Career Blog: Interviewing

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Working and Applying for Jobs During Covid-19? A few tips.

Published: April 2, 2020 by Greta Snyder

Hoping everyone is staying safe and healthy! This health crisis is impacting so many of us that right now we have to play it day-by-day. For those job-hunting, or unsure about the future of their current workplace amidst this tenuous situation, this is a particularly stressful, unpredictable time in the job market. The good news is that as an SJSU MLIS or MARA student, you have proven success working online and remotely in both collaborative and independent roles, and as an up-and-coming LIS professional with work or internship experience in the field, you might also have demonstrated expertise providing information resources to support your community. These skills are more important than ever, so while applying for jobs or starting to look due to current workplace instability, it’s essential to focus on how you might be able to benefit others by leveraging your iSchool LIS skills during this global crisis and make a positive impact.

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Free, Online iSchool Career Workshops: What Are You Waiting For?

Published: February 27, 2020 by Greta Snyder

Drum roll please. The answer is the next one! Did you know the SJSU iSchool offers free, online iSchool Career Workshops? It’s time to get the most out of your iSchool experience by learning from the ultimate career resource, iSchool Career Consultant Jill Klees. If you missed this month’s workshop “Your LIS Career Starts Here,” this post will catch you up and prepare you for the next workshop slated to be March 4, 2020 5-6pm PT, focusing on informational interviews. So, take the reins and jump start your career with iSchool Career Workshops:  free, live, recorded and awesome.

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Exploring iSchool Opportunities Beyond the Classroom

Published: February 6, 2020 by Greta Snyder and guest blogger Karen Pfeffer

With the semester in full throttle, you’re becoming a pro at juggling school, work and life. Be confident that you can continue to grow as a multi-tasking pro and take on one of the most rewarding and best career-building parts of SJSU iSchool: opportunities beyond the classroom. You’ve got to get extra-curricular to really take full advantage of your experience at iSchool.

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Job Hunting in 2020? Join Me!

Published: January 9, 2019 by Greta Snyder

Is the new year the time for your next career move? It’s always good to keep your eyes open for opportunities, but when the pressure is on to find a new job everyone could use some tips and inspiration. Join me as a share my what I learn in my job seeking process as a new LIS professional.

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2020: The Year of Time Management and Self-Care

Published: December 28, 2019 by Greta Snyder

Self-care might be a trending buzzword, but that’s for a good reason. In today’s working world, boundaries with technology can be tricky to navigate. While the Internet and portable, relatively affordable or freely accessible technology increasingly put information and communication at our fingertips, the downside, however, to this infinite access is that it also means we feel like we have to be available and working all the time.

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Feeling Festive? Let’s Celebrate SJSU iSchool

Feeling Festive? Let’s Celebrate SJSU iSchool

Published: December 2, 2019 by Greta Snyder

With holidays and the end of the semester on the horizon, it’s hard not get into the festive spirit. Fall semester has been super busy, so take a minute to relax and celebrate SJSU iSchool with a September, October and November SJSU iSchool News and Blogs recap video.

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It’s the Final Countdown: Keeping Your Motivation up

Published: December 1, 2019 by Greta Snyder

Okay, so hopefully now that song is stuck in your head and helping lighten the mood as it is now about the time of year when the grind becomes real, and the motivation can be hard to find. No matter how you holiday, the illusion of a break and the potential oasis of day off are calling even though your list of things to do seems to get longer every day.

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Networking for Novices: Trust Us, You’ve Got This!

Published: November 12, 2019 by Greta Snyder

Networking is a buzzword that draws out serious love-hate feelings. Just hearing the word right now your inner social butterfly may be fluttering, or perhaps you’re starting to shrink into a wallflower with horror. But, guess what, no matter whether you’re an extrovert or introvert or just new to the scene, you can improve your networking skills through learning strategies to up your game. Just meeting a bunch of people and being charming in the moment is not effective and avoiding anything remotely related to networking is a missed opportunity. Networking isn’t just all business, reserved for the outgoing or magically landing your dream job. Networking is building savvy, genuine, mutually beneficial relationships. So, time to take the pressure off; this is a chance to learn, be confident and genuine and realize how much this crucial skill can grow your career.

