For Public Review: Ethan Fenichel

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This 2 page resume was submitted by a job hunter who says,

I’ve been working in the corporate sector for several years and finished my MSIS in December. I’ll be using this resume to look for a job in an academic library or a library services company (like an OCLC). I’m interested in research but also outreach and education. I’m very anxious about my lack of in-library experience and I’m interested if my resume translates to people hiring librarians.

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2 responses to “For Public Review: Ethan Fenichel

  1. I’m not a hiring manager, but I’m also currently working in a corporate job and looking to transition to academic libraries. Since you are a recent graduate I would move your education section to the top so it is featured more. Also, I would downplay the corporate job duties and focus on highlighting the most transferable skills (user experience, project management, supervisory). Also, you have a practicum listed under education and volunteer reference desk and grant experience that you could move up to be in the general experience section and add more details. That is in-library experience that you should probably highlight more.


  2. Sarah

    I would consider moving the education portion to the top. Since your work experience falls in the corporate sector, it might be helpful for a hiring manager in the library to see that you have a MLS. Additionally, I wouldn’t bother to include your GPA. It doesn’t actually say that much about your work as a student. Do you have an online portfolio or some other deliverables to show instead?


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