What Can I Put on My Resume? Anthropology Edition

By: Meg

As an Anthropology major, there are plenty of places to go with my major. I could go into the field, or work in marketing, or social services, or anything that peaks my interest. Anthropology really teaches an out-of-the-box way of thinking, which is appreciated everywhere.

Since we’ve learned so much in our major, we need to be able to quantify it on our resume. Don’t sell yourself short! If you’re working in the field, you might want to talk to a career counselor or your advisor to write a CV that will fit your needs.

Skills and Projects
Anthropology students do a lot of research. That will be used almost anywhere you go to work after school. So make sure to emphasize it. If you take a research methods class, you can have a section for all the methods you’ve used (interviewing and coding, Photovoice, content analysis, survey, etc.)

You can have a section for projects, where any completed research (qualitative or quantitative) can be showcased. If you have a research paper you’re proud of, list it. If you have any publications, those can be listed with other projects, or a separate section.

Having experience in another language is useful for most fields, but it’s definitely a selling point for Anthropology.

If you know another language at conversational or above, you can put it on your resume, either in a section on its own or under “Skills.” I have ASL (American Sign Language) and IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) on mine.

Anth Resume

Teaching Assistantship
Teaching is a great skill to have, and it shows that you knew the subject material well enough to teach it to others. A teaching assistantship gives you the opportunity to know the department better, you can present to the class, and the organization required is nothing to sneeze at.

List this under experience, quantify everything you do (spent 5 hours developing presentation on x, presented 20 minutes to 140 students), and make sure to show any new skills and accomplishments.

Field School
If you’re planning to go into Archaeology, field school is a must. If you’re going into Anthropology, it’s still really useful. If you’re working outside of the field, it’s actually a super wonderful opportunity that you should take advantage of.

You learn so many new skills, spend time using them, and spend a lot of time with people who are working in the field. Document everything you do, and emphasize it on your resume.

Community Service/Volunteering
Any service work you do shows community engagement, so be sure to put it on your CV, and put it on your resume as often as you can. If you would like to work in a certain community, make sure to get plenty of experience that applies there. For example, if you want to work with Latino immigrant populations, learning Spanish and volunteering at a Spanish speaking community program would be beneficial.

You can have a Community Service section if you have a few different experiences, or you can list it under Activities or Experience.

If you’ve written or co-written grants, even to get donations for your student group, you should definitely discuss that. Grant work is hard, and nonprofits and research institutions write them all the time. Any experience you have would be welcome.

If your grant was done within one of your Experience positions, you can list it as a bullet point such as: “wrote grant proposal, including statement of need, and received $1,000 to purchase equipment for developing a sustainable herb garden to donate to CHUM.”

Remember, your resume isn’t just for listing jobs. You want it to be an accurate representation of what you have to offer. Your skills, experiences, and the causes you believe in should be on the paper as much as they can be. You’re a whole, well-rounded person, and your resume should reflect that. If you have any questions as to what should be on your resume, stop in for our Resume Drop-In hours Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 2-4 pm in SCC22.

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