Career blog posts

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.

First and foremost, trust your instincts. Every interaction with your potential future employer from point of contact will provide a fairly clear indication of whether or not the work environment in question is going to be a healthy one for you. Organizational dysfunction is generally...

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...

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....

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 keep in mind regarding career transition: