Career Blog: Interviewing

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Five Things Not to Do During an Interview

Published: October 29, 2018 by Evelyn Hudson

Last week, we covered five things to do during an interview. But remember: just as important as what to do is what not to do. There are some things that will simply turn an interviewer off and make your chances of getting that job drop like a stone. If you prepare for your interview properly, you can avoid these bad behaviors and ensure you make a good impression on your interviewer. If all else fails, be sure to avoid the following five things.

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Five Things to Do During an Interview

Published: October 19, 2018 by Evelyn Hudson

Everyone knows interviews are very important. A good interview can land you a coveted position, while a bad interview can do the opposite. Preparation is very important. You’ll feel more confident and comfortable during the interview if you spend some time preparing beforehand. But what about during the interview? What’s important to do during the actual interview? Read on to find out!

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10 Things You May Have Missed on the iSchool’s Career Development Site

Published: August 8, 2018 by Evelyn Hudson

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.

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The Icing on the Interview: A Thank You Note

Published: August 3, 2018 by Evelyn Hudson

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.


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Eight Ways to Stand Out as an LIS Job Candidate

Published: July 27, 2018 by Evelyn Hudson

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.

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Interviewing as a Career Changer: Making Your Past an Advantage

Published: July 20, 2018 by Evelyn Hudson

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!

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Summer Reading: Get Ahead While You Relax

Published: July 3, 2018 by Evelyn Hudson

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!

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Listen Up: How Library Podcasts Can Put You on the Path to Success

Published: June 29, 2018 by Evelyn Hudson

Podcasts are currently all the rage. You might even already have a few favorites. But did you know there are several library-related podcasts out there? These podcasts are a great way to stay up-to-date on what’s happening in the library world outside of academia and learn about new career options you never considered. Their topics also make great conversation starters during an interview! Without further ado, here are five library podcasts to keep you entertained and informed.

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10 Takeaways from the MLIS Skills at Work Report

Published: May 25, 2018 by Evelyn Hudson

Whether you are getting your diploma this month or just starting the MLIS program, your end goal is the same: landing a great job. The iSchool at SJSU conducts an annual study of LIS-related job posting to see what employers are looking for. They reviewed 400 job postings in February and March of this year to determine the similarities among them. The MLIS Skills at Work: A Snapshot of Job Postings Spring 2018 report is an excellent resource for students at any stage in their schooling.

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10 Things You Didn’t Realize Were Sabotaging Your Interview

Published: March 29, 2018 by Evelyn Hudson

You may feel like you’re often the best candidate for the job, but for reasons you can’t really pin down, you find yourself going to interview after interview with no call-backs. What’s going on?

According to a substantial number of LIS hiring managers, job applicants unfamiliar with interview expectations and etiquette frequently sabotage their chances without realizing what caused the damage. These are the issues that may be harming your interview outcomes:

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What Search Committees Want You to Know

Published: October 17, 2017 by Kate M. Spaulding

Last week, the iSchool’s Society of American Archivists Student Chapter (SAASC) presented “Job Hunting: What Search Committees Want You to Know” via Collaborate. Gene Hyde, University of North Carolina at Asheville’s Archivist and Head of Special Collections, presented national research findings on what search committees look for in library and archives applicants. So, more generally, how to get a job.

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Tips for Using Facebook in Your Job Search

Published: July 21, 2017 by Kate M. Spaulding

You may or may not have considered using Facebook in your job search. But now that Facebook officially has a job search feature, it’s worth a second look as yet another way to land your next job.

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The Future is Now: Emerging Future Student Showcase 2017

Published: July 11, 2017 by Kate M. Spaulding

The showcase of INFO 282 student projects gives us a glimpse into some of the technologies that will impact our future.

Each spring for the past two years, Dr. Sue Alman has taught INFO 282 Emerging Future: Technology Issues and Trends to a creative group of iSchool students. How do I know they are talented? Because they proved it. (No, I was not among them!)

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Emerging Trends Report Coming Soon!

Published: May 23, 2017 by Kate M. Spaulding

Are you searching for a job or trying to work keywords into your resume and LinkedIn profile? Are you wondering where the job market and your education intersect? To help students and professionals navigate the ever-changing LIS landscape, the iSchool publishes an Emerging Career Trends report each year. During the spring semester, one iSchool student tackles this as an INFO 298 project and the new report is published soon after.