Career Blog https://ischool.sjsu.edu/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 ... en Take Stock of Yourself with a Skill Inventory https://ischool.sjsu.edu/career-blog/take-stock-yourself-skill-inventory <p> <strong>Published:</strong> March 15, 2021 by Jillian Collins </p> <p> Being able to identify (and discuss) your skills and strengths is a <em>really</em> important aspect of job-hunting. But how do you find these qualities in yourself? If you’re stuck, you’re in luck! Information is your super power. Now it’s time to concentrate on information about you. The skill of creating a Skill Inventory!<br> </p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-related-content"><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-site-content"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/career-blog/impact-feedback-your-personal-brand">The Impact of Feedback on Your Personal Brand</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://ischool.sjsu.edu/career-blog/take-stock-yourself-skill-inventory" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://ischool.sjsu.edu/career-blog/take-stock-yourself-skill-inventory#comments Career Blog Career Blog Career Blog: Career Strategy Career Blog: Skills Tue, 16 Mar 2021 00:50:00 +0000 Jillian Collins 6625 at https://ischool.sjsu.edu The Impact of Feedback on Your Personal Brand https://ischool.sjsu.edu/career-blog/impact-feedback-your-personal-brand <p> <strong>Published:</strong> March 10, 2021 by Jillian Collins </p> <p> Your professional reputation, also known as your “brand,” is the foundation of the essentials in career kits and in your long-term career development strategy. And because everyone forms an opinion of us during any interaction we have, it’s not like we can just decide to ignore all this brand stuff. Better to take charge of how others see you to ensure they’re seeing the <em>real</em> you.<br> </p><p><a href="https://ischool.sjsu.edu/career-blog/impact-feedback-your-personal-brand" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://ischool.sjsu.edu/career-blog/impact-feedback-your-personal-brand#comments Career Blog Career Blog Career Blog: Career Strategy Career Blog: Networking Home: Spotlight Career Blog: Skills Wed, 10 Mar 2021 19:06:00 +0000 Jillian Collins 6612 at https://ischool.sjsu.edu How to Get the Most from Handshake https://ischool.sjsu.edu/career-blog/how-get-most-handshake <p> <strong>Published:</strong> February 16, 2021 by Jillian Collins </p> <p> If you read the first part of <a href= "/career-blog/carrie-mcknight-wants-you-know">my interview with Carrie McKnight</a>, SJSU graduate student career counselor, you’ll already know that <a href= "https://sjsu.joinhandshake.com/">Handshake</a> is way more than a smaller version of &nbsp;LinkedIn. That’s important because although you may be a student now, you’re going to be looking for a job sooner than you can imagine. In the meantime, you want to make the most of every SJSU career resource you can, including virtual career fairs, vetted position postings, and tools that curate your profile to boost your visibility.<br> </p><p><a href="https://ischool.sjsu.edu/career-blog/how-get-most-handshake" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://ischool.sjsu.edu/career-blog/how-get-most-handshake#comments Career Blog Career Blog Career Blog: Career Strategy Career Blog: Job Search Career Blog: Networking Career Blog: Social Media and Careers Tue, 16 Feb 2021 17:45:00 +0000 Jillian Collins 6585 at https://ischool.sjsu.edu Mark Your Calendar: Spring Career Workshop with Kim Dority https://ischool.sjsu.edu/career-blog/mark-your-calendar-spring-career-workshop-kim-dority <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Getting Ready to Launch—What You Need to Do Now! </div> </div> </div> <p> <strong>Published:</strong> February 5, 2021 by Jillian Collins </p> <p> Mark your calendar&nbsp;because you don’t want to miss out on this online career workshop. Our school’s career advisor, <a href="/post/ischool-career-consultant-students-and-alumni">Kim Dority</a>, is hosting one of her signature events. Mission: your courses now, and