Career Blog


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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Your Career: Right Now, Right Here

Published: March 4, 2016 by Kate M. Spaulding

Why is it important for students to worry about career development? Well, if you haven’t started preparing for your career before you graduate, you won’t have the scaffolding in place to build your post-school life.

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Looking for a Job? Don’t Do This!

Published: February 21, 2016 by Jill Klees

Looking for a job takes a lot of time and energy. In fact, you may have heard that job searching is a full-time job in itself. That is at least when you do your job search the right way. A half-fast job search is a waste of your precious time and energy. Your confidence and self-esteem may also take a beating due to the constant feelings of rejection when you don’t hear anything back from employers.

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5 Tips to Phone Interview Success

Published: January 25, 2016 by Jill Klees

Yippee! You have a phone interview scheduled. This is not the time to wing it and just go with the flow. Follow these five tips to shine and make a positive first impression.

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Are You Stuck in a Catch 22?

Published: December 21, 2015 by Jill Klees

Do you need experience to get hired but feel like you can’t get experience because no one will hire you? Not to worry. There is a solution.

Do you feel stuck in the catch 22 of needing experience to get hired but feel like you can’t get experience because no one will hire you? Not to worry. There is a solution. Experience can come in many different forms. You’ll want to start early as an MLIS student, be flexible, open minded, and think BIG. 

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3 Secret Tips for Success

Published: November 22, 2015 by Jill Klees

Here is a secret formula for success to making it as an informational professional. Alumna Christina Mune (MLIS 2011) shared her 3 hints for making a smooth transition from student to professional in what I like to call, secret tips for success. Hint #1 is to expand your horizons. Hint #2 is to be strategic, and hint #3 is to get good at something.

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The 3 ‘C’s to a Less Stressful Job Search

Published: July 19, 2015 by Jill Klees

It is no secret that conducting a job search can sometimes elicit feelings of stress, anxiety, and nervousness. When these feelings get the best of you, your confidence may suffer and that is the last thing you want to happen when you are trying to make a positive first impression. You need to take action to stress less and keep yourself in tip top job searching shape.

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I AM the Best Candidate!

Published: June 30, 2015 by Jill Klees

You know that feeling when you are cruising along in your interview and you just feel like the stars are aligned and everything is going so well? It is an amazing feeling. And then you get a seemingly simple interview question, “Why are you the best candidate for this position?” and you freeze. You feel completely stumped and tongue tied about how to respond. You may even eek out what you think is a humble response, “Well, I don’t know that I AM the best candidate for the job.” What did you just say? Oh no! I think you just blew your interview.

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Graduated – now what?

Published: May 19, 2015 by Jill Klees

Graduation is a time to celebrate! It can also be a time of stress when confronted with putting your MLIS to work. Start your post-graduation journey off on the right track by ensuring that you have a realistic and focused plan of action.

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Can I apply for that?

Published: April 20, 2015 by Jill Klees

“How do I know if I am qualified to apply for a position?” I get asked this question more often than you’d think. While the answer seems simple, there are most definitely key factors to consider.

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Networking – an alternate approach to “schmoozing”

Published: March 26, 2015 by Jill Klees

We know that networking is the best job search strategy for tapping into the hidden job market but in reality, few people enjoy it or feel comfortable doing it. The thought of networking often conjures up the stereotype of being a schmoozer and feeling pressured to “work the room.” While attending a networking event and talking to as many people in the room as possible certainly works for some, I offer an alternate approach that could appeal to apprehensive networkers.

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Take your Resume from Sad to Fab

Published: February 23, 2015 by Jill Klees

When you are applying for jobs (internships, part-time, or full-time) and not getting interviews, chances are strong that your resume is NOT doing its job. This is the time to stop what you are doing, back-up, take a look at your resume and reevaluate your marketing tool. It might be time for a resume overhaul.

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Conference Survival Tips

Published: January 27, 2015 by Jill Klees

Want to get the inside scoop on the variety and diversity of LIS positions available to you? Then join and get involved in a professional association. It is a fantastic way to connect to professionals in the field and keep a pulse on the LIS job market. Take advantage of the free one-year memberships available to iSchool students. Once you join, boost your job searching power by attending a conference.