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Further Questions: All About Cover Letters

I promise you that employers spend less time reading the cover letter than you spent writing it. Stick to the facts and speak to the job ad.  Continue reading

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Further Questions: Should people who don’t meet all the job qualifications still apply?

Online application forms make it very difficult to ignore required or preferred elements of an ad. But here is one reason I like to see a submitted CV or resume as well as the online form (question from a few weeks ago). Use the resume to provide enough detail on experience or education that you want to create a compelling argument for your candidacy. And make good use of your cover letter to tell the search committee why the job interests you and what you would bring to the position. Continue reading

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Further Questions: Can we talk about specific interview questions?  

Each week (or thereabouts) I ask a question to a group of people who hire library and LIS workers. If you have a question to ask or if you’d like to be part of the group that answers, shoot me … Continue reading

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Further Questions: What are your personal standards for how applicants should be treated?

How you treat a potential employee also reflects on their decision to take the job, so it’s beneficial to make it a pleasant experience. Continue reading

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Further Questions: Do you send questions to interviewees before the interview?

I don’t think you need to worry that candidates will getting them ahead of time to prepare bullshit answers to your interview questions. My experience so far is that good candidates continue to answer questions well, and less good candidates still don’t have solid answers. Continue reading

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Further Questions: How did you learn to hire people?

How did you learn to hire people? What did you learn through formal training versus through mistakes, mentoring, or some other method? Are there trainings or tools you would recommend? 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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Library School Career Center: University of Iowa

SLIS students should take full advantage of the mentorship program but connecting with LISSO is another recommendation. Professional library organizations like ALA also have student chapters that can help students find a career path in librarianship. Above all, always keep learning from others in your program. Seeking out advice is a better indicator that you are a self-starter than anything else. Continue reading

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Hiring Librarians News and Miscellany

Are you interested in joining a Hiring Librarians run community of practice for people who are job hunting?

I am exploring creating a private online group of maybe 20 folks for mutual support on things like resume review, interview prep, mental health, etc. I would provide organization, moderation and advice. If you are interested, how would you feel if it was pay-what-you-can? Or come back and make a donation later when you get hired? If this is something that appeals to you, please email me. Continue reading

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