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Cozy Up with Emerging Technology: iSchool Library 2.0 Virtual Conference Oct. 30

Published: October 28, 2019 by Greta Snyder

No need to scramble for your professional super-hero suit (you know, that matching blazer and pants set you’ve stashed somewhere in your closet) to attend the virtual Library 2.0 Conference on Emerging Technology. The fully online mini-conference is this Wednesday, October 30, from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. Pacific Time. It’s like the Netflix and chill of conferences as it is live-streamed and recorded; oh but wait, it’s also totally free! So, register now to attend live and have insider access to the recordings. Then look forward to putting on your softest sweater and comfiest pants, making some popcorn, and learning from the conference’s star-studded cast in the comfort of your own living room.

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Did You Blow Your Last Job Interview: How to Turn It Around

Published: October 12, 2019 by Greta Snyder

Raise your hand if you’ve ever felt like you belong on a “best of” job-interview fail compilation. Oh, guess what? You’re not alone; we all do. So, let’s be real, the self-doubt fallout is tough to navigate. But deep down you know that to get that dream job you have to keep growing and trying. Time to start adulting:  don’t think of it as rejection and another reason to feel intimidated, spin it as an opportunity for updating your interview prep strategy.

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Is Your Workplace Toxic?

Published: September 3, 2019 by Greta Snyder

A large proportion of our iSchool students are also working at full- or part-time jobs, so while focusing on your education and future career as you move through the program is of primary importance, a key part of your ability to manage it all and really grow is being in a good work environment right now. So, what can you do if you’re not?

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LIS Career Books Roundup

Published: August 26, 2019 by Kim Dority, SJSU iSchool Career Consultant

Looking for a good career book to help you explore your options in the library and information professions? You’re in luck! The following nearly two dozen titles all address aspects of being an LIS professional, and should help you expand your thinking when it comes to what career paths might fit you, how to build an information career (or careers) that will be rewarding both financially and personally, and how to move from student to happily-employed LIS professional.

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Stay Ahead of the Curve

Published: August 21, 2019 by Greta Snyder

Okay, so the summer was busy. No matter if you were working tons of hours, applying for jobs, taking classes, or attempting to finally do some self-care and binge watch your favorite series, go for a hike, or just relax (what’s that again?) you were trying to stay focused in the world-record heat. With fall about to kick in, don’t stress, just find strategic ways to catch up. That’s why I put together a June and July SJSU iSchool News and Blogs highlight reel. So, get smart, and watch this quick recap video, read the overview below and click on stories that will inspire you to keep pushing forward with your education and career.

Stay Ahead of the Curve

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Unexpected Benefit of the Interview: Confidence

Published: August 9, 2019 by Greta Snyder

Nothing like working a job that doesn’t utilize your education and talent to suck the life out of you and drain your confidence. If you haven’t already moved on, it is time to start breaking up from this vampire job. This isn’t Twilight, you need to leave all the drama and frustration behind and find a new job. You are the star of your own career; when you start going for new opportunities it will re-energize your passion, clarify your goals, and give you that burst of confidence you need to succeed. Go to that interview and get your groove back!

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Interview Questions: Bring It On

Published: July 29, 2019 by Greta Snyder

Preparing for a job interview? Then prepare to be caught off-guard with surprising behavioral questions those questions designed to assess how you deal with unanticipated circumstances. First of all, trust your interviewer, they do this all the time so don’t doubt the point of the question. Instead focus on entertaining and impressing. Cool, but how do you do that? By identifying the goal of the question and using your creative problem-solving skills to address the objective with a compelling and clear anecdote. Don’t let the nature of the questions, no matter how weird or intimidating, fill you with doubt. The interviewer wants to get to know you and what it would be like to work with you. Be yourself, see yourself in the job role and take center stage. Be the star of your own interview!

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The Secret Key to Finding the Perfect Job

Published: July 25, 2019 by Greta Snyder

Think of finding a job like finding a potential date on Bumble or Tinder. While finding the right information environment in person and starting out as “friends,” or in job terms as an intern, volunteer, or para-professional, can definitely lead to the offer, job searching, like dating, is now often online. So, play career matchmaker for yourself, keep an open mind, cast a broad net, and match your interests and skills to possibilities.