Career blog posts

Continuing education is critical, particularly in the library and information sciences because most of those roles presuppose a fairly strong technical component. Technology moves at a very rapid pace, and information workers are expected to be ahead of the curve. In addition, workers who are…

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.

Most library publications have information on how to submit and article. Contact the publication contacts and be prepared to submit writing samples. Please note-if you have a blog or maintain your own website realize that employers can and will read the contents. Irrespective of free…

Meredith Lavine, Artfulresumes.com: Do some honest self-assessment of your skills and interests. This could be done informally or through an assessment such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, or working with a career coach to identify your aptitudes and areasof interest. Here are few things to…

Meredith Lavine, Artfulresumes.com: If you have been out in the workforce for over two years in the same field, the Education section should typically fall at the bottom of the résumé. The reason for this is that the résumé is a selling tool. There are…

Meredith Lavine, Artfulresumes.com: This is a very common question. Coming from an arts background is a great asset to any role in the “regular” work world. On a less tangible level, a performer is intuitive about reading a situation and the players, relating to the…

It is great that you see the importance of working in a library and gaining experience prior to enrolling in a graduate program. The more experience you have prior to receiving your MLIS, the easier and less stressful it will be for you to find…

Meredith Lavine, Artfulresumes.com: This question is coming up more and more. The first thing I suggest is removing the years of graduation from the résumé. Many people are also limiting their work experience to 15 years. It is important to show employers that you are…

Meredith Lavine, Artfulresumes.com: We suggest making a skills matrix of sorts. This is a technique I use on most of my clients when eliciting their transferable skill sets. Start by making a chart with the following headings: Skill, description of skill, how it is applied,…

Meredith Lavine, Artfulresumes.com: If you have experience in the field, it is always better to offer a snapshot of your strengths and industry knowledge. It is more typical for a student or a career changer to offer an objective statement.