Here’s another profile with someone who’s been a contributor to Hiring Librarians. Librarian Hire Fashion‘s creator, Jill, is also the co-author of the What Should Candidates Wear survey. Her site is really a great idea – and you can help develop it!
What is your website all about? Please give us your elevator speech!
Knowing what to wear to a job interview can be stressful because people are judged by how they look. I want to give people a visual collection of what others wore to interviews that resulted in job offers. By seeing successful options, people can make more informed decisions. I lack submissions of interview outfits, so most of the posts are photos from daily fashion bloggers that I use as discussion points. I hope that eventually more people will submit what they wore to interviews that resulted in job offers.
When was it started? Why was it started?
Librarian Hire Fashion was started in March 2012 because I wanted pictures of what to wear to my job interviews, but couldn’t find any on the internet.
Who runs it?
I do. I am less than a year into my first full-time, permanent library position. Before that I either volunteered in libraries or worked part-time, temporary positions. Before that, I traveled around the United States working seasonal non-library jobs. I have an MLIS, a BA in Music and Spanish, and a hobby of studying the interactions between people and clothing.
Are you a “career expert”? What are your qualifications?
Nope. No official qualifications, unless having a hobby of studying how what we wear affects how we think of ourselves and how others think of us counts.
Who is your target audience?
My target audience is anyone in the library-type fields who is looking for a job.
What’s the best way to use your site? Should users consult it daily? Or as needed? Should they already know what they need help with, or can they just noodle around?
I update the site with one post weekly, usually on the weekends. Because of the limitations of Tumblr and because I haven’t put enough work into creating cohesive tags, the best thing to do is browse. Because most bloggers are women, most of the pictures are of women, but I try to include anything I can find for men.
Does your site provide:
√ Links √ The opportunity for interaction
√ Other (Please Specify): Interview Clothing
Do you charge for anything on your site?
Anything else you’d like to share with my readers about your site in particular, or about library hiring/job hunting in general?
Please submit your photos of what you wore to interviews that resulted in a job offer. Men, we need you, too! Polyvores or other representations are also helpful if you don’t want to post a photo of yourself. Together, we can help each other feel more confident in job interviews.
If you’ve got questions for Jill about Librarian Hire Fashion, please go ahead and put’em in the comments section.
If you run a job or career website for librarians (and archivists and info professionals etc. etc.), and you want to share it here, get in touch with me at hiringlibrariansATgmail.
Thanks for reading!
*edited 4/27/2012 to fix typo