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Use your LIS skills to be a more effective job hunter. Reduce the time you’re unemployed Emerge with your self-respect and new 21st century skills.
You can keep this crisis from ruining your life
Public, Academic, School and Special Librarians
New Grads Mid-career librarians Senior librarians Other LIS professionals
Jobless librarians Insecure librarians
About 80% of the information in good career guidance books applies to library jobs The other 20% is unique to library culture
Important to understand that culture, know the territory Example
Action verbs Vitae vs. Résumé
Outside the library
Inside and Outside the Library
Database specialist or trainer Web developer LAN coordinator Digital Services Electronic Access ILS (Integrated Library System) Systems
Resurgence of vitality. Digital archives Competition keen
Employment expected to increase 20 percent in decade (pre-recession prediction) Less demand for printbased archives
Austerity budgets and challenging times Libraries will have plenty of problems Library administrators will seek out problem solvers
Problems must be perceived by outsiders Problems must impact users directly Problems may arise from complaints or pressure from above
Computerization means less emphasis on DOING and more on MANAGING Business management skills/courses look good
Focus on users, not materials Responding to change:
Societal, institutional, or technological changes
Example: Young adult services
Working mothers No transportation to after school activities Decline of established youth organizations like
little league High cost of daycare Safety concerns
Jobs closely tied to print resources Jobs that have been simplified or “dumbed down” by automation Jobs involving assistance with and interpretation of resources to users
Bad news Inexperience Weak resumes First to be let go
Good news Viewed by older librarians as computer experts and problem solvers
Bad news LIS courses irrelevant Computer skills assumed to be poor Ageism: If you’re out of work, it’s more difficult to get a job Good news In an aging profession, age is relative If you have a job, you’re more likely to keep it
Bring home important papers Resumes job descriptions Accomplishments Awards Recommendations and commendations Promotions Forward email automatically
Networking is a big part of job hunting Get addresses and phone numbers for all professional contacts Keep or copy your Rolodex Export Microsoft Outlook data Keep communicating Socialize with colleagues Stay connected to the grapevine.
Begin collecting information Create a system for keeping track Scan as much as possible Create a database to track openings
Deadlines When you applied Information about the library, director, and staff Responses received
Where will you find your information?
Identify ALL the best LIS jobsites Submit your information to ALA’s JobList
Become an active member of LinkedIn
Bookmark and check them daily
Identify the job titles that interest you
Research job market
Identify the job titles for which you are best qualified
Can probably survive the first cut
Research geographical areas
Can you relocate? How far?
Unemployment = high stress Talk to your family Have fun. Enjoy family and friends Stay connected, don’t isolate yourself Get in shape Share with other endangered or unemployed LIS professionals
Let friends and colleagues know your are looking for work
Network with friends of friends.
Cold calls are easier if you can say “Cynthia suggested I call.”
Don’t tell off your exboss Keep your boss in your network and take advantage of her network too
Stay in touch with other colleagues
Improve your computer skills
Sign up for relevant computer courses
Local community college College or university Online LIS Program
Choose courses that are as advanced as you can handle
Check your home office
Recent computer Scan and photocopy
Landline with features ▪ Cell phones are risky Professional-sounding
voice mail message
Identify the library’s focus and priorities
What is this job really all about? How does the director see the library? How do search committee members and other staff see the library? What’s the problem that needs solving?
How are librarians hired in your type of library? Who opens applications?
Secretary or administrative assistant?
Library director or committee chair?
Who is involved in the decision? Will there be a search committee? How much input will staff have?
You have total control
Emphasize most appropriate skills and experiences
Entertain the reader
Many librarians are English
Make the letter work for you
Goal: Make your résumé look like the others, only better
You want to stand out only for the right reasons. Professionally printed résumés restrict your freedom.
Control your image. Don’t let the résumé format interfere
Emphasize achievements De-emphasize negatives Remove unrelated verbiage Never lie
Put your strongest qualifications at the beginning Focus on for this specific job Use terminology in the job ad whenever possible
Remember that HR or a clerk may
make the first cut
Employers are looking for a story they can understand Your resume must look reasonable
A clear direction Steady progress toward this particular job A reasonable number of jobs A reasonable amount of time in each one Gaps should make sense
Sculpt your resume
Make your resume tell a story Use the resume format that works best.
Don’t worry about “shoulds”
Beat the slush pile on the first page
Many library directors
believe new grads have a computer chip embedded in their brains Encourage this belief Become the problem solver Take classes, learn to talk the talk
Must battle poor computer skills stereotype Emphasize your strong skills
Strengthen computer skills
Learn to talk the talk Less age discrimination than an issue than in
▪ Library administrators are older
Two basic types
Face-to-Face Telephone interviews
▪ Skype interviews
Most libraries conduct more phone interviews
They’re free They take less effort They can more easily be
“Real” Conference Calls Group calls with one microphone Skype calls
The selection group or search committee is meeting around a table. A microphone or speaker phone has been placed somewhere on the table. Half the group can’t be heard.
Interviews aren’t about you
They’re about the library They’re about how you will fit in
They’re also about the interviewers
Do they like you?
Will they like working with you? Do you like them?
Interpersonal rapport is more important than you think
The more you have in common, the better your chances
Interviewers have a vision You must share that vision
Look at camera, not computer monitor. Place your notes near camera but out of view.
Practice, Practice, Practice
Stay calm, cool, and collected
Let people know you like them.
Know your demons and be prepared . Plan ahead and use a checkoff list
Be prepared for hard questions. Know your weaknesses. Admit what must be admitted and move on.