Today’s information professionals can pursue a wide range of career paths in a rapidly expanding field, and career exploration strategies are more important than ever before.
We developed online resources to help our students, alumni, and prospective students navigate a myriad of career opportunities, learn about emerging trends in the field, and develop an effective job search strategy.
We invite you to explore our Career Development resources, whether you are just embarking on your career as an information professional, or if you are working in the field and seeking tips and ideas for refining your career pathway.
Graduates with either a Master in Library and Information Science or Master in Archives and Records Administration degree have a unique opportunity to work in a variety of different settings and environments. You may already have some idea of what you want to do with your degree. However, not all students are sure, and others may find that their initial career objectives change as they spend more time in the MLIS or MARA program.
If you want to get the inside scoop on the variety and diversity of LIS positions available to you, then you should definitely network and conduct informational interviews. This is a critically important job search strategy — and you can take advantage of it whether you are actively conducting a job search or not.
It is never too early to start the job search process. As a current student, you can do this by reading articles about the LIS field, reviewing job ads to make note of the required qualifications, staying on top of market trends, developing your network and making ongoing efforts to stay connected with that network. It is important to start this process early in your academic career.
Resumes, cover letters, and curriculum vita (CVs) are your job search documents. They introduce employers to who you are and what you can do. Depending on the type of position you are seeking and the industry you are applying to, potential employers will require a combination of these job search documents. Each has value in demonstrating your unique skills and capabilities. It’s never too early to create a draft of your documents so that you have a template you can easily tailor when you find a position you want to apply for.
Using a career e-portfolio in your job search is one more way you can showcase your skills and abilities to prospective employers. Whether or not you completed the INFO 289 e-portfolio class, you can still create a career e-portfolio that will showcase your strengths, help you get that interview, and perhaps even help you land the job.
Interviewing is a skill, and with preparation and practice you can get through even the toughest interview questions. Many applicants don’t realize how critical preparation is – please don’t expect to walk in and “wing it” successfully. Preparation and practice is the key to developing the skills to make the most of any interview situation.
Each month during the academic year, Jill Klees, iSchool Career Center Liaison, conducts informal online workshops for current students and alumni via Zoom. These workshops allow for an interactive question and answer discussion with a focus on different topics, such as resume writing, telephone interviewing, and the job search. These workshops are recorded and archived for viewing at your convenience.