Category Archives: Career Advancement

How to Avoid Being Labeled Overqualified for a Job

Have you ever been denied a job because the employer thought you were overqualified? Often, being told you’re overqualified for a position is code for being considered too old for a job. Unfortunately, according to the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), ageism is still rampant in the job market.

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) forbids age discrimination against people who are age 40 or older. The law prohibits discrimination in any aspect of employment, including hiring, Read the rest

Career Development Sessions at ALA Midwinter Meeting

In addition to offering career counseling, mentoring, resume reviews, and mock interviewing, the ALA JobLIST Placement and Career Development Center will host several career development sessions (listed below) during the upcoming ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia. They will be held in the Terrace Ballroom of the Pennsylvania Convention Center. There is no cost to attend. Registration is not required. For information on other programs and activities being held in the Center, visit the workshops page.

  • Mid-Career Options: What’s Next
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Eight Signals You Send More Than Anything Else During an Interview

Have you ever been in an interview as a job candidate and started rambling during one of your responses to a question? Or, have you ever practiced so much for an interview that you felt like a robot as you gave answers to anticipated questions? How did you feel after the interview? Did you hope the interviewer didn’t notice that you were not concise in your response? Were you praying that the interviewer found you warm and friendly (but you Read the rest

Career Guidance Sessions at the ALA 2020 Midwinter Meeting

If you plan to attend the ALA 2020 Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia next month (Jan. 24-28, 2020), and you’re looking for resources to help you navigate your career, consider attending the sessions listed below. They are being hosted in the ALA JobLIST Placement & Career Development Center and held in the Philadelphia Convention Center.

SATURDAY, January 25, 2020

  • 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.; Mid-Career Options: What’s Next for You?
  • 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.; Insider Tips on Applying for Library
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Seven Signs Your Job Security is at Risk

Has your supervisor been a bit short with you lately? Has one of your team members asked you to train them to do something that you normally do? Have you been excluded from meetings that you would normally attend? Do things and people at work just feel a bit ‘off’ to you? You may wonder if you’re being paranoid. But pay attention if clues seem to keep adding up. There are many reasons why you may find your job security Read the rest

Nine Signs an Employee Deserves a Promotion (Which Never Appear on Performance Evaluations)

Have you been in your current position for a while? Are you starting to wonder what you need to do to move up in your library/organization?  Along with, “How do I get a raise?” one of the most common questions that even exceptional employees ask their boss is, “What can I do to get promoted?” Some people believe that all you need to do is complete specific tasks, gain a certain amount of experience, or simply be the next in Read the rest

Five Skills You Should Highlight on Your Resume

If someone says to you, “I have a job for which I think you’d be perfect. Email me your resume,” would you have one ready to send immediately? Unless you’re frustrated with your current job, your supervisor or your co-workers, you probably haven’t touched your resume since the last time you were in job-search mode. This is a mistake. If you haven’t updated your resume in a while, you may find that some resume expectations have changed.

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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