Applying for Jobs

Applying for jobs in public libraries can be a very different process from applying for jobs in other information environments. Since public libraries are part of city, county, or state governments, all job applicants normally apply through the local government human resources departments and systems. This often involves a multi-step process, rather than the applicant simply submitting a resume and cover letter in direct response to a position listing.

For example, a typical process may contain the following steps:

  1. Applicant creates and submits an online profile with education & employment experience
  2. Applicant then applies online for a specific posted opportunity, including answering fully any supplemental questions
  3. All (or most) applicants are contacted to take exam
  4. Applicants who are successful at the exam & whose application demonstrates appropriateness are contacted for an interview

See Tips & Techniques for applying to New Jersey civil service positions (applicable to other states as well) and the County of Los Angeles career page.

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