Category Archives: Career Advancement

Can a Job Title Change Your Behavior?

Most libraries have standard job titles such as cataloger, technical services librarian, youth services librarian and instruction librarian. But what if you could make up your own job title? As a library worker, do you think you would feel better about yourself if you had a more impressive sounding title? According to this article, research suggests that job titles have the power to improve our well-being and sense of control. They can boost our perceived social status. Researchers also Read the rest

Courses to Help You Reach Your Career Development Goals

The ALA Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR) will be offering a variety of online, asynchronous courses to help library workers achieve career development goals. Cost per course is $350 for ALA members and $400 for non-members. A list of upcoming courses is included below.

Library Marketing | REGISTER

Dates: November 13 – December 22, 2017

Description:  This course is designed to provide participants with an introduction to basic marketing management and how these principles apply in Read the rest

Preparing for a Job Interview? You Should Know How to Answer Work-Life Balance Questions

Whenever you have a job interview, it’s standard practice to prepare to answer questions such as ‘What are your strengths/weaknesses?’ or ‘How did you handle a recent problem?’  The hiring manager’s goal in asking many questions, is to gain insight into who you are and how you work so that she can find the person who’ll be the best fit for the position. According to this article, some employers are now asking questions to gauge your work/life balance. The Read the rest

Time to Update Your Skills

By Beatrice Calvin

It’s that time of year again—classes are back in session. You may not want to go back to school, but you can still take courses to improve some areas of your life. Keep in mind that one sure way to increase your chances of getting a promotion or a new work assignment, is to improve your knowledge and skill level. In coming months, the ALA Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR) will be offering several Read the rest

10 Rules for Driving Positive Change

Are there people at work that you look forward to seeing each day? Are there other people that you dread running into? — You know, those negative people who drain your energy and rob you of your good feelings. So how do you shake free of the negative people and drive positive change no matter where you are? This article shares 10 simple but powerful rules for overcoming common life and work obstacles to help bring out the best in Read the rest

Four Reasons Recruiters Throw Out Your Resume

If you’ve ever spent time completing an online job application, only to never hear a word back from the employer, you understand the frustration that many job seekers experience. The author of this article suggests that many job seekers don’t understand that most employers use automated tools to help them narrow down the search process. The author gives four possible reasons why your resume may get thrown out before it ever makes it into the hands of hiring managers.… Read the rest

Three eCourses to Improve Your Skills Start Soon

The ALA Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR) announces the start of 3 six-week eCourses: Current Issues, Budget & Finance, and Politics & Partnerships. The asynchronous sessions cost $300 each. To register, visit the HRDR course offerings website.

The first eCourse, Current Issues, which will be facilitated by Catherine Hakala-Ausperk, begins Monday, August 7 and ends September 17, 2017.

Learning Objectives:

With the knowledge gained from this eCourse, you will be able to:

  • Identify
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5 Outdated Career Tips That People Should Really Stop Sharing

Advice about what is appropriate behavior for the workplace and career advancement has been around for decades. Things like, check the spelling on your resume before sending it out, or don’t wear dirty, wrinkled clothes to an interview, have stood the test of time and still works. However, there is some advice that, according to this article, have become outdated. The author lists five things that she thinks should no longer be adhered to along with a rationale.  Read the rest

Planning and Management of Buildings eCourse Starting Soon

A six-week Planning and Management of Buildings course starts Monday, June 26, 2017.  The online asynchronous sessions will be available on six sequential Mondays.  The cost of the course is $300.  REGISTER now.

This is the course for you if you want to learn how to develop and plan maintenance of a facility, determine capital needs and budgets, and understand the elements of a construction project.

This course is designed to help the participant in the context of their own Read the rest

Habits that Make You Appear Unprofessional at Work

Sometimes we all need to be reminded of basic work rules. Simple things like showing up on time for meetings or not leaving dirty lunch dishes in the sink can make a big difference in how you’re viewed by others. You may not realize it, but you could be engaging in workplace habits that make you look unprofessional. In addition to annoying coworkers, your behavior could prevent you from getting a much-desired promotion. This article gives a list of 27 Read the rest