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!
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.
If you just graduated a few weeks ago and are wondering, “What am I supposed to do now?”—the iSchool offers excellent webinars that answer that very question.
For example, the “Graduated – Now What?” webinar explains the smart steps to take once you toss your tassel. Jill Klees, iSchool Career Liaison, hosted this helpful webinar.
Klees reminded students that she is available to “work with you on whatever you need that has a focus on your career and job search.”
She began with a discussion of excitement versus fear. Many people feel one way or the other when beginning their job search.
Klees recommended that students visit the Career Development pages provided by the iSchool.
“This is a great place for you to check out and for you to start,” Klees explained.
She identified four steps that go into a job search: develop a strategy, know what you want, know who you are and get started.
Develop a Strategy
Have you always planned on doing an internship before you graduate? Do you know exactly what kind of internship you want?
But, what happens when you can’t find that dream internship?
The answer is simple: create it yourself!
Yes, you really can! With a little prep work, you can create the internship of your dreams at any organization you choose, even if they don’t offer it now.
If you have an idea of what you want to do, check out Handshake and other job search sites for open internships. If you can find exactly or close to what you want, be sure to copy the job description.
If you can’t find what you are looking for, start writing. Use another internship description as a model and craft your perfect internship description. Make sure it is thorough, formal and understandable.
Try to be as specific as possible in your duties and expectations. A company without an internship program might feel hesitant if they don’t know exactly how it will go ahead of time.
How many cover letters do you have in your arsenal? Just one? You might want to reconsider your strategy. Cover letters are your potential employers’ first impression of you. You don’t want to send them a generic form letter that doesn’t properly show your enthusiasm for the job. So, how do you craft that perfect cover letter that demonstrates both your skills and your excitement about the job? Read on.
When you think of a leader, who comes to mind? Maybe a former teacher, a government official or someone in business?
If you didn’t think about a librarian, you need to think again.
The iSchool’s Leadership & Management Advisory Committee, co-chaired by Dr. Sue Alman and Dr. Cheryl Stenstrom, hosted several webinars that featured library leaders who truly have an impact in their field. We covered part one, part two and part three in earlier posts. The fourth webinar, “A Day in the Life of a Leader: Part 4,” featured Kelvin Watson, Director of Broward County Libraries in Florida. Before going to Florida, he was the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and senior VP for Queens Library in New York City.
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.
If you’re wondering what skills you need to stand out in the job market, here are the top 10 takeaways from this essential report.