Ask Naomi: Where else can I look?

Say you have signed up for the daily INALJ jobs digest email, and subscribe to many listservs/rss feeds, and scan through, and follow companies on LinkedIn but you are feeling like there is something more you can be doing.

There is. One tool I used in previous job hunts was to find the website for a local magazine (in my case Baltimore and the Washingtonian) and find their “Best Places to Work” issues. If the latest issue was not already online I would look at the past year’s results. Then I would go to the company websites and look for jobs there.

Here is a very brief list of some of the cities I have found but a Google search should reap even more results!

  • Baltimore magazine 2011 (the Feb issue in stores has the 2012 list).
  • Boston Globe 2011 issue.
  • Chicago Business News 2011 list.
  • Houston Business Journal 2011 list.
  • Los Angeles Business Journal 2012 list.
  • Seattle Business Magazine 2011 list.
  • The Washingtonian 2011 is the most recent issue.
  • Another idea is to look at the jobs websites for vendors, databases companies that provide libraries services. I used very loose language in my keyword searches such as “research/researcher” or “analyst” as well as “library/librarian”. I interviewed at Thomson a few years back and I found several other interviews that way too.

    Naomi House

    Naomi House, MLIS, is the founder and publisher of the popular LIS jobs resource (formerly I Need a Library Job). Founded in October 2010 with the assistance of her fellow Rutgers classmate, Elizabeth Leonard, INALJ’s social media presence has grown to include Facebook (retired in 2016), Twitter and a LinkedIn group, in addition to the interviews, articles and jobs found on INALJ has had over 20 Million page views and helped thousands of librarians and LIS folk find employment! Through grassroots marketing, word of mouth and a real focus on exploring unconventional resources for job leads, INALJ grew from a subscription base of 20 friends to a website with over 500,000 visits in a month. Naomi believes that well-sourced quantity is quality in this narrow job market and INALJ reflects this many new jobs published daily. She was a 2013 Library Journal Mover & Shaker and has served on the University of Maryland iSchool Board from 2014-2017. Naomi was a Reference, Marketing and Acquisitions Librarian for a contractor at a federