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Have alternative positions to offer

This anonymous interview is with a job hunter who is not currently employed (even if part-time or in an unrelated field), has not been hired within the last two months, and has been looking for a new position for more … Continue reading

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“Realize that a 60-year-old still has many years of work life ahead of them and will be extremely loyal employees (especially if they’re paid enough to live).”

Should have taken that $15 an hour job in LA since I’m going to be living in my van soon anyway. At least LA is a lot warmer than Wisconsin Continue reading

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Stats & Graphs: Where We Look For Work

In analyzing the replies, I found at least 152 unique places to find job postings, and many more general strategies.

It was a lot of data to sort through, and it’s turned into this really gigantic post. However, I did want to share these responses with you! I’d love to hear what you think, especially if you think I misinterpreted a response, listed something incorrectly, or there’s a place you look that’s not on this list. Continue reading


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Library School Career Center: University of North Texas (UNT)

I have lots of stories about the students that have found positions, but the ones that are nearest & dearest to my heart are the students that I meet with several times and go through the process with them from start to finish. One student that sticks out was an international student that graduated last year – over the course of about 6 months, I met with them to help develop their resume, practice interview skills and good answers, and several other times when the job search was not going well. International students have a deadline for their work authorization, and they might have to leave the country if they don’t find a job before their deadline. My last meeting with this student was 2 weeks before their deadline, and they messaged me the next week that they found a job in their desired field. It’s so meaningful for me when I get to go through the process with my students and share in their success when they find a job! Continue reading

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We send the interview questions in advance. If a candidate doesn’t have their answers prepared, I am very unimpressed.

Our required qualifications are absolutely requirements. If you don’t show that you meet them, we can’t interview you.  Continue reading

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Library School Career Center: San José State University

The iSchool recommends that students use its career development resources and services “early and often.” By that it means that students should think about and focus on their professional career paths throughout their time in the graduate program. It’s important not to wait until they’re ready to graduate. Instead, the iSchool encourages students to get started in their first semester by exploring the career development site, and using the tools to help determine how their course choices can help them pursue their future career ambitions. Learn how to conduct informational interviews and to network while they are in school. Take advantage of opportunities to increase their understanding of traditional and non-traditional work settings where they can use skills learned in their courses. The iSchool encourages students to use the resources and to contact the Career Advisor Kim Dority if they need help, have questions, or just want to learn more about the possible career paths open to iSchool graduates. We want students to be successful! Continue reading

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Author’s Corner: Six things you should not do when applying for a library job

Do not be generic in your cover letter. Instead be sure to tailor your cover letter to the specific job and hiring library. At a bare minimum this means identifying the position you are applying for and the hiring organization in the introductory paragraph and the closing paragraph. This shows your intention of applying for that specific position. Continue reading

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Further Questions: Would You Hire Someone with an MLIS for a Paraprofessional Position?

But I have one librarian in my department who strongly disagrees. They regularly mentor MLIS students to only apply for librarian positions. I have told them that making such a pronouncement doesn’t account for an individual’s life situation. Continue reading

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Hiring Better: Resources for People Who Hire

Core Best Practices for Academic Interviews Practical recommendations for running better interviews. Developed by Xan Arch, Lori Birrell, Kristin Martin, and Renna Redd. Discussion with authors on June 15, 2022. The Diversity Residency Toolkit Organizations wishing to create or improve … Continue reading

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Hiring Better: Reaching Out to iSchools

d a wonderful spreadsheet that lists the ALA accredited library schools, their career center or job posting site, and notes about requirements, alternatives, etc. Continue reading

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