"The system is broken and you can't fail at a broken system": Tips for success on the job market. Day/Time: Thursday, April 16, 2020, April 16, 2020, 8AM - 10AM. Description: The workshop will provide a framework for discussing the realities of the job market, with a panel of speakers to answer general questions, followed by small round-table discussions of specific topics. Organizers: Melanie M. Beasley, Purdue University, ([email protected]); Kevin Hatala, Chatham University, ([email protected]); Kim Congdon, Touro University Nevada, ([email protected]).

Description: ­­­As graduate school nears completion, students finally jump the hurdle of submitting and defending their dissertations, and this step marks the culmination of years of hard work. But is that the last hurdle? No. Next is the more terrifying step of entering the job market, academic or otherwise. At AAPA 2019, we hosted a workshop to discuss the needs of early career members, and those members requested more opportunities for mentorship and advice on preparing for the job market. This workshop is aimed at this identified need. The workshop will provide a framework for discussing the realities of the job market, with a panel of speakers to answer general questions, followed by small round-table discussions of specific topics. Topics that will be covered include: constructing a CV, writing a cover letter, writing research and diversity statements, how to prepare for phone/Skype interviews, tips for on-campus interview success, how to transition from student to professional, and job opportunities outside of academia. Most importantly, this workshop will provide an open discussion about the harsh realities of the job market to prepare people for the variety of paths from PhD student to contingent/temporary positions to tenure-track academic and non-academic jobs. Our generation is told "the job market is bad/tough" but the reality of a tough job market can be shocking if one is not prepared. This workshop will provide a space for early career AAPA members to get tips on how to prepare for navigating a system that has limited options if you desire a traditional tenure-track academic job in an anthropology department. If you feel anxious, nervous, and/or frustrated about the prospects of finding a job that is well-suited for you, then this is the workshop to attend for mentoring, insight, and support.

Audience: Approximately 30% of AAPA members are individuals defined as ‘early career’, having received their PhDs less than 10 years ago. We anticipate that many ‘early career’ and student members would be interested in attending this workshop.

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