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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How To Make the Most of Your First LIS Job

Published: July 5, 2016 by Kate M. Spaulding

Thinking about where your LIS career may take you? Keep in mind that your first LIS job isn’t so much about what the job is, as it is what you do with it. First step: Create a job agenda.

Today I am happy to present a guest post from Kim Dority with smart (and welcome!) ideas and guidance for how to best approach your first job in the library and information science (LIS) field. I love that just reading this knocked my anxiety level down a notch or two. I hope it helps you, too! -Kate

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It’s Perfect! But I’m Not Ready

Published: April 20, 2016 by Jill Klees

You just found your dream job, but you’re still working on your MLIS. Don’t let this opportunity slip away. This is the perfect time to use being a student to your advantage.

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Just Think STAR

Published: March 20, 2016 by Jill Klees

STAR stands for Situation, Task, Action, and Result. Learn how to use the STAR method to answer situational or behavioral questions during an interview.

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Students + Professional Associations = A Match Made in Career Heaven

Published: March 11, 2016 by Kate M. Spaulding

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been getting lots of emails about the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference that’s happening in June in Orlando, FL. Right now, they seem to be shouting warnings at me that the “early bird” rates will expire soon, so I should register now. But should I? Conventional wisdom emphatically says, “YES!”

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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.