[Coral-List] re: job listings and resumes

Szmant, Alina szmanta at uncw.edu
Mon Dec 12 23:06:49 EST 2005

Hi All:
I disagree with the idea that Coral-List be the answer to everybody's communication needs about everything.  For one, it's too much to expect Jim to handle emails from the several hundred thousand people around the world that are looking for jobs and internships in coral reef science or management and who want to advertize their skills on the list.  Secondly, the list has a purpose which is clearly described on the NOAA Coral Home Page, and it's not to help people find jobs.  I would hate to see Coral-List deteriorate to become so overwhelmed with non-relevant messages to the list's mission.  Yes, students need to learn how to write CVs but this is NOT the place to do that.  I suggest that more people join ISRS and that a Job Search section be added to the ISRS web page.  Many other scientific societies do that.  A big problem is that too few people in the coral reef community support ISRS with their membership fees so the society may not have the resources to handle activities such as this proposed one.
As Coral-List has become better known, people have, in my opinion, increasingly abused the intent of the list to the point where Jim or one of his staff now has to check every message for appropriateness.  I suggest that if there are so many folks intrested in job opportunities and CV content that they take the time and effort to organize new lists for folks who want to subscribe to a list that does that.  I would hate to drop my subscription to Coral-List because the important content is watered down with so many non-relevant messages.  Having the delete key is not enough.
Alina Szmant
Dr. Alina M. Szmant
Coral Reef Research Group
UNCW-Center for Marine Science 
5600 Marvin K. Moss Ln
Wilmington NC 28409
Tel: (910)962-2362 & Fax:  (910)962-2410
Cell:  (910)200-3913
email:  szmanta at uncw.edu
Web Page:  http://people.uncw.edu/szmanta


From: coral-list-bounces at coral.aoml.noaa.gov on behalf of divergurl101
Sent: Mon 12/12/2005 7:42 AM
To: coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov
Subject: RE: [Coral-List] re: job listings and resumes

I must also agree with keeping the resume postings.  Reading other's CV's
and resumes has served many undergrads an education about how to write them.

Most people on the list don't even realize what kind of "real world"
education they are providing.  I have been a member on this list since
before I started at my university and I cannot possibly stress to you all
how integral this list has been in supplementing my education.  I have had
many "ah-ha!" moments pertaining to this list and the people here in the
last year since I have been back in school.

Please keep the CV's and resumes coming.  Just as others have stated, it is
good to know what skills others have.  There may be an undergrad out there
that may not know about all of the opportunities that are out there waiting
for him/her.  CV's and resumes help all of us.  Further, you never know if
there is another person out there, lurking, who is struggling with the
decision to go back to school at all.  The camaraderie found here may help
someone else with that decision.

Thank you Coral-list.  For all that you have done and are presently doing.

Trish Hunt
(still a) Student

"I happen to believe in science.  Science is my friend.  Science doesn't let
me down."


-----Original Message-----
From: coral-list-bounces at coral.aoml.noaa.gov
[mailto:coral-list-bounces at coral.aoml.noaa.gov] On Behalf Of steve tooze
Sent: Monday, December 12, 2005 5:32 AM
To: coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov
Subject: [Coral-List] re: job listings and resumes

Dear Jim

I think it would be a shame to bar people from posting resumes on the site.
I did it myself about two months ago and was astonished and actually quite
moved by the stream of positive suggestions, offers and messages of support
that I received from Coral Listers all over the world. One reply finally led

via a meeting with a great group of people in the Dutch Antilles to a
fantastic work opportunity that I'll be taking up in January.
As an outsider and newcomer, I was struck by the sense of camaraderie and
support I encountered. Very different from the fear, loathing and rabid
competitiveness of many other professions. I think that's something to be
encouraged, not curtailed. After all, no-one is obliged to read a resume
listing - and I personally find it fascinating and useful to know who's out
there, with what qualifications, looking for what job. It's a reality check
on my own hopes and ambitions.

all the best

Steve Tooze

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