Category Archives: Career Advancement

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

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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