The American Numismatic Association should be congratulated for its latest good idea.
It has created a jobs board on its www.money.org website.
The numismatic field is highly specialized.
A place to go to when a firm needs to hire, or a hobbyist needs a new position will help separate the wheat from the chaff.
It might even help Numismatic News someday.
Numismatics is something beyond the scope of most people’s lives.
In one of the job searches I was involved with I vividly recall how one of our ads in a state newspaper turned out.
"Numismatics" was spelled “pneumatics.”
Someone with spell check or some specialized knowledge was undoubtedly trying to be helpful.
But the study of gases is not what we do here.
Now the ANA wants to help us cut to the chase employment-wise.
The only question is will there be enough demand for the new function on the ANA website?
The ANA says posting a job is easy. Employers complete a brief form, upload the job description and the job listing will be posted within two business days.
Listings are free for all numismatic-related employers through June 30, after which regular rates will apply: $50 for ANA members, and $100 for non-members.
Job seekers get free access. They can browse and view available jobs based on their criteria and level of interest, according to ANA.
There were seven jobs posted when I looked this morning.
I hope this new function succeeds, but I couldn’t help but joke with an associate here in the office that I am writing a story about a jobs board for an audience whose average age is 63.
Perhaps ANA should offer a retirement board as well.
I am not joking.
Many people move when they quit working.
Finding out the best places to go would be useful to ANA members.
I know I am being influenced by the “Retire to Belize” message I received this morning, but if I do want to retire to Belize, why shouldn’t it be the ANA that helps me make that decision?
Before a rumor gets started, I do not want to retire to Belize, though the ads do make it look appealing.
Perhaps Florida? Texas? Arizona?
ANA, please show me the options.
There might be more revenue for the organization in this than a jobs board.
When the time comes for me to retire, it would be helpful to have all the facts.
ANA could be the organization to give them to me.
Buzz blogger Dave Harper has twice won the Numismatic Literary Guild Award for Best Blog and is editor of the weekly newspaper "Numismatic News."
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