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Real-Life Strategies for Successful Library Jobhunting

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Andromeda Yelton & Tiffany Mair's presentation on January 4, 2012 for ALA TechSource.

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Real-Life Strategies for Successful Library Jobhunting

  1. 1. Real-Life Strategies for Successful Library Job HuntingAndromeda Yelton | @thatandromeda Tiffany Mair | @tiffanylora January 4, 2012
  2. 2. Panelists@ThatAndromeda @tiffanylora
  3. 3. Poll: Where are you in the job hunt? t-rex help wanted by carbonated on Flickr
  4. 4. Create Conversationduring the webinar:● chat window● #libjobhunt● google doc -- http://bit.ly/rGHauUafter the webinar:● ala editions blog● twitter● andromedayelton.com | infodetective.info
  5. 5. Engage Your Networks● Invite colleagues to participate in projects● Special thanks to Annie Pho (@catladylib) from Hack Library School (@hacklibschool) for assistance with todays webinar.
  6. 6. Find Library Job-Seekers Near & FarSupport, strategize, and make it happen(meetup, tweetup, danceparty):http://bit.ly/rrOWQt(Youll need a Google account for this.)
  7. 7. Find Your SpotZoom in on where you live; then click on "edit".
  8. 8. &New icons will appear. Choose the placemark.
  9. 9. Put Yourself on the MapPut the placemark on your location and click. Add your info.
  10. 10. Andromeda: What I DidStep 1: Read ALL the job listings ○ started in grad school ○ read listings for every job I might enjoy -- even if expired or far away ○ made a list of all the recurring skills ○ put them in three buckets...
  11. 11. Andromeda: What I DidMy three buckets:1. What I can do and can prove2. What I can do and cant prove...yet3. What I cant do...yet me and the bucket and spade by slightly everything, on Flickr; CC BY
  12. 12. Andromeda: What I DidStep 2: Acquire skills and generate proof ○ writing ■ andromedayelton.com ■ LITA/Ex Libris contest ■ Library Technology Reports ○ tech ■ LIS 458 (databases) ■ DCKX (LIS 419 final project!) ○ public speaking ■ teaching career ■ GSLIS tech lab workshops ■ Battledecks!
  13. 13. Andromeda: What I DidStep 3: Networking ○ Twitter (@ThatAndromeda) ○ ALA conferences ■ say yes to things ■ dont travel in student packs ■ go to happy hour Pick me! Pick me!! by emrank, on Flickr; CC BY
  14. 14. Tiffanys Path to EmploymentStart early and stay late● Be well-rounded● Study the success of others● Join teams and bring people together
  15. 15. Tiffanys Path to EmploymentKnow and be known● Define your leadership style● Filter advice, limit negativity, and know what to ignore● Communicate and embody your vision
  16. 16. Tiffanys Path to EmploymentBe more than qualified● Distinguish yourself● Finding a job is only the beginning● Make flexibility, positivity, & enthusiasm your mantra Lotus by _Virdi_ on Flickr
  17. 17. Poll: Would you relocate for a job? European Van Lines by npGreenway on Flickr
  18. 18. Additional ResourcesPersonal Branding for New Librarians● Andromedas article about an ALA Midwinter panelEnjoy Yourself Along the Way● Tiffanys ALA 2011 Virtual Conference presentation on standing out and enjoying your job huntSo What Are You Going to Do With That?, Susan Basallaand Maggie Debelius● helps you identify & communicate your skills, especially if youre from academe
  19. 19. Additional ResourcesJenica Rogers on writing cover letters● Ever wanted to know what the hiring committee is thinking? Jenica is a library director.Andromeda wrote a follow-up blog post on resumes andcover letters.Five Lessons Librarians can Learn from Conan theBarbarian● Tiffany offers tips for succeeding in your epic professional battles
  20. 20. Closing ThoughtsThree-step plan for winning in libraryland:1. Talk to people,2. Identify cool things to do,3. And do them.Balloon Festival, Denver, Colorado byThad Roan - Bridgepix, on Flickr; CCBY
  21. 21. Closing Thoughts Whats your plan?
  22. 22. Thank You Slides will be available at ALA Editions AndromedaYelton.com infodetective.info Please continue sharing your ideas on thesesites, your social networks, & with your peers. @ThatAndromeda | @tiffanylora

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