Category Archives: Career Advancement

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
  • 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

JobLIST Placement & Career Development Center Hosting Sessions

We understand that things may be tough right now. Many are feeling stressed and overwhelmed. We want to help. 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.

July 8 – Wellness: Managing Stress and Taking Care of Yourself
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How to Look for a New Job While You Are Furloughed

The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in record levels of unemployment. To meet financial obligations and budget shortfalls, many employers have resorted to furloughs. If the economy does not recover fast enough, it is possible furloughs could become layoffs – meaning that workers will not be returning to work with the same employer. If you have been furloughed, or think it may be coming, you should get prepared. A furlough can be an opportunity to reassess your career without any guilt. Read the rest

Interview with Award-Winning Academic Librarian Randi L. Ashton-Pritting, Ed.D.

By Karen M. Rider, M.A.

This month’s interview is with Randi Ashton-Pritting, Director, Mortensen Library at the University of Hartford in Connecticut. An award-winning librarian, Randi did not begin her career in library science. In fact, she was rejected by the first graduate school she applied to—even though she had library work experience! She found her way into librarianship by starting in the academic stacks. Randi navigated through roles in cataloging, reference, and acquisitions to land at the director’s desk. Read the rest

10 Tips for Working Remotely from Home — With or Without Kids

We know that most of the world’s workforce is quite unexpectedly working from home. For those who typically work from home one or two days a week, it’s no big deal. For those new to working from home, this can be a challenging time. It can be especially tricky when everyone – kids, spouse/partner, pets, etc. – is at home at the same time. It often becomes difficult to separate work time from family time. It can feel as though Read the rest

Get the Skills You Need to Land the Job You Want

By Terri Gotschall, MLIS, AHIP and Melodie Gardner, MLIS, AHIP

Building the skills needed to have a competitive resume, or for academia a curriculum vitae (CV), can be a daunting task, especially when one is new to the library profession. This series describes one practical model for new librarians, or those still getting their degrees, to build their resumes or CVs with the skills employers are seeking. In part one of the series, readers will learn ways to gain meaningful Read the rest

Time to Learn Something New

Do you need to prepare for new responsibilities or new opportunities? Are you looking to gain knowledge and improve skills without investing a lot time? If so, consider taking one of the following online, asynchronous sessions. We’ve given brief details for each course which lasts six (6) weeks. 

Fundraising/Grantsmanship – [4/6/2020 – 5/17/2020]

Participants discover how to: 

  • Identify funding needs of the library and fundraising opportunities;
  • Formulate compelling reasons/stories for seeking external funds; and
  • Understand donor relations.

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Signs the Job You’re Applying for Could Be a Nightmare

What would be a nightmare job for you? Would it be a supervisor who doesn’t know the first thing about managing people? Would it include co-workers who gossip about each other and create a negative environment? Would it be a workplace that does not value its people, doesn’t give pay increases, doesn’t offer opportunities for growth or plan activities for its employees’ well-being? Some things you can’t discover about a job or workplace until you are in a position. However, Read the rest

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