Austin, TX: Call for volunteers – SAA Conference Career Center

Job Opening Title: 2019 SAA Career Center Needs Volunteers

Employer Name: Society of American Archivists

Job Location: Austin, TX

Application Deadline: July 8

Link to job posting:

Job Description (if URL to posting not available). Please include instructions for how to apply.: The Career Center is excited to again provide SAA members attending this year’s annual meeting with the opportunity to hone their career development skills and volunteer with SAA. We are offering members two forms of career services: advising sessions to speak with other professionals or mock interviews to get ready for that next big job opportunity! In order to provide career services to SAA members, we are seeking volunteers to serve as Advisors and Mock Interviewers.  This is your chance to be a career coach!

During this year’s SAA Annual Meeting in Austin, TX, the Career Center is open as follows:

Saturday August 3: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Sunday, August 4: 8:30 am – 10:00 am; 10:30 am – 5:30 pm
Monday, August 5: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm

The 2019 career center will offer:

Handouts on resume building and cover letters
Resume review by appointment
General career consulting by experienced SAA members
Posted job announcements
A place to post your resume
Mock interviews
Career Advisors

SAA annual meeting attendees may schedule an appointment in advance for consultation with a career advisor. Career advising offers an opportunity for new professionals to gain advice from more experienced SAA members.  In addition, members seeking to make career changes often seek advising support.

Topics for the in-person career advising sessions are left up to the advisor and advisee, but we recommend communicating in advance of your in-person meeting about subjects to cover in order to get the most out of your time together.

Mock Interviewers

SAA annual meeting attendees may also sign up for mock interviews. We are seeking interviewers who have hiring experience, or would like more interviewing experience, and would be comfortable engaging in mock interviews.

In advance of the in-person meeting at SAA, you should plan to correspond with the member seeking services.  We will ask the Interviewee to introduce themselves to you and provide the job posting they want to ‘interview’ for, along with their resume and cover letter. From that point on, it will be up to both people to correspond in preparation for the mock interview as if this were a real job prospects.

The mock interview time at SAA should focus on asking interview-style questions, followed by the mentor providing the interviewee with feedback regarding the entire process, including professionalism, resume, cover letter, and any other topics that might help the interviewer.

Once we have a list of volunteers for interviewers/advisors, we will be sending out information for those seeking advising or to do mock interviews. Those wanting services will choose someone based on the times and bio information you have provided. You should receive an email confirmation and reminders for the times you have volunteered for.

The deadline to sign up as either a mock interviewer or an advisor is July 8. If you are interested, please sign up using this link: This link will be used to collect information that we need to match you with interviewees/advisees – including your name, bio information, and dates/times you are available to volunteer. If you have any questions, please contact Brittany Newberry at

Thank you, and I hope many of you will consider supporting our profession by volunteering with the Career Center this year at SAA in Austin, TX!


Brittany Newberry

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