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AAA Mourns Loss of Richard Thomas, Member Services Manager

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Richard Thomas, 1950-2014

We are sad to report that Richard Thomas, AAA Membership Manager, passed away Tuesday April 1, 2014. Richard served as our membership manager for 14 years, since joining AAA staff on March 31, 2000. He was 63.

Richard was the face of our Annual Meeting Career Center (previously named the Placement Center) for employers and job candidates. He developed the AAA online Career Center that is a valuable resource of anthropology job ads for both employers and job seekers. His work on the career center was something he was proud of and enjoyed doing.

Richard also was instrumental in streamlining the Membership Services Department over the years as we moved along with the rest of the world from the heavily paper driven processes to the cloud.

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Richard and the “Leave your Mark. Major in anthropology” poster at the 2011 Annual Meeting.

Richard was the voice of calm during our annual mayhem of the Annual Meeting abstract submission deadline, with around 5,000 individuals submitting papers and sessions, many during the last 48 hours before the deadline. He spent hours on the phone helping members, and always with a smile. One staff remarked about his having “the patience of Job” one year just before deadline when he fielded call after call needing assistance to register or help putting an abstract into the system. Richard whispered, “They’re all my best friends.”

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Richard working at the Annual Meeting Career Center in 2012 in San Francisco.

Richard was particularly proud of his “Save the Dates” reminder postcards for our annual meeting and the “Leave your mark. Major in Anthropology” footprint poster distributed to anthropology departments far and wide.

Richard also worked with numerous committees and groups. At various times over the years he staffed the Association Operations Committee, the Committee for Human Rights, the Student Assembly and most recently the Education Task Force. He was also involved with the formalization of AAA interest groups.

Richard graduated  from Brigham Young University summa cum laude with a BA in history. Prior to working for AAA he worked at the National Society of Professional Engineers and the Nature Conservancy. Richard had a love for the west coast and talked often of returning to California for his golden years.

Richard is survived by a partner of 36 years and two sisters. He will be remembered fondly by staff for his love of history and dry wit.

Looking for a Job?

Build your job seeker profile at the AAA Career Center.

Career CenterWith more optimal mobile viewing experience, recently formatted job seeker pages, simplified navigation, and prominent placement of valuable content. Here is a brief overview of the enhancements we have implemented to offer a more cohesive look and improve the job seeker experience:

  • UPGRADED JOB SEEKER DETAIL PAGES A contemporary layout and better organized content gives candidates an immediate snapshot of AAA’s entire suite of career services. Career resources, association news and fresh content are embedded within every job seeker page to make it easier to find the information you need.
  • NEW CAREER CENTER LANDING PAGE
    In keeping with industry standards, the main job seeker page will function as the initial starting point of the AAA Career Center. All job seeker components will now have better placement within the new landing page and eliminate the number of clicks that you need to take in order to access important information.
  • RESPONSIVE DESIGN ELEMENTS
    By incorporating Responsive Design elements into the newly upgraded job seeker pages, the AAA Career Center enhances your viewing experience by automatically shifting and resizing the career center pages based on the type and orientation of the mobile device that you are using.

The AAA Career Center enhancements are designed to make your experience better than ever! We will continue to work hard to bring you the most comprehensive employment resource for professionals in Anthropology. Check out the latest enhancements by visiting the AAA Career Center today!

Attention Job Seekers: The AAA Career Center Has A Brand New Look!

In keeping with our commitment to helping you make the most of your job search, AAA is pleased to inform you of the exciting new changes to its Career Center.

Career CenterOur May 29th release consists of a more optimal mobile viewing experience, newly formatted job seeker pages, simplified navigation, and prominent placement of valuable content. Here is a brief overview of the enhancements we have implemented to offer a more cohesive look and improve the job seeker experience:

  • UPGRADED JOB SEEKER DETAIL PAGES A contemporary layout and better organized content gives candidates an immediate snapshot of AAA’s entire suite of career services. Career resources, association news and fresh content are embedded within every job seeker page to make it easier to find the information you need.
  • NEW CAREER CENTER LANDING PAGE
    In keeping with industry standards, the main job seeker page will function as the initial starting point of the AAA Career Center. All job seeker components will now have better placement within the new landing page and eliminate the number of clicks that you need to take in order to access important information.
  • RESPONSIVE DESIGN ELEMENTS
    By incorporating Responsive Design elements into the newly upgraded job seeker pages, the AAA Career Center enhances your viewing experience by automatically shifting and resizing the career center pages based on the type and orientation of the mobile device that you are using.

The new AAA Career Center enhancements are designed to make your experience better than ever! We will continue to work hard to bring you the most comprehensive employment resource for professionals in Anthropology. Check out the latest enhancements by visiting the AAA Career Center today!

Seeking a job? The AAA Career Center can help.

Did you know that from August 2011 to August 2012, each job listed on the AAA Career Center job board was viewed, on average, 1,564 times. Some jobs were viewed as many as 7,546 times.

Photo Courtesy Dan Iggers

Job seekers can set up email alerts so that when a new position is listed with the AAA Career Center, the listing will arrive directly their inbox. This past year, the AAA Career Center pro-active email system sent each job post to more than 160 job seekers. On average, each listing sent is forwarded on to 17 friends.

AAA Career Center users can keep a well presented portfolio and an organized job search with the following tools that the Career Center offers:

  • Professional Profile – Helps job seekers showcase their professional experiences to employers with cutting-edge online profiles.
  • Resume Builder – Improves the efficiency of the resume creation process, giving job seekers the means to upload their resume from a desktop publishing program such as Microsoft Word.
  • Document Search – Expands candidates’ exposure, increasing their chances to be included in an employer’s search. Job seekers create a portfolio of up to 5 (increased from 3) documents and now these documents can be made searchable in the resume database.
  • Job Application Preview – Gives job seekers more control over online applications with the ability to see everything exactly as an employer will before submitting.

Sign up or log-in today to the AAA Career Center.

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