Career Blog

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Career Blog

Career development is on everyone’s minds. After all, that’s why most, if not all, of our students come to us. This blog is all about giving you the latest and greatest in what’s going on in the job market. Chock-full of tips and guidance, the Career Blog is a must-read for all students and job seekers.

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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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Break the Script: Connecting on LinkedIn

Published: August 7, 2018 by Evelyn Hudson

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.

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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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Volunteering: A Great Way to Boost Your Resume

Published: July 17, 2018 by Evelyn Hudson

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.

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10 Ways to Boost Your Linkedin Profile

Published: July 9, 2018 by Evelyn Hudson

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.

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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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A Diploma and a Plan: What to Do After Graduation

Published: June 26, 2018 by Evelyn Hudson

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.

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Creating Your Dream Internship

Published: June 19, 2018 by Evelyn Hudson

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.

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Top 10 Tips for an Eye-Catching LIS Cover Letter

Published: June 9, 2018 by Evelyn Hudson

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.

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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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It’s Parliamentary: Leadership in a Government Library

Published: May 19, 2018 by Evelyn Hudson

Think your MLIS degree will keep you in the background? Think again.

“New MLIS holders are often reluctant or don’t quite understand how quickly they will find themselves in management and leadership positions,” Dr. Cheryl Stenstrom explains.

With this knowledge, how can we as MLIS students prepare to be successful leaders?