Job Hunter’s Web Guide: APALA Career Center

I’m pleased to share with you some information about the career board run by the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA). Swing by for tons of job listings, resume reviews, and even career advice. 

What is it?  Please give us your elevator speech!

APALA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing leadership opportunities through informed dialogue that addresses the needs of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander library workers and those who serve these communities. APALA Career Center aims to connect job opportunities to AANHPI and all job seekers more efficiently and equitably. 

When was it started?  Why was it started?

The website was launched on April 18, 2022. It was started because we wanted a way for APALA members to connect to job opportunities. Another association also recommended that the additional revenue stream from the Career Center could help us expand our scholarships, awards, and grants. 

Who runs it?

Career Center is under the purview of the APALA Finance and Fundraising Committee with oversight from the APALA Executive Board. 

Are you a “career expert”? What are your qualifications?

We partner with YM Careers by Community Brands, a career center platform that powers the largest association job board network in the world.

Who is your target audience?

Both employers and job seekers in the LIS (library and information science) field. 

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?

Job seekers are welcome to sign up for free to view daily content such as the Career Planning feature which provides advice, insights, and coaching information about library job hunting.

Employers can check the products section to find out different pricing models we have, with the most popular one enabling them to email jobs to qualified APALA members and have the positions remain highlighted and high in search results on the Career Center. 

Does your site provide:

√ Job Listings

√  Articles/literature

√  Links

√ Coaching

√ The opportunity for interaction

Advice on:

√ Cover Letters

√ Resumes

√ Interviewing

√ Networking

√ Other (Please Specify): career planning

Do you charge for anything on your site?

We charge to post job listings.

What are your standards for job listings (e.g., must include salary)?

We don’t have any specific standards since the current vendor platform does not have a feature to require posting of salary information. However, we are revisiting it over the summer of 2023 and are hoping to include it in the future.

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