First job

Make time to be an intern or volunteer. Some public libraries hire directly from library school but in general, libraries prefer people with experience. Networking in critical in the library world, so avail yourself of opportunities to join professional associations at a reduced student rate...

Use the career center at your school. Speak to your professors, volunteer for events offered by professional associations. Take a look at the websites of companies for which you'd like to work and determine what key competencies they are looking for and make sure you...

Attend professional association meetings; make sure your skill sets are current. Stay in touch with former colleagues. Review listservs and the LibGig website. Attend conferences if possible. Join professional networking sites like LinkedIn....