New York City’s large concentration of libraries creates a steady stream of job opportunities for librarians and information professionals at all types of libraries. However, finding and taking advantage of those opportunities can be a challenge, especially with five regional schools of library science graduating hundreds of new professionals every year. To help you start your job hunt we’ve compiled this list of resources and tips for job-hunters. Included are online job resources for local and national job boards as well as specific types of libraries, and a list of timely tips to help you be the best job candidate you can be.
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Useful Websites for Job Hunters:
- Library Job Postings on the Internet
- Library Journal (click on “Careers” tab)
- LLAGNY Local Library Recruiters List
- LIS Career
- Career Q&A with the Library Career People
- Monster career advice
- Palmer School of Library and Information Science Job Hunting Resources
- The Networked Librarian
- NY State Dept of Labor:
- Quint Careers
- SLACareer Center
- SLA-NY Joblog
Job Hunting Tips:
- Remember that most jobs are filled via networking; some are never advertised anywhere
- When networking and job hunting, focus on what you can do for those in your network, rather than what you are seeking.
- Networking should be online and face-to-face.
- Prepare a 30-second “elevator speech” to tell potential contacts what you have to offer
- Search your name in online search engines to see what info is retrieved; do everything you can to control what is found and make sure there is nothing you wouldn’t want a potential employer to see.
- Facebook – check your privacy settings regularly, stay informed about how FB is using your information, and take care with what you post and who may be seeing it (for many of us there is overlap between contacts on LinkedIn and friends on FB).
- You must be able to sell yourself, in writing and verbally, for the specific job you are applying for – customize your resume, your cover letter and your verbal “pitch.”
- Consider volunteering to try something new, gain experience, make new contacts, and bridge what would otherwise be a gap in your resume.
- Other ways you can contribute to the profession when you are job hunting: mentor a student, write, teach, start a blog, serve on a committee or task force, work at or participate in events of local libraries or library organizations (these also provide networking opportunities and can enrich your resume).
- You must be positive and enthusiastic in your encounters with your contacts and in a job interview – visualizing success can help you to maintain your confidence.
- Soft skills (including “people skills” or “emotional intelligence”) and flexibility are also important to employers and strong assets for your career success – hiring managers want to be sure that you be a good fit for the job, that you will get along with other employees, and that you will be able to adapt to a rapidly changing work environment.