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Not a lot going on. I've been working on my Practicum log/notebook, and have settled on a system for getting the pictures a consistent size, at least. I'm not entirely happy with it, since I have the main text and pictures on separate pages instead of integrated, but really? Screw it. All I am really required to do is keep a log of what I do, and the pics are purely my own elaboration. Technically, I suspect that the log would only have to be "Jan 10: Spine repair" instead of a step-by-step description, never mind the pictures. It's cool, though. A lot of the pictures are UNC-specific, showing things like the cubbyholes with pre-cut strips used for spine lining. That's not a lot of use if what you're looking for is a how-to-manual, although the pics are mostly how-to. Anyway, I have the text entry almost up-to-date; I'm only about a day behind there. The pics are a bit further behind than that, but now that I've figured out the simple way to do it, it'll go a lot faster.

I called Mother last night. She called one day last week and was just really depressed, so I thought it'd be good to check in again. She was in much better spirits this time. I asked about Daddy's mental acuteness, and first she said he was great. Fine. Completely back to normal. Later, though, she dropped her voice dramatically and said "He's asleep now. He's not completely back yet." The thing that's really scary about that is that he drove her to the doctor last week, and is going to drive her again today. I nearly had a heart attack until I clarified that the doctor is in Richmond, not Lexington, which is about 30-45 minutes away on the interstate. Richmond is a small town, and from where they live to where the main doctor's park is located is 10-15 minutes max, at 35 mph speeds. I know that doesn't exactly equal complete safety, but it beats the hell out of 45 minutes at interstate speeds.

I'm a little stumped over a how-to sort of problem. There is a TV and a pie safe in Barbourville that have my name on them, but they are 400 miles away, and I don't have a van or truck. The TV would possibly fit in my car, but even that's not a sure thing. The pie safe, though, defintely won't fit, since it is 6' tall and maybe 30" wide, and does not disassemble. In addition to the vehicle space required to move them, there's also the issue of needing a hand getting them loaded, since Mother and Daddy are 86 and 87, and Daddy's on a walker. Granted, I could easily manage to live the rest of my life without these things, but on the other hand, it'd be nice to have them. Mother would also like me to come visit next month during spring break. If I'm just going up to visit, she's hoping I'll stay a week, presumably, though I'm thinking I'd skimp on that a bit. It's a day-long drive each way, so I can't cut it back too much or I spend as much time driving as visiting. If I manage to borrow a vehicle and possibly an extra set of arms, the length of the visit would definitely be more limited, which isn't a particularly bad thing.

The other how-to issue is not as much a practical issue as a style thing. I'm debating how to approach the Greensboro company that does book repair and conservation. Do I take the standard approach and send a resume? That leaves out so much information that seems to be directly applicable. This is the first time I ever felt like a cover letter would actually add something helpful-- I could note that every one of my jobs has involved detailed work, all of it involving fine motor skills. (Well, except the last job, and we see where THAT one got me.) And I could put in the scribing stuff, since that's also fine detail work; and on things that were scanned for production, I've also played with cleaning stuff up digitally. And of course, there's the Practicum in the Book Repair workshop, which isn't a real job either, and so wouldn't show up on a standard resume. All of these things fit beautifully into their work. The "cover letter" in this case actually seems more useful than the resume, so could I just write a letter for "informational" purposes and not send a resume? If they're interested, the resume is no problem.

Guess it's time to get back to work on the log. Wellll.... maybe after I throw together a soup in the slow cooker. Heh. I can be a SUCH a master procrastinator.

Date: 2007-02-16 04:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zihuatanejo.livejournal.com
Volunteer work and practicums DEFINITELY have a place on your resume. DO put them in!

I was told this in a job interview at State... they were shocked when I told them about some volunteer experience I had, and said, "You REALLY need to put that on your resume, it doesn't matter whether or not you got paid, it is still relevant work experience."

Date: 2007-02-16 04:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] luciab.livejournal.com
How do you work that in? Guess I'd better be looking at some resume stuff online. Eeek.

Date: 2007-02-16 04:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zihuatanejo.livejournal.com
I'll send you mine when I get home.

Don't stress. It's very, very easy.

Date: 2007-02-16 05:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] luciab.livejournal.com
I think a lot of my uncertainty is that I'll be sending them stuff cold-- I don't know that they have any openings or anything. Geez, it's been a long time since I've done this kind of stuff.

Date: 2007-02-16 05:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] syaldia.livejournal.com
That's what the cover letter would be for, then, definitely. Though you may want to get into contact with someone there first - then you have a specific person to send things to, and not a group of people who sort through the mail going "eh, what's this? how am I supposed to know who to give it to?" Even if they aren't hiring at the moment, or didn't know they were hiring until they had such as awesome person want to be there, it would be networking! And apparently, networking = greatness.

Mind you, this all comes from someone who has worked a handful of jobs and isn't all that great at getting them. But I went to career services, and sat through some of their lectures...

Date: 2007-02-16 04:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] intrepida.livejournal.com
I know conservation grad programs require a portfolio, as part of the application. This may be a good opportunity to include one. A few days of the practicum log, some samples of C&I, and architecture stuff. So they have proof of the manual dexterity and fine detail skills.

Date: 2007-02-16 05:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] luciab.livejournal.com
Good idea. Wow. I had wondered if there was a way to sneak in some C&I, or at least some I. Heh.

Date: 2007-02-16 05:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] syaldia.livejournal.com
I agree with what Jenny and Betsy have said.

When you fill out an application, there's always a place for relevant coursework/other experience, or various other ways of phrasing 'anything else you've done that you think we should know.' Resumes are similar, except you have to come up with your own title for the text chunk. I was taught that resumes are experience specific (so I have two resumes, same stuff, but different format depending on what I want the focus to be), cover letters are specific to the company/position you want. And *definitely* include a portfolio for this type of thing. It's art! Anything art needs a portfolio! :D


Date: 2007-02-16 05:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] luciab.livejournal.com
I know there are also ways of putting together a resume that are helpful at disguising out-of-work periods, like when one is on disability. Chronological isn't always best. I just need to get the book, I think.

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