Before the Process Begins:
Talk to colleagues at your current employer or institution, especially those who have recently been involved with searches (either as candidates or on committees), to inform yourself about the search process and how it works. If you are looking outside academia, try to get advice from someone who is familiar with the norms and procedures in that field (e.g. museums, contract archaeology, foundations, etc.) and what employers in any field are looking for.
Think seriously about your goals, but be realistic about starting out in a career in archaeology: your first job will very likely not be your last.
While there is a certain rhythm to the academic market, you should be prepared to start looking in the summer before you hope to be employed, and may not get an offer until the following summer. Many jobs are listed in the spring and summer, particularly for one-year jobs in academe.
Non-academic job listings appear throughout the year.
Interviews at the Annual Meeting:
On-Campus or Job-Site Interviews:
You will be one of three to five finalists. The window in which your visit can take place will likely be very small, and may come very soon after the preliminary interview. Be flexible and accommodating as much as possible.
If You Receive an Offer:
NB: This is a basic checklist; take advantage of internet resources to develop a sense of expectations and common experiences. Our own resource page is a place to start.
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