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Susan Kistler on Tools to Help in Your Evaluation Job Search

I’m Susan Kistler and I am the American Evaluation Association’s Executive Director and aea365’s regular Saturday contributor. Spring has finally sprung in North American – I’m once again awakened by the birds in the morning and shuttling around between crew, track, and softball – the spring sports for my small family.

For many, spring will bring with it graduation and job hunting – or maybe you just have spring fever and are considering a change in position. I wanted to make sure that you know of four tools to help in your job search:

Hot Tip –  Join  AEA’s LinkedIn group: It is free, you don’t need to be an AEA member, and you can search the group’s members to find others with common interests. Reach out to them and ask about their work experience and how they got started or got promoted. The LinkedIn group always has a number of ongoing discussions and right now there is a one on Questions for Self Employed Evaluators that may be of particular interest.

Hot Tip – Sign up for Email Alerts for New Evaluation Jobs and RFP Postings: New jobs and Requests for Proposals are added to AEA’s online career center almost daily – there were 10 new jobs added last week alone. If you sign up for free email alerts, we’ll send you one each day that new listings are added and you can click back to the career center to get details on any that interest you.

Hot Tip – Check out the searchable online evaluation jobs and rfps database

Hot Tip – Post your resume in AEA’s online Career Center: Yes! You may post your resume for free, as long as you are seeking positions in the evaluation field, even if you aren’t an AEA member. If you are a member, we’ll be sure to indicate the commitment shown to your professional practice via an AEA member logo icon next to your resume listing.

Hot Tip –  Join  AEA’s LinkedIn group: It is free, you don’t need to be an AEA member, and you can search the group’s members to find others with common interests. Reach out to them and ask about their work experience and how they got started or got promoted. The LinkedIn group always has a number of ongoing discussions and right now there is a one on Questions for Self Employed Evaluators that may be of particular interest.

Do you have questions, concerns, kudos, or content to extend this aea365 contribution? Please add them in the comments section for this post on the aea365 webpage so that we may enrich our community of practice. Would you like to submit an aea365 Tip? Please send a note of interest to aea365@eval.org . aea365 is sponsored by the American Evaluation Association and provides a Tip-a-Day by and for evaluators.

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  • Kim Burtnyk · April 7, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    I’ve done this for nearly 2 years since getting laid off and still haven’t found a job in the field. So many of the jobs on the jobs listings require PhDs…and lowly me only has a Master’s degree and over 10 years of experience, which apparently doesn’t count for ANYTHING. Of the dozen or more jobs I’ve applied for that were posted on AEA’s site, I’ve never heard a PEEP from any of them. Getting a job in Evaluation is nearly impossible right now. Sorry. I’m living proof.

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