
Scheduling Individuals can sign up for advising sessions and/or mock interviews. We are also asking that experienced archives professionals volunteer to be advisors and/or mock interviewers. Additionally, we are looking for greeters to offer technical support during the sessions. Information on how to sign up for each option will also be sent via SAA Connect. Below are instructions on how to sign up for the various services, as well as video tutorials.
We ask that those wishing to volunteer to be an advisor and/or mock interviewer sign up by July 17. Information on how to sign up for services and to be a greeter will be sent out after the deadline for volunteers.
Unfortunately we will not be accepting walk-ins for services this year. We ask that everyone sign up by the deadlines given. If you were unable to sign up or did not see the information in time to sign up by the deadline, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to Sign Up Volunteers: Individuals may sign up for sessions using Signup.com. Each session is for 30 minutes. Volunteers can sign up for as many sessions as they like. The deadline to sign up as either a mock interviewer and/or an advisor is July 17. If you are interested, please sign up using this link: https://signup.com/Group/476997725750730085/ . This link will be used to collect information, including your name, brief bios, dates/times you are available, and preferred method of communication (phone or video).
Services: Individuals will sign up for sessions using Signup.com. Each session is for 30 minutes. You can sign up for an advising session and/or mock interview with an experienced professional. The deadline to sign up for either is August 3. If you are interested, please sign up using this link: https://signup.com/go/WYNxJGt. Through this link, you can see available days and times, as well as brief bios of volunteers.
Greeters: Greeters will act as technical support for each session using Slack for chat. Those in video sessions will reach out if they have issues with the technology and/or questions about the session. Greeters will monitor the chat for 1-hour sessions. Information and resources for support during sessions will be sent to all greeters before the start of the Career Center. If you are interested in being a Greeter, sign up using this link: https://signup.com/go/SEhiUip.
After Signing Up After sign ups have been completed, you will receive an email confirmation from signup.com for the day(s)/time(s) you signed up for. The day prior to your session(s), you will receive an email reminder from signup.com. Additionally, on that day you will receive connection information from the Career Development Subcommittee email at email@example.com. For video sessions, you will receive information on the date and time of the session, which will include a link for a Zoom meeting and a Google calendar invite. For phone calls, you will receive information on who will call and the date and time for the session. Everyone will receive information on who to contact if they have questions and/or issues during their session.
Job Resources Looking for free resources on constructing a résumé, writing a cover letter, or other career-related topics? If so, click on the link provided, which will take you to a page with reference copies to download.
Additional Resources The SAA Mentoring Program brings together members with shared interests in various aspects of the archives profession. Mentoring is not only for students and new professionals (although students and new professionals can certainly get a lot out of it!) — it’s for anyone, at any stage of their career, who might want to work on aspects of their career development or gain professional insight from a colleague in a structured mentoring relationship. The SAA Mentoring Program Subcommittee matches participants. The participating individuals determine their expectations and how to best structure their relationship. SAA encourages participants to stay involved for at least one year, although participants may certainly extend this relationship as desired. See the mentoring website for more information: https://www2.archivists.org/membership/mentoring