Editor’s note: Interns, Contributors, and general FYIs

For the past few days I’ve been going over the pile of resumes we got for the internships we posted. As mentioned prior, we are so thrilled to have received so many CVs from such highly qualified individuals, and, we are very happy to see how much interesting work is happening in the field. I was happy to hear from everyone from undergrads through PhD students around the globe, industry professionals and those who are considering this area of study/work. I am always pleasantly surprised when reminded of how diverse this line of work is. Although a part of me is a smidge disheartened, as a I suspect some of the flood to my in-box means the job market isn’t quite ready to support so many thinkers and do-ers in this area. Well, if we can put a few people to work, even that that means it’s for free (+ a CV line and networking) we’re happy to do so!

For anyone that sent in, I am going to send out yes/no’s later this week. If there isn’t room for you this school year, please consider sending us your info next year and/or as you may be ready to be a contributor and have more time to commit than an internship, I always welcome communication from people interested in being contributors and am constantly in conversations about what new directions the blog can take. If you have a great idea for a regular column, the time to write, the qualifications to support that, we’re more than happy to consider it, especially as other contributors move on to new projects. The blog has a regular team of writers, and people shift in and out every year or two making room for new dedicated individuals. Often our interns become some of the finest contributors as well the following year as they know the ropes.

FYI for sending us resumes for intern/contributor positions in the future….please double check you have spelled my name right and not to be a snob but if you’re going to use a title it’s Dr Sklar not Miss or Ms. in the cover letter. Honestly I’d rather just Monica than the wrong title. Or really, Monica is just fine. Really, I’m not trying to be a jerk, but this is a professional context, regardless of whether the format is a blog….as those of you who have slogged through the grad school process know, a change in title is part of completing that journey.

Also make sure things you send us are accurate, because we check.

Thank you again for considering being part of this team here at Worn Through!

(Photo from a recent moment of relaxation in Hawaii, since some of you think I do nothing but work!!!)

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  • lola June 12, 2012 02.30 pm

    FYI — Ms. is perfectly acceptable, etiquette-wise, in address for a female you don’t know. Dr. is nice but is not required or even expected unless the person knows you & your resume. Using your first name would be impolite & inappropriate to a job application.

  • Monica Sklar June 12, 2012 02.36 pm

    Dr is expected if people know your resume, as you stated, and the appropriate parts of my CV are on multiple places of this site. There is an expectation that those applying for a position familiarize themselves with the job (the site in this case) as well as who they are addressing in the cover letter/recipient of the resume. Again, I am not a total scrooge about this, but it’s worth noting as we take our applicants seriously and assume they take us seriously as well. It is a sign of mutual respect that we carefully go over resumes, and that when sent they have been carefully gone over. I also got some with my name spelled wrong, which is a sign of complete rushing and doesn’t reflect well when bringing someone on to do all-online all copy/research type tasks. Once working together we all go by first names anyway, but I was just pointing out some things that struck me when going through a pile of CVs.

  • lola June 12, 2012 04.29 pm

    Misspellings are always wrong, of course. But it seems like you’re asking for two different things — if people are familiar with the site, then they’ve noticed a rather casual tone in the writing & might assume a rather casual attitude from the people behind the site. Then you request an exceptionally formal greeting that is not used anywhere on the site & complain if people attempt a middle ground that is more reasonable for a job application. Glad I’m not looking for a job here or I’d be a trifle confused, Dr. Sklar.

  • Monica June 12, 2012 06.06 pm

    For a site that has a tagline about academia and a large percentage of our posts historically have been about school, jobs, and life in careers related to academia and museums, it is wholly appropriate on and target to discuss titles. Therefore it is not nowhere else on the site, as you mentioned, as credentials are seen in all of our bios which are located in two places on the site.

    Seems like you also are asking for two things, as you say it’s inappropriate for someone to use a first name when applying for a job, and, then you say that our casual tone merits a causal demeanor from applicants.

    My point is that friendly and casual does not equate a blind acceptance of inaccuracies. Which is why I said in my initial post that I’d rather someone just used my first name (supporting your notion that we are in fact pretty casual), and, if they choose to use a title use the right one. Ms. is not a middle ground alternative to Dr. It serves a different purpose as a title.

    This was only in part about titles anyway, as it was also about misspellings of names and other things, as well as resume inaccuracies, which you acknowledged as not great.

    I do think this conversation is valuable, and part of a healthy dialogue we’ve long had on the site about the varied perspectives on careers within this field, as well as what it is like to be an interviewer or applicant.


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