Volume 14, No. 7 • July 2017


Career Advancement

  • Four Reasons Recruiters Throw Out Your Resume

    If you’ve ever spent time completing an online job application, only to never hear a word back from the employer, you understand the frustration that many job seekers experience. The author of this article suggests that many job seekers don’t understand that most employers use automated tools to help them narrow down the search process. The author gives four possible reasons why your resume may get thrown out before it ever makes it into the hands of hiring managers.… Read the rest

  • Three eCourses to Improve Your Skills Start Soon

    The ALA Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR) announces the start of 3 six-week eCourses: Current Issues, Budget & Finance, and Politics & Partnerships. The asynchronous sessions cost $300 each. To register, visit the HRDR course offerings website.

    The first eCourse, Current Issues, which will be facilitated by Catherine Hakala-Ausperk, begins Monday, August 7 and ends September 17, 2017.

    Learning Objectives:

    With the knowledge gained from this eCourse, you will be able to:

    • Identify
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HR Practice

  • Stay Interviews Have Become the New Exit Interviews

    Human Resource professionals may be accustomed to conducting exit interviews. But wouldn’t you prefer to keep your employees for long term? So why not ask them what motivates them and keeps them working for your library or organization before they decide to leave? Stay interviews are designed to do just that.  According to this article, stay interviews can help you proactively understand what employees love about your library—and what is getting in the way of retention. This article provides … Read the rest


  • Important Steps to Take in the Years Before You Retire

    After a certain age, the idea of retirement begins to take on new meaning and greater significance. The decisions you make during the last ten years of your career are critical to your ability to enjoy retirement. This article lists some important things to consider along with steps to take (other than saving as much as possible) to help make your transition from full-time work to retirement a successful one.… Read the rest

  • Minimum Wage Updates

    According to a recent Pay Matters newsletter, the following wage increases went into effect on July 1st. Washington, DC minimum wage increased to $12.50 from $11.50; in Maryland, to $9.25 from $8.75; and in Oregon, the standard hourly minimum wage increased to $10.25 from $9.75, the Portland metro minimum wage increased to $11.25 from $9.75; and the nonurban counties minimum wage increased to $10 from $9.50.

    Local minimum wage changes also took effect in municipalities in Arizona (Flagstaff), California … Read the rest


  • Want to Achieve Your Greatest Dream? Ask Yourself One Question: What If

    Are there things you would really like to do but just don’t seem to have the time to even think about, much less begin? Perhaps you’d like to start a new leisure activity, or take a self-enrichment class, or start a new business. The author of this article invites you to consider a persistent challenge you face – one that you’d be willing to make a major life change for, in order to resolve it once and for all. Then … Read the rest

HR Law

  • Can Employers By-Pass Job Applicants for Being Too Qualified? (Code: Too Old)

    If you have ever been in a position where you needed a job—any job—to pay the bills, you probably applied for positions for which you knew you were over-qualified. After waiting days, weeks, even months with no responses to your golden resume, you realize something is wrong. No employers were rushing to hire you. Then you learn that someone who had almost no experience compared to you was offered the position. Infuriated, you’re sure it’s because of your age. Do … Read the rest


  • DPE at ALA Annual Conference

    The Department for Professional Employees, AFL-CIO (DPE) traveled to Chicago several weeks ago to participate in the American Library Association’s (ALA) Annual Conference. DPE’s presence added a union voice to the gathering of nearly 20,000 library professionals. DPE’s Legislative and Outreach Director Michael Wasser co-chairs the AFL-CIO/ALA Labor Committee which sponsored a standing room only program entitled, New Normal: Libraries Navigate Uncertain Times during the ALA Annual Conference.… Read the rest