Category Archives: Career Advancement

Politics and Partnerships eCourse Begins Soon

If you are interested in learning how to work with social, political and economic entities in order to promote, enhance and gain support for your library’s programs and services, consider taking a six (6) week, online asynchronous course. Starting September 16, 2019, the course is designed to provide participants with the ability to identify social/political/economic issues that may affect the library, the populations it serves, or its services. Participants will learn to develop relationships with people who can exercise influence Read the rest

What to Do When You Don’t Get a Promotion

Have you ever applied for a job and didn’t get it? Most of us have. There are very few people who have gotten every job for which they have applied. How did you feel when you learned that you did not get the job? Were you upset? Did you feel rejected? Or did you try to act as if you didn’t really want the job anyway, so it was no big deal? Being passed over for a promotion—particularly when you Read the rest

Eight Things You Should Never Share at Work

We spend a good percentage of our time each week at work. It’s only natural that we share details about ourselves with the people with whom we work. Sharing the right aspects of yourself in the right ways can be a great way to network and build strong relationships. However, disclosures that feel like relationship builders at the moment can wind up as obvious faux pas with hindsight. Trouble is, you can’t build a strong professional network if you don’t Read the rest

Soft Skills Can Show Up Everywhere!

By Caitlin Williams, Ph.D.

Hello Everyone and Happy Summer! 

Like many of you, I have recently returned from ALA’s Annual Conference.  As the career coach at ALA’s conferences, I have the privilege of meeting with many of you and assisting with career guidance.

This month, I thought it would be helpful to share some of the questions that library workers asked me about during our career counseling sessions at the Conference.  First, I believe that sharing these questions will give Read the rest

What to Do After a Bad Interview

Congratulations! You got the interview! How exciting. Your foot is in the door. Now what? As thrilling as this can be, it can also be a bit scary. Once you arrive for the interview, do you begin to lose confidence? Do you start to question yourself and your abilities? Do you worry that you did not do enough research on the library? Do you rehearse in your mind answers to the questions you know they will ask? Sometimes you can Read the rest

How Much Time Do You Waste at Work Each Day?

How do you spend most of your time at work? Do you put out fires all day long? Do you respond to emails for a large portion of your day? Are you in meetings? Do you spend time chatting with co-workers who just stop by? Do you often feel like you’re not getting much accomplished because of other people’s demands on your time? If you said yes, you’re not alone. The number of distractions and interruptions we experience in any Read the rest

Four Things for New Graduates to Consider Before Accepting Your First Job

New graduates usually experience excitement as they shake the hand of university presidents and pick up their diplomas. They eagerly (and sometimes anxiously) anticipate starting new careers. But this sentiment can quickly turn to discouragement with the realization that launching the perfect career is not as easy as you may have thought. If you didn’t begin your job search months before graduation, you might be in for a rude awakening. A successful job search can take months. If you’re not Read the rest

How to Work for a Boss Who Has Unrealistic Expectations

Every manager occasionally has unrealistic expectations. But some supervisors are unrealistic most of the time. Perhaps they don’t consider the facts or limitations of projects. Or maybe they habitually refer to their past experiences at other libraries/organizations rather than to the people and events in the current workplace environment. When you work for someone like this, you can feel like you’re being set up to fail. You may have relevant data or experience that suggests your boss ought to consider Read the rest

It’s OK to Say No to a Promotion

Last week I attended a women’s conference. One of the speakers focused her presentation on a recent study on women CEOs. She gave quite a bit of statistics related to the characteristics of female CEOs. As I sat listening to the speaker, I realized that I was not fully engaged. I was thinking to myself, “This session should have been an elective.” I did not feel that the information was relevant to the full audience. Later, while discussing the session Read the rest

Empathy: Tips for Improving Workplace Interactions

With so much going on in our own lives (e.g. taking care of sick family members, being assigned new projects, etc.), at times it can be difficult to have empathy for other people. What is empathy? It is the ability to understand the feelings, emotions, thoughts and attitudes of others. It means showing compassion. Learning to be empathetic involves being an active listener, looking at situations from another person’s point of view and taking their concerns into consideration. The author Read the rest