Category Archives: Career Advancement

7 Unspoken Job Interview Rules

How often have you left a job interview, unsure how you fared? Sometimes you can leave an interview confident that the job will be yours. Other times you may have left feeling that you bombed an interview. Often, you may feel like you are in the dark when a job interview ends. Can you tell what hiring managers really thought about how well you did? If you know someone on the hiring panel, you may be able to garner inside Read the rest

Take Steps to Modernize Your Resume

When was the last time you looked at your resume? Was it when you applied for your current position? We’ve all heard the recommendation always to keep your resume updated. Do you follow this advice? You probably know that the rules you learned from your parents, your counselors, or your teachers may be outdated at this point. Do you know what makes a good resume today? Are there things you should remove from your resume? Should you change your old … Read the rest

Preparing for Your First (or Next) Job Webinar

The ALA JobLIST Placement & Career Development Services will host a complimentary webinar, Preparing for Your First (or Next) Job, on Wednesday, April 27, 2022, 1:00pm (EST). Space is limited. Register now.

If you are wondering what it takes to prepare for an effective job search so you get the job you really want, then you should attend this session —particularly if you will soon be a new graduate. Our presenters will go beyond the typical dos and don’ts. Our Read the rest

Accepting Career Coaching Appointments

The ALA JobLIST Placement & Career Development Service will host complimentary virtual career coaching sessions on Wednesday and Thursday, June 8th & 9th, 2022. Each one-on-one session is open to any library worker or library school student, and completely confidential. Sign up now for an appointment.

Recharge your career by meeting with a professional counselor. The counselor can guide you in strategizing for the next phase of your career, solving a problem in your current job situation, defining goals, and/or Read the rest

Why Managers Need Leadership Development Too

A manager’s role is far more than supervisory in today’s workplace. The expectation is for the manager to be more of a coach than a boss. Managers can play a pivotal role in the engagement and productivity of the teams they lead. Gallup found that managers influence 70% of a team’s engagement. No doubt you’ve heard the saying that people don’t leave bad jobs; they leave bad managers. This brief article suggests that one of the most significant pain points Read the rest

Old Interview Guidance That Is No Longer Relevant

What advice were you given the last time you had a job interview (several years ago, perhaps)?

  • Be polite and on time.
  • Be confident without being arrogant.
  • Be yourself.
  • Be concise, don’t ramble.
  • Avoid bashing previous employers.
  • Express just how interested you are in the job–and why.
  • Show genuine enthusiasm.
  • Smile, laugh, put some heart and emotion into your answers.
  • Anticipate common interview questions.
  • Be prepared with relevant stories about your experiences, triumphs, setbacks, and lessons learned.
  • Ask smart questions
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Get Ready for LibLearnX: The Library Learning Experience Conference

LibLearnX: The Library Learning Experience conference, online January 21-24, 2022, is an entirely new conference experience. It is designed to be an active learning opportunity with a variety of session types. From hands-on workshops to “bite-sized” informal offerings, you can create a schedule to match your learning style and objectives. 

At LibLearnX, you’ll hear what’s working now (and what’s not) in libraries across the country. You’ll also engage with peers and respected library experts to define solutions that Read the rest

The Mindset of a Lifelong Learner

How many times over the years have you heard that libraries are going away or that there will no longer be a need for library workers due to technology? It may be true that technology has changed the way many industries operate, and many processes have been transformed because of technology. However, countless articles* and reports extol the value of libraries and library workers. They seem to indicate that neither is going to disappear any time soon. But have you Read the rest

10 Habits to Help Advance Your Career

Are you feeling stuck in your current position? Are you longing for something more in your career, but not sure what or how to get it? If you conduct an online search on how to change positions, you can often find a plethora of advice for newer job seekers. But how do you advance in your career if you’ve been working for a while? Even before the start of the pandemic, many libraries and organizations were experiencing budget cuts and … Read the rest

13 Signs You’re Applying for the Wrong Jobs

It seems that every time I open my email, I see an announcement about another staff person leaving the organization. We are not alone.  Since the start of the pandemic, countless news outlets continue to talk about a dramatic increase in resignations across the U.S.  According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 3.6 million people quit their jobs in May of this year alone. NPR reported that people are leaving their jobs searching for more money, more flexibility and Read the rest