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Here on the WestMuse Blog, you’ll find a variety of articles and resources to help guide you through this difficult time as we all stay home to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

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March 18, 2020
It's not Spring Break, and it's not summer vacation. It's just the COVID-19 break.
If you suddenly find yourself working from home with kids, you're probably asking yourself, "how in the world am I going to get through the next few months?" And everyone knows, even though you sincerely, deeply love your children, you can only handle so much family time before the stress levels escalate. But don’t...
March 13, 2020
Everyone knows working from home can be an awesome luxury. But what happens if you, as a modern working professional who spends your day in the office, is suddenly sent home for two-to four-weeks due to an uncertain situation?
Across the globe, COVID-19 is causing organizations and businesses to close their doors, and professionals in every industry are being sent home to work. With this abrupt...
March 11, 2020

Dear Job Seeker,
Have you spent endless hours customizing your LinkedIn profile, but still aren't hearing from employers or seeing results? Whether you're in the middle of the job search process, or have just entered the vast museum world as an Emerging Museum Professional (EMP), WMA's tips on how to best optimize your LinkedIn profile, might prove useful.
With 660+ million members in over 200...
March 4, 2020
By Chloe Doucette - 2019 Wanda Chin Scholarship Recipient
I was uncomfortable at WMA’s annual meeting in Boise this past October. Don’t get me wrong, the seats were cushy, the food was yummy, the restrooms were nearby. I can be pretty socially awkward, but things didn’t get as weird for me as they could have. Even the financial pressure was off because, thanks to the great folks at WMA, I...
February 26, 2020
By Gail Priday - 2019 Wanda Chin Scholarship Recipient
     Three weeks after returning from the annual meeting in Boise, I opened up the notebook I carried with me to the various sessions. As I skimmed the pages I was reminded of just how valuable the long weekend had been. My notes included reflections on accessibility, inclusive language, universal design, listening, and mindfulness. There...
February 12, 2020
By Diana Azevedo - 2019 Wanda Chin Scholarship Recipient
     Arriving in Boise, Idaho late Thursday night, I was looking forward to the next four days of programming, events, seminars, and workshops at 2019's WMA conference. This was my first WMA conference and I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’ve attended seven of my state, Utah Museums Association conferences (UMA) and last year, I was able to...
February 5, 2020
We all write countless emails throughout the day, some to our friends and others to people we may never meet. Generally, professional online communications are and should be different from the way we speak to one another. Tone is crucial for professional written communications; how you write something matters and can impact whether your words are actually heard. Tone can be easily lost in...
January 29, 2020
By Ruth Hyde - 2019 Wanda Chin Scholarship Recipient
     If your question were chosen, as one-of-three to be discussed on stage in front of a room full of conference attendees, you may have all kinds of different reactions. For me, on the last day of WMA 2019, when my note was read aloud from the stage, the pit of my stomach churned, and my chest tightened. I was excited to hear what the panel...


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