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1Lori_OGara
Dec 15, 2012, 3:15pm Top

How is the best way to find a position in a library? I will have my MLIS in two semesters. I have started a preliminary job search. There just ins't much out there. I have looked on line at several job sites. I have been in management (not in a library) for 7 years, so I have other extensive job experience.

It is better to just print my resume and hit the streets or use the on line avenues? What have you found to be successful in your job search? What advice would you share with someone in my career change situation?

2waitingtoderail
Edited: Dec 15, 2012, 8:46pm Top

I am in a very similar situation to you. I graduated last year and am still looking. I wish I had better things to tell you. What I've figured out is that the best places to be looking are in the Midwest and Rocky Mountain states and the worst are the Northeast and the South. Volunteer if you can. I can't. Edit - by last year, I mean May 2011.

3Africansky1
Dec 17, 2012, 2:14pm Top

Advice from an academic who has just retired and been in management. 1 prepare an intelligent CV that stands out from the crowd. 2 ensure CV contains an exec summary 3 covering letter for specific job application should talk to what you can offer and why you will add value. 4 network like crazy ... Joint library and professional associations and go to meetings and conferences . learn to promote yourself in the nicest way possible. good luck

4Nymeth
Dec 18, 2012, 5:10am Top

There are some useful tips here: http://hiringlibrarians.com/

Good luck. It took me over a year to find a job after my graduation, and even then it was a paraprofessional position. I know this sounds clich├ęd, but it's important not to get discouraged or lose hope. Things are really hard at the moment and it's only natural to have to look for a while before you find something.

5Cailiosa
Dec 18, 2012, 9:41am Top

I second networking. Pretty much every job I have ever gotten, librarian or otherwise, has been because I knew someone who worked there who could vouch for my abilities. I've also run into a lot of job postings for part-time positions. For over a year, I worked a part-time job at an academic library and another part-time position at the public library where I really wanted to be. It wasn't an ideal situation, but it allowed me to get my foot in the door at the public library and show them what I was capable of. When a full-time position opened up in my department, I was their first choice to fill it. Just be aware that it might take you some time to get the position that you really desire. Best of luck to you in your search.

6fugitive
Dec 18, 2012, 10:08am Top

Increase your options: be prepared to relocate.

Most of our recent graduates complain about not being able to find a position when they really mean not being able to find a position right here where they currently live. If you are already looking nationwide ... never mind.

Cailiosa's advice is also spot on. I might add that by following her advice you will be able to accumulate experience and time served in a library while you're job hunting. Such real-world experience is something we weight very heavily in our job searches (even if it's not a professional position).

You've got 2 semesters to go, look for internships or practicums (you should get course credit for doing so). Our last 4 practicum students all found work within 6 months (2 of them out of state).

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