Category Archives: Career Advancement

3 Things to Do Right Now to Keep Your Career Safe in the Economic Downturn

I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you about the current economic environment. If you’ve gone to the grocery store, purchased gas for a vehicle, bought clothes for children, etc. you know that prices of nearly everything have increased over the last several months. People are concerned that the steady increase in costs will spill over into the employment realm and begin to impact jobs. It can be a bit disconcerting. On the one hand, we hear that the Read the rest

How to Fix the Problem with Lack of Focus

How often have you found yourself reading something over and over but not absorbing it; zoning out in meetings; frequently switching between tasks; listening to people but having your mind wander; working on things that are other people’s priorities; not making considerable progress on your most important tasks; feeling tired and depleted? All of these can be signs that you may be struggling with your ability to focus. These days, we’re bombarded with all types of distractions —emails, pop-up ads, Read the rest

Learn… Network… Celebrate at LibLearnX

Join your peers and colleagues at the first-ever, in-person LibLearnX event, January 27-30, 2023 in New Orleans! Registration is now open.

The 2023 LibLearnX: The Library Learning Experience (LLX) is a four-day learning conference that invites ALA members and non-members to participate in collaborative and engaging education, networking, and celebrations. Designed as an active learning experience, LibLearnX will offer a diverse selection of more than 120 education sessions. Participate in solution-based collaborative education where you will discuss topics that are Read the rest

Pay Transparency in Job Postings

Has this ever happened to you? While browsing through online job postings, you find a fantastic job opportunity that perfectly aligns with your passion, skills, and expertise. You read through the job description with growing excitement until you get to the section on compensation, where you read: salary offered is commensurate with experience. There is no salary given —not even a range. How frustrating is this? You wonder if you should waste your time. You don’t want to apply for Read the rest

Eight Tips to Help New Managers Start Out Right

As a new manager, you will be expected to help others succeed and develop as you work together to meet your library’s/organization’s goals. The truth is that the knowledge and skills that make you a great team player won’t necessarily make you a great manager. When you become a new manager, it can feel like you must learn a thousand new things (i.e., delegating, giving effective feedback, coaching supervisees, managing a variety of personalities, etc.). It can be an exciting Read the rest

Should You Return to a Job You Quit?

Have you ever quit a job and then wished you hadn’t? Often, we can feel fed-up with one job —frustrated with leadership, the lack of flexibility, or the stagnant salary. We can be lured away to what we believe will be greener pastures with the promise of more autonomy, better pay, or more work/life balance. But sometimes we can move to a new job and find that it’s not all we thought it would be. Maybe the position doesn’t present Read the rest

What To Do If Your Job Offer Is Rescinded

You send in your resume, land an interview, get a second interview, land the job, sign all the paperwork, and call your family and friends to let them know that they can stop asking about jobs for you because you have a job offer. Then your potential employer rescinds your offer days before your start date. You’re devastated. How do you move forward and begin looking for a job all over again? 

Although we’ve heard about how great things are Read the rest

You Could Be ‘Quiet Quitting’ Your Job and Not Even Know It

Do you go to work, turn on your computer, and feel uninspired and unmotivated to do anything? Do you waste time scrolling through email to avoid starting work? Perhaps you were in a meeting where the staff was asked to brainstorm ideas and didn’t even pretend to devise creative solutions. Have you gotten to the point where you are doing what your job description says and nothing more? Have you stopped taking on additional projects, not volunteering for extra work, Read the rest

6 Behaviors That Could Keep You From Becoming a Great Manager or Leader

How often have you felt like quitting a job because of something your manager said or did? Did they take credit for the work you did? Did they micromanage every project? Did they disregard your ideas and opinions? Did they lack compassion and empathy for their team members? Were they bullies?

Most of us have heard the saying that ‘people don’t leave bad jobs; they leave bad bosses.’ Of course, not everyone leaves a job because they have a horrible Read the rest

If You’re About To Quit Your Job, Delete These 5 Things From Your Computer

Usually, when you quit a job, a myriad of activities must be attended to before your final day of work. Some things require little thought (i.e., cleaning out your desk, taking personal items home, transitioning projects, etc.). However, there are several actions that you want to be sure not to overlook. According to this article, there is one crucial step before you bid your old job farewell: deleting your files. If it is an amicable ‘break-up,’ you may be Read the rest