Reinveting the Archaeology CV/Resume II

Posted on August 15, 2011


Jennifer Palmer at made this comment about CVs/Resumes.

My own cv is fairly long (I think 13 pages), and I’ve struggled with chopping it down into a condensed resume through the years. I’ve been playing around with one interesting variation which really chops it down to the bone. As an example, many years of employment as a shovelbum at multiple firms might be listed as something along these lines:

1994-2007: Employed as an Archaeological Field Technician, Crew Chief and Field Supervisor at ABC Archaeology Company, Dirty Trowel Associates, Another STP, Inc., Where’s My Per Diem Co., Deep As Satan’s Hellhole Strata, Something in the Water Engineering, Mom and Pop Archaeology, Inc., and Hope I Get Paid On Time Assoc.

The argument could be made that in the short form resume no one cares how many months you worked at a particular company, and at a certain level of experience it’s not necessary to explain all of your skills (unless it’s something more technical or specialized). If you’ve worked for 10 years as a field tech, you should be expected to know how to use a compass, walk a transect and dig holes.

It actually reminds my of how Chris Webster, from Random Acts of Science, does his CV. He has a quick summary of all of his work experience broken down by months.

Chris Webster CV Example

Chris Webster CV Example

As Jennifer says, people probably don’t care to much about how many companies you have worked for. Especially, in CRM were you could be working the same job for 2-3 companies over a week or two.  I also like the easy to read visual of Websters’ CV along with the highlighting the most important certificates he has. In the west of the US being BLM permitted is more important then any other single asset that a archaeologists could have for getting a job in CRM. It is a lot like having a drivers license in the UK.

On a side note, address in a CV/resume- I think it is a waste of space. One, most employers call or email but almost no sends a letter, except a few government agencies letting you know you didn’t get the interview. By then the interview date has already passed and you know you did not get the interview. So do not waste the space on a address instead use it for a personal website where they can find out more about you, but not Facebook. Linkedin or are good profile sites. If a employer really wants a address they will also want a cover letter which has your address on it and makes it redundant anyways. Just my 2 cents. Anyone else have thoughts on CVs/Resumes?