As an iSchool student (current or alum) you have access to a really fantastic resource: the Career Development website. This site is chock-full of great advice, how-to’s and more, all relating to landing your dream job. Unfortunately, you may not have been using it to its full potential. Here are just a few of the things you should go check out right now.
Everyone knows LinkedIn is a great way to network. This is one of the best ways to connect with other professionals around the world. Unfortunately, many people do not take the time to write personalized messages when connecting. Instead, they use the script automatically provided by LinkedIn. If you are trying to connect with someone you don’t know, he or she may ignore your connection if you use the pre-filled script. Here are a few tips for writing an excellent message that will give you a better chance of making a connection.
Thank you notes are an essential footnote to any interview. In them, you remind your interviewer of the high points of your interview and give a lasting impression that you are a conscientious and thorough potential employee. However, writing a good thank you note is not always the easiest task. But fear not, dear reader, this post will walk you through crafting the ideal thank you note.
Start off by reminding the interviewer who you are (it is possible they interviewed many people for many positions that day). You should include your name and the position name in the very first sentence. If you are working with a recruiter, also include the company name. Offer a summary of what you will discuss in the body of the note, namely why you are the best candidate for the job. This section should only be a few sentences. Save the important notes for the body.
LinkedIn is a fantastic tool for job searching and networking. With a little work, it could become the key to your dream job. Here are a few tips to maximize your job search on LinkedIn.
In the current economic climate, it’s more important than ever to stand out (in a positive way) as a job candidate. There are lots of other people applying for the same jobs as you, so catching an employer’s eye is essential. Here are eight ways to stand out and make an employer give you a second look.
Many LIS students are career changers. I, myself, started out as a writer/editor before deciding that I needed a change. While it is exciting to start on a new path, it can also be very intimidating to show up to an interview with no professional experience apart from an internship and lots of skills that seem like they don’t transfer to the LIS world. But there is good news! You can actually use your background, no matter what it is, to your benefit in an interview. Read on to learn more!
Consider Soft Skills
If your resume is looking a bit sparse but you don’t have the time to dedicate to a formal internship, consider volunteering. Volunteering is a great way to give back to the community while adding some important lines to your resume. You can also add volunteer experiences to your LinkedIn profile. Even if your volunteer experience is outside of the LIS field, it is still great to use in an interview.
On a personal note: While I was applying to library jobs, I volunteered at my local public library. This refreshed my memory on the Dewey Decimal System and helped me get to know the people who worked at the library. During interviews, I brought up my volunteering and it made me stand out from other candidates because I was giving up my free time to benefit the community.
Q: What is an informational interview?
An informational interview is a formal discussion with someone who currently has the job or a job similar to the one you are seeking. You ask your contact prepared questions about his or her career to help you gather information about a potential career path, employer, industry or job responsibility (for example, being a competitive intelligence researcher). Generally, an informational interview is focused on simply gathering information, rather than on making a job contact or asking for a job. The interview might occur in person at the contact’s place of work or in a public place such as a coffee shop or even online.
Q: What are the benefits of an informational interview?
If you’re like most job-seekers, you have a LinkedIn profile. Maybe it’s pretty generic. Employers do use LinkedIn to learn more about job candidates, so it is important that your profile is looking great. Here are 10 quick ways to make your LinkedIn profile stand out.
Summer is finally here! Whether you’re on break from classes or just enjoying the warmer weather, these temperatures make everyone want to grab a beach chair and a good book for some relaxation. Why not make that time as productive as possible with a fascinating—yet still educational—book? Here are five titles to choose from that will help you land your dream job with your toes still in the sand!