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Quick Tip: 3 Networking Tips for the Holidays Networking, to many a pejorative, does not have to mean insipid, opportunistic and cheesy elevator pitch conversations. The holidays provide an excellent opportunity to meet new people and develop authentic and mutually beneficial relationships. Three Tips: Think quality not...

Meredith Lavine, Artfulresumes.com: For starters, never say that you don't have a weakness or that you can't think of one. This is received poorly by interviewers. Everyone has weaknesses. Saying that you are a hard worker or a perfectionist are also trite. The other suggestion is...

Meredith Lavine, Artfulresumes.com: Networking with people who are in or who know others in the area of interest is the first step. Make a list of contacts and a list of libraries you wish to work for and look up those names in professional association and...

Kathleen Schmidt, Recruiter, LAC: There are many exciting career opportunities on the vendor side. Sales positions are generally both lucrative and provide a way of using your library skills in a non-traditional way. Content licensing is a very marketable skill set and in high demand. Vendors...

Meredith Lavine, Artfulresumes.com: An informational interview is an information gathering meeting to make a new contact and gain valuable information about an organization and their operations. Conducting an informational interview solidifies that industry contact and builds a rapport. There is no job opening, so the pressure is...

Meredith Lavine, Artfulresumes.com: Networking is an acquired skill, which is best improved by practice. Some options to consider are to join professional associations and organizations designed to strengthen soft skills. Consider joining Toastmasters to develop presentation skills. Some organizations, such as The Center for Women and Enterprise (www.cwe.org) in Boston offer networking and marketing workshops.

Kathleen Schmidt, Recruiter, LAC: There are incredible opportunities in special libraries. Many find work conducting business or legal research, working as a research analyst. There are books available through ALA, SLA about the subject....

Meredith Lavine, Artfulresumes.com: The market is competitive however, we are fortunate to be in an industry that is driven by the exchange and dissemination of information and general intellectual curiosity. Such favorable conditions are ripe for a subject matter expert to share their knowledge and gain credibility in a casual, yet professional manner.