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LIS Career Building Basics: Become the Successful Job Candidate


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UNCG Libraries Webinar Series: LIS Career Building Basics - Part 1: Become the Successful Job Candidate

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LIS Career Building Basics: Become the Successful Job Candidate

  1. 1. Career Building Basics: Becoming the Successful Job Candidate April 10, 2012 Anna Craft, Metadata Cataloger, UNCG Mary Krautter, Head, Reference and Instructional Services, UNCG With Support from Nancy Ryckman, Assistant Head, Reference and Instructional Services, and Beth Filar Williams, Distance Education Librarian, UNCG
  2. 2. Webinar outline Locate job openings Job-finding resources on campus Interpret job ads Create a strong application Gain experience to build a stronger resume or CV How libraries evaluate candidates Timeline for filling jobs
  3. 3. Finding job openings Websites  ALA JobLIST  Combined Library Job Postings  HigherEd Jobs – Libraries  LibGig Jobs  Library Jobs in North Carolina  Library Job Postings  Library Journal JobZone Listservs  LISjobs-L  SILS-jobs  LibJobs
  4. 4. Job-finding resources on campus Career Services Center: /services/ LIS Career Day Library workshops  Resume workshop 1: recording and materials  Resume workshop 2: recording and materials
  5. 5. Interpreting job ads Examine the required and preferred qualifications Consider where there may be leeway with the qualifications Read between the lines Think about the “fit”
  6. 6. Creating a strong application Follow directions Proofread, proofread, proofread Tailor your materials to address the points of the job posting Resources  Hiring Librarians  Open Cover Letters  LIScareer News
  7. 7. Getting relevant experience Relevant work experience is critical. Experience can come in many forms:  Practicums  Internships  Student positions  Volunteer positions
  8. 8. Leadership and CreativityLook for chances to shine outside theclassroom! Make yourself and your talents visible to others.  Take responsibility  Implement a creative idea  Organize a group Get experience:  Take an office in a graduate student group  Volunteer for a community group
  9. 9. Professional activities While you’re still in library school attend professionalconferences, webinars and workshops in order to:  Build new skills  Demonstrate professional commitment  Network with librarians (potential co-workers) Join professional organizations  Student dues MUCH cheaper  Listservs and other job search opportunities
  10. 10. How libraries evaluate candidates Word cloud created with
  11. 11. Timeline for academic searches Announcement of position availability Review of candidates Phone interviews Reference checks On-campus interviews Job offerThis process can take a long time!
  12. 12. Any questions?
  13. 13. Suggested ResourcesAmerican Library Association. How To Get a Great Job: A Library How-To Handbook. New York: Skyhorse, 2011.Cannady, Rachel, and Daniel Newton. "Making The Best Of The Worst Of Times: Global Turmoil And Landing YourFirst Library Job." College & Research Libraries News 71.4 (2010): 205-212. Academic Search Complete. Web. 5 Apr. 2012.Easton, Bonnie1. "Career Reality Check." Library Journal 137.1 (2012): 49-51. Library Literature & Information ScienceFull Text (H.W. Wilson). Web. 5 Apr. 2012.Hadro, Josh. "Dear Hiring Committee:." Library Journal (1976) 136.14 (2011): 32-33. Library Literature & InformationScience Full Text (H.W. Wilson). Web. 5 Apr. 2012.Kane, Laura Townsend. Working in the Virtual Stacks : The New Library & Information Science. Chicago : AmericanLibrary Association, 2011.Olguin, Mallory K., and Tony Stankus. "Dressing Like We Mean It." Information Outlook 15.2 (2011): 8-11. LibraryLiterature & Information Science Full Text (H.W. Wilson). Web. 5 Apr. 2012.Pollock, Ronald D. "Facing Trying Times For Librarians." Texas Library Journal 87.2 (2011): 55-57. Library Literature &Information Science Full Text (H.W. Wilson). Web. 5 Apr. 2012.Von Drasek, Lisa. "Hang In There." School Library Journal 57.2 (2011): 24-29. Library Literature & Information ScienceFull Text (H.W. Wilson). Web. 5 Apr. 2012.Reeves, Robert K., and Trudi Bellardo Hahn. "Job Advertisements For Recent Graduates: Advising, Curriculum, AndJob-Seeking Implications." Journal Of Education For Library & Information Science 51.2 (2010): 103-119. LibraryLiterature & Information Science Full Text (H.W. Wilson). Web. 5 Apr. 2012.Sproles, Claudene, and Robert Detmering. "Job Seeking In An Academic Environment: A Dual Perspective."Southeastern Librarian 58.1 (2010): 9-18. Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts with Full Text. Web. 5Apr. 2012.Woodward, Jeannette A. A librarians guide to an uncertain job market . Chicago : American Library Association, 2011.