Volume 10, No. 5 • May 2013

Spotlight

  • Personal Branding

    By John Mack Freeman

    Everyone has a brand. Whether you’re managing it or not is an entirely different question.

    I’m getting my MLIS right now, but before this, I was the marketing director of a statewide photography company and I’ve worked in PR and content development for a lot of other people. I think it’s incredibly important to have a personal brand. I know that it’s not something that we like to think about. Everybody wants to be unique and … Read the rest

ALA-APA News

Career Advancement

HR Practice

Recruitment

  • Honest or Not? 10 Questions to Spot Ethical Applicants

    Editors’ note: Permission to reprint granted by BusinessManagementDaily.com. View the original article

    Ethical employees are vital to the productivity of any organization. But when managers interview job candidates, it’s nearly impossible to get a good reading of a person’s moral compass.

    Still, it’s important for hiring managers to know how to weed out candidates who will undercut the company’s values and mission with dishonesty.

    In fact, more than 80% of U.S. workers say they’ve been lied to, stolen from, … Read the rest

  • Recruit at ALA JobLIST Placement Center Open House

    As part of its continuing efforts to provide networking opportunities for employers and job seekers, the ALA JobLIST Placement Center will host an Open House on Sunday, June 30, 2013, from 10:30am – 12:00 noon during the American Library Association’s Annual Conference in Chicago.

    Representatives from various libraries and library-related companies can take advantage of the opportunity to talk with conference attendees about their specific work environments—things that make their place of employment unique. There is no cost to participate … Read the rest

Statistics

  • DOL Publishes Employment Data for April 2013

    The U.S. Department of Labor has published unemployment insurance data for April 2013.

    In the week ending May 4, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 323,000, a decrease of 4,000 from the previous week’s revised figure of 327,000. The 4-week moving average was 336,750, a decrease of 6,250 from the previous week’s revised average of 343,000.

    The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.3 percent for the week ending April 27, unchanged from the prior … Read the rest

  • Gallup: 36% of Managers Report High Levels of Professional Engagement

    According to results of a new survey released by Gallup, 36 percent of “managers, executives and officials” consider themselves “engaged” by their jobs – which the survey defines as “deeply involved in and enthusiastic about their work and actively contributing to their organization.” This self-reporting of professional engagement places managers at the top of 12 different occupation types.

    Ranked immediately below “managers, executives and officials” are “professional workers” (31%) “clerical or office workers” (30%) and “construction or mining workers” (30%).

    Read the rest

Support Staff

Work/Life

HR Law

LW Tip

  • ALA to Host Career Development Facilitator Training

    The American Library Association will host Career Development Facilitator (CDF) sessions at its headquarters in Chicago, June 26 – 27, 2013. The deadline to register is Friday, June 14, 2013.

    As a public librarian, you’re probably seeing more patrons who are requesting resources for guidance in their job search. The impact of the recent recession is still being felt by thousands of Americans who have lost their jobs and can’t figure out how to get a new one.

    It’s also … Read the rest