Tuesday, November 23, 2010

What LIS Students Should Know

This is awesome advice from Jill Hurst-Wahl - things to do to be ready for the job search, including making yourself findable online, having opinions about issues in the field, and presenting yourself professionally.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Good Heavens, Is it Really May?

This blog has been quiet lately, mostly because life is full of pressing deadlines and sadly, this blog is too modest and self-effacing to have deadlines. It should be more assertive with its authors. Typical Minnesotan.

But this post about applying for library positions by Meredith Farkas is a must-read if you are thinking about life post-graduate school. It offers good, sensible, and important advice to job-seekers, and unfortunately as this is a very difficult time to find employment in libraries, it's advice to take very seriously.

And so is the advice of Dorothea Salo, who begs us not to make her "go for her stompy boots" by writing a bad cover letter. If you can't write a clear, focused, well-researched letter, you're in the wrong line of work. She also shows how search committees work - and how they narrow their pool of applicants.

You can do it. Just be sure to put your best self forward.