Category Archives: Career Advancement

Career Development Planning: 10 Tips for Employers to Help Staff

When considering a new position, people often wonder about career paths and growth possibilities within the library/organization. Managers who are willing to work with employees to offer guidance on advancing within their library may have employees who remain motivated and loyal. The author of this article suggests that managers who lay out what an employee can achieve and what it will take to make it happen can significantly increase retention of their staff and provide focus. However, employees should not Read the rest

Are You Ready to Advance in Your Career?

Has the past year left you feeling restless in your current job and ready to move up? Maybe you feel that you have the potential to advance but don’t quite feel prepared for the next step up. Do you need to learn any new knowledge or skills? Perhaps taking a short course to enhance your opportunities for career advancement is something to consider. Listed below are a few upcoming courses that might help prepare you. All courses are online, asynchronous Read the rest

Preparing for One’s Future: Activities for Creating Lines on the Resume

By Dr. Loriene Roy

During this extraordinary time of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is essential to remember that students are still enrolling in graduate schools of library and information studies and continuing their studies. In the mix of this complex learning environment, students are not only attending to their course requirements, but they are also preparing, from their first day of class, for their job search. Students are understandably worried about how the pandemic is affecting the job market. Students Read the rest

How Finding a Job Will Be Different This Year

Finally, 2020 is behind us. We are hopeful that things will improve soon, allowing us to envision a return to life as we knew it pre-pandemic. Although it may take some time, we expect 2021 to bring some normalcy back to the workplace and life in general. Last year, we were forced to be flexible as we endured many changes to get us through (e.g., working from home, meeting virtually, home-schooling children as we attempted to do our full-time jobs, Read the rest

4 Things You Cannot Leave Off Your Resume After This Year

For the past year, the ALA Executive Board has hosted a series of monthly conversations with the ALA membership community. Initially, a focus of ALA President Julius C. Jefferson, Jr., the virtual discussions coined ALA Connect Live’ was an opportunity to bring the library community together to discuss issues and challenges facing the profession. The conversation for December was focused on LIS students and provided students with an opportunity to have an open dialogue with ALA Executive Read the rest

7 Tips to Manage Change When Everything Is a Priority

Have you ever had a list of projects where everything was a priority? It can be easy to start your day by pouring yourself a cup of coffee or tea, preparing a “to do” list, and settling in for a productive day’s work. Then, as you begin to review your list, your supervisor sends an email or calls with a new project that must be done by the end of the week. (Today is Wednesday.)  You can become overwhelmed with Read the rest

Career Coaching Sessions Available

In conjunction with the ALA Midwinter 2021 Virtual Event, the ALA JobLIST Placement & Career Development Center will be hosting individual career coaching sessions on Wednesday and Thursday, January 27th & 28th, 2021. This service is complimentary and completely confidential. Sign-up now as there are a limited number of appointments.

Prepare to recharge your career by meeting with a professional counselor who can guide you in strategizing for the next phase of your career, solving a Read the rest

Upcoming Continuing Education Courses

Thinking about taking a short course to enhance your opportunities for career advancement? Consider enrolling in one of the following online, asynchronous six-week courses. They are open to anyone who desires to learn more about specific topics.

Organization & Personnel ManagementBegins Nov. 30, 2020; REGISTER

In this course, participants will learn how to:

  • Write effective personnel policies;
  • Determine key legal issues involved in hiring and managing staff;
  • Describe the benefits and steps in conducting a staff study;
  • Practice
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Still Time to Register

The ALA JobLIST Placement & Career Development Center will be hosting several webinars during the month of July. Each one-hour session will be held on a Wednesday, from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Central). You may register for any or all of them. Space is limited, so register early. See the June issue of Library Worklife for full descriptions.

  • July 15 – Action and Balance: Using Narrative and Self-Compassion on the Job Hunt
    Register
  • July 22 – How to Advance
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Preparing Yourself to Return to the Workplace

By Beatrice Calvin, M.A. Counseling, CDF

Many of you know that ALA recently moved our headquarter office. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been a long and arduous undertaking. Last week, I had to go to the new facility to unpack my crates. I must admit that I was extremely anxious. I couldn’t sleep, and I had a headache for several days before going to the office. I knew it was stress brought on by the fact that I Read the rest