career horizons ahead! </p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-links"><div class="field field-type-link field-field-link"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="https://www.sjsu.edu/careercenter/">SJSU Career Center</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://ischool.sjsu.edu/career-blog/mark-your-calendar-spring-career-workshop-kim-dority" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://ischool.sjsu.edu/career-blog/mark-your-calendar-spring-career-workshop-kim-dority#comments Career Blog Career Blog Career Blog: Career Strategy Build Your Strategy Career Blog: Choosing a Career Career Blog: Job Search Career Blog: Skills Fri, 05 Feb 2021 21:41:00 +0000 Jillian Collins 6563 at https://ischool.sjsu.edu Carrie McKnight Wants to Help You Succeed https://ischool.sjsu.edu/career-blog/carrie-mcknight-wants-help-you-succeed <p> <strong>Published:</strong> February 4, 2021 by Jillian Collins </p> <p> We’ve been interrupted. 2020 was a sharp turn from what we could have anticipated, not just as students, but as individuals<a href="/career-blog/carrie-mcknight-wants-you-know">. The first part of my interview with</a> Carrie McKnight, SJSU career counselor for graduate students, focused on fantastic tools available to you through the SJSU Career Center.&nbsp;<br> </p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-related-content"><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-site-content"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/career-blog/carrie-mcknight-wants-you-know">Carrie McKnight Wants You to Know…</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/career-blog/free-sources-your-creative-career-kit">&#039;Free-sources&#039; for Your (Creative) Career Kit</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/career-blog/take-look-your-mlis-skills-work">Take a Look at Your MLIS Skills at Work</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/career-blog/take-virtual-selfie-your-career-preferences-valuable-tool">Take a Virtual Selfie of Your Career Preferences with this Valuable Tool</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/post/sjsu-career-services-graduate-students">SJSU Career Services for Graduate Students</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-links"><div class="field field-type-link field-field-link"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="https://www.sjsu.edu/careercenter/">SJSU Career Center</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://ischool.sjsu.edu/career-blog/carrie-mcknight-wants-help-you-succeed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://ischool.sjsu.edu/career-blog/carrie-mcknight-wants-help-you-succeed#comments Career Blog Career Blog Career Blog: Career Strategy Career Blog: Job Search Career Blog: Skills Wed, 03 Feb 2021 20:54:00 +0000 Jillian Collins 6560 at https://ischool.sjsu.edu Now’s the Perfect Time to Revisit (or Complete) Your Skill Assessment https://ischool.sjsu.edu/career-blog/nows-perfect-time-revisit-or-complete-your-skill-assessment <p> <strong>Published:</strong> January 25, 2021 by Jillian Collins </p> <p> Finally – a new year! Rather than coming up with the usual new year’s resolutions, how about instead getting the year headed in a positive direction by doing deep-dive career reflection? Specifically, why not launch this year by taking the time to revisit the career passions you identified in your Career Self-Assessment to identify what’s changed. Or, if you haven’t yet had an opportunity to <a href= "/career-blog/take-virtual-selfie-your-career-preferences-valuable-tool"> explore this valuable resource</a>,&nbsp;perhaps now’s the time to jump in.