Job Hunting for Librarians -Rutgers

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Job Hunting for Librarians -Rutgers

  1. 1. Job Hunting for the MLIS Grad Sarah Jewell, MLS Reference Librarian Wednesday, March 7, 2012
  2. 2. Resume• LIS Jobs Resume advice• Power of Keywords• Cover Letter tips• Resume example• Crafting a winning resume• Common mistakes
  3. 3. Tailor your resume for each job• If you have enough Tailor your resume experience, have one “ultimate resume” where you list everything• Pick and choose items according to the job description• Name each resume clearly• Don’t leave gaps!
  4. 4. If switching careers…• Share lessons learned from previous careers• Transferable skills• Using Sales Skills in Library Work• Using Non-Librarian Skills in a Library
  5. 5. Seeking out Mentors• Touch base with references before you apply to a position so they can prepare better• Finding a mentor• Mentors
  6. 6. Manage your online presence• Professional Development• Managing your online image• Top 5 LinkedIn Groups• Blogging during the job search
  7. 7. Consider “the Gig”• The Gig Economy• NPR’s story on the Gig Economy• Non-librarian jobs• Part-time gigs and internships can lead to full-time positions
  8. 8. Interview Preparation• Library interview questions• Questions and interpretations• Interview questions decoded
  9. 9. Do your Homework• Mission statement• Departmental Publications• Buzz words in job description, i.e. teamwork
  10. 10. Storytelling• You are the hero of your own story• Tell me about yourself• Tell a story to ace your interview• Tell good stories- STAR approach• Common plots in job stories
  11. 11. Ask questions of your own• Nailing the library interview• Questions to Ask Potential Employers• Best Questions to Ask in an Interview• Ask potential employers questions, too

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