<br> </p><p><a href="https://ischool.sjsu.edu/career-blog/nows-perfect-time-revisit-or-complete-your-skill-assessment" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://ischool.sjsu.edu/career-blog/nows-perfect-time-revisit-or-complete-your-skill-assessment#comments Career Blog Career Blog Career Blog: Career Strategy Career Blog: Skills Mon, 25 Jan 2021 19:48:00 +0000 Jillian Collins 6539 at https://ischool.sjsu.edu Carrie McKnight Wants You to Know… https://ischool.sjsu.edu/career-blog/carrie-mcknight-wants-you-know <p> <strong>Published:</strong> January 21, 2021 by Jillian Collins </p> <p> Meet SJSU graduate student career counselor, Carrie McKnight. While we have entered 2021, my interview with her in December 2020 clued me in on three crucial career center tools. With Carrie&nbsp;insight, it’s much easier to turn career resolutions into reality. As Carrie said to me, “My job is to advocate for you guys&nbsp;because you guys do such great work.” </p><p><a href="https://ischool.sjsu.edu/career-blog/carrie-mcknight-wants-you-know" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://ischool.sjsu.edu/career-blog/carrie-mcknight-wants-you-know#comments Career Blog Career Blog Career Blog: Career Strategy Career Blog: Networking Career Blog: Skills Fri, 22 Jan 2021 00:46:00 +0000 Jillian Collins 6531 at https://ischool.sjsu.edu ‘Free-sources’ for Your (Creative) Career Kit https://ischool.sjsu.edu/career-blog/free-sources-your-creative-career-kit <p> <strong>Published:</strong> November 30, 2020 by Jillian Collins </p> <p> It’s always a good time to maintain your career kit. You&nbsp;know that you&nbsp;need to tailor your&nbsp;template résumé and generic cover letter to specific job openings and keep&nbsp;your&nbsp;LinkedIn profile current, but how do you grab attention to create and build your personal brand? There are three&nbsp;online tools I use that I’d like to share with you&nbsp;because they’re easy to learn and use quickly, and they’re free! Those tools are 1) the LinkedIn Publishing Platform, 2) Canva graphic design platform, and 3) professional photographs from Unsplash. </p><p><a href="https://ischool.sjsu.edu/career-blog/free-sources-your-creative-career-kit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://ischool.sjsu.edu/career-blog/free-sources-your-creative-career-kit#comments Career Blog Career Blog Career Blog: Career Strategy Career Blog: Networking Career Blog: Skills Career Blog: Social Media and Careers Mon, 30 Nov 2020 18:34:00 +0000 Jillian Collins 6473 at https://ischool.sjsu.edu Get to Know Your Network (and Let Them Get to Know You) https://ischool.sjsu.edu/career-blog/get-know-your-network-and-let-them-get-know-you <p> <strong>Published:</strong> November 13, 2020 by Jillian Collins </p> <p> Effort makes for a great network. The networking bit is always a bit of a hurdle. It can be awkward to approach someone to be a mentor or join a group that appeals to your career aspirations. Career confidence in networking starts when you take initiative to get to know “your network” as individual people just like you. </p><p><a href="https://ischool.sjsu.edu/career-blog/get-know-your-network-and-let-them-get-know-you" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://ischool.sjsu.edu/career-blog/get-know-your-network-and-let-them-get-know-you#comments Career Blog Career Blog Career Blog: Career Strategy Career Blog: Networking Career Blog: Skills Career Blog: Social Media and Careers Fri, 13 Nov 2020 23:34:00 +0000 Jillian Collins 6456 at https://ischool.sjsu.edu Take a Look at Your MLIS Skills at Work https://ischool.sjsu.edu/career-blog/take-look-your-mlis-skills-work <p> <strong>Published:</strong> November 11, 2020 by Jillian Collins </p> <p> The puzzle of finding a job. We’ve all been there, searching for that missing piece: the words that make sense; sighing at results that require experience we don’t know or have. The options, though, are more than you would think. The&nbsp;<a href= "/sites/main/files/file-attachments/career_trends.pdf">MLIS Skills at Work: A Snapshot of Job Titles</a> report takes a&nbsp;look&nbsp;at current trends, needs, and actual job postings broken down to show you what is out there and&nbsp;what career might be looking for you. </p><p><a href="https://ischool.sjsu.edu/career-blog/take-look-your-mlis-skills-work" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://ischool.sjsu.edu/career-blog/take-look-your-mlis-skills-work#comments Career Blog Career Blog Career Blog: Career Strategy Career Blog: Job Search Career Blog: Skills Wed, 11 Nov 2020 18:38:00 +0000 Jillian Collins 6451 at https://ischool.sjsu.edu Take a Virtual Selfie of Your Career Preferences with this Valuable Tool https://ischool.sjsu.edu/career-blog/take-virtual-selfie-your-career-preferences-valuable-tool <p> <strong>Published:</strong> October 19, 2020 by Jillian Collins </p> <p> Imagine asking yourself a set of “career preference” questions five years ago, the same questions five years from now, and those very same questions today: would the three of ‘you’ agree that you prefer working within a youth library, or that you prefer academic libraries? How many co-workers make up your ideal work setting? And do you like what you are doing?&nbsp;Depending on how much work experience you’ve had so far, you may not be sure about your responses, but that just means that now is the perfect time to take advantage of one of the most useful career resources,&nbsp;the <a href= "/self-assessment">self-assessment.</a> Even better, keep it updated as you progress through the program and you’re exposed to new ideas and career options. Consider the self-assessment as an extremely valuable career check in and check list. </p><p><a href="https://ischool.sjsu.edu/career-blog/take-virtual-selfie-your-career-preferences-valuable-tool" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://ischool.sjsu.edu/career-blog/take-virtual-selfie-your-career-preferences-valuable-tool#comments Career Blog Career Blog Career Blog: Choosing a Career Mon, 19 Oct 2020 23:50:00 +0000 Jillian Collins 6426 at https://ischool.sjsu.edu How to Overcome the Work Experience Catch-22 https://ischool.sjsu.edu/career-blog/how-overcome-work-experience-catch-22 <p><strong>Published:</strong> October 13, 2020 by iSchool Career Advisor</p> <p>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.</p><p><a href="https://ischool.sjsu.edu/career-blog/how-overcome-work-experience-catch-22" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://ischool.sjsu.edu/career-blog/how-overcome-work-experience-catch-22#comments Career Blog Career Blog Career Blog: Career Strategy Career Blog: Internships Tue, 13 Oct 2020 18:16:00 +0000 Marie Myers 6349 at https://ischool.sjsu.edu Asking Questions in the Interview https://ischool.sjsu.edu/career-blog/asking-questions-interview <p><strong>Published:</strong> October 11, 2020 by iSchool Career Advisor</p> <p>Preparing for an interview and wondering whether you should ask questions?</p><p><a href="https://ischool.sjsu.edu/career-blog/asking-questions-interview" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://ischool.sjsu.edu/career-blog/asking-questions-interview#comments Career Blog Career Blog Career Blog: Interviewing Sun, 11 Oct 2020 20:25:00 +0000 Marie Myers 6351 at https://ischool.sjsu.edu Top Skills Information Professionals Need to Succeed https://ischool.sjsu.edu/career-blog/top-skills-information-professionals-need-succeed <p><strong>Published:</strong> October 9, 2020 by iSchool Career Advisor</p> <p><em>Library Journal</em> surveyed academic and public library directors, as well as some LIS movers and shakers, to learn what <a href="https://www.libraryjournal.com/?detailStory=top-skills-for-tomorrows-librarians-careers-2016#_">skills they think librarians will need in the next 20 years</a>. For students, that means having the 11 skills on this list will help you get a job. Do any of these look familiar? They should: <a href="/career-blog/learn-market-your-skills">as an iSchool student, you are honing a lot of marketable skills</a>.</p><p><a href="https://ischool.sjsu.edu/career-blog/top-skills-information-professionals-need-succeed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://ischool.sjsu.edu/career-blog/top-skills-information-professionals-need-succeed#comments Career Blog Career Blog Career Blog: Cover Letters Career Blog: Skills Fri, 09 Oct 2020 20:41:00 +0000 Marie Myers 6353 at https://ischool.sjsu.edu Expand Your Network Online https://ischool.sjsu.edu/career-blog/expand-your-network-online <p><strong>Published:</strong> October 7, 2020 by iSchool Career Advisor</p> <p>Learning how to find great information sources will go a long way towards making you a better student&nbsp;<em>and</em> LIS professional. Here’s how!</p><p><a href="https://ischool.sjsu.edu/career-blog/expand-your-network-online" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://ischool.sjsu.edu/career-blog/expand-your-network-online#comments Career Blog Career Blog Career Blog: Networking Wed, 07 Oct 2020 20:55:00 +0000 Marie Myers 6354 at https://ischool.sjsu.edu Write for the Job? Strengthen Workplace Writing Skills with the SJSU Writing Center https://ischool.sjsu.edu/career-blog/write-job-strengthen-workplace-writing-skills-sjsu-writing-center <p> <strong>Published:</strong> October 7, 2020 by Jillian Collins </p> <p> A well-written 14-page paper is great for a grade. But would you want to read a 14-page email? Probably not! This is why you need the expertise of the SJSU Writing Center, an incredibly valuable professional development resource often overlooked by students. As you launch your career, you’re likely to find that the employer who wants you also wants you to be an effective business communicator. That’s where the Writing Center can provide you with a career competitive edge. </p><p><a href="https://ischool.sjsu.edu/career-blog/write-job-strengthen-workplace-writing-skills-sjsu-writing-center" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://ischool.sjsu.edu/career-blog/write-job-strengthen-workplace-writing-skills-sjsu-writing-center#comments Career Blog Career Blog Career Blog: Career Strategy Career Blog: Interviewing Career Blog: Job Search Career Blog: Skills Wed, 07 Oct 2020 19:29:00 +0000 Jillian Collins 6401 at https://ischool.sjsu.edu You Are the Best Candidate! https://ischool.sjsu.edu/career-blog/you-are-best-candidate <p><strong>Published:</strong> October 5, 2020 by iSchool Career Advisor</p> <p>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.</p><p><a href="https://ischool.sjsu.edu/career-blog/you-are-best-candidate" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://ischool.sjsu.edu/career-blog/you-are-best-candidate#comments Career Blog Career Blog Career Blog: Interviewing Mon, 05 Oct 2020 21:13:00 +0000 Marie Myers 6355 at https://ischool.sjsu.edu Social Media Accounts for LIS Students & Professionals https://ischool.sjsu.edu/career-blog/social-media-accounts-lis-students-professionals <p><strong>Published:</strong> October 3, 2020 by iSchool Career Advisor</p> <p>[image:14687, image left]</p> <p>Social media can help you find a job in archives, library, and other information career environments.</p><p><a href="https://ischool.sjsu.edu/career-blog/social-media-accounts-lis-students-professionals" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://ischool.sjsu.edu/career-blog/social-media-accounts-lis-students-professionals#comments Career Blog Career Blog Career Blog: Social Media and Careers Sat, 03 Oct 2020 21:18:00 +0000 Marie Myers 6356 at https://ischool.sjsu.edu 5 Things Not to Do When You’re Looking for a Job https://ischool.sjsu.edu/career-blog/5-things-not-do-when-youre-looking-job <p><strong>Published:</strong> October 1, 2020 by iSchool Career Advisor</p> <p>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.</p><p><a href="https://ischool.sjsu.edu/career-blog/5-things-not-do-when-youre-looking-job" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://ischool.sjsu.edu/career-blog/5-things-not-do-when-youre-looking-job#comments Career Blog Career Blog Career Blog: Job Search Thu, 01 Oct 2020 21:34:00 +0000 Marie Myers 6357 at https://ischool.sjsu.edu Networking and Your Personal Style https://ischool.sjsu.edu/career-blog/networking-and-your-personal-style <p><strong>Published:</strong> September 29, 2020 by iSchool Career Advisor</p> <p>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, here’s an alternate approach that could appeal to apprehensive networkers.</p><p><a href="https://ischool.sjsu.edu/career-blog/networking-and-your-personal-style" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://ischool.sjsu.edu/career-blog/networking-and-your-personal-style#comments Career Blog Career Blog Career Blog: Networking Wed, 30 Sep 2020 00:25:00 +0000 Marie Myers 6358 at https://ischool.sjsu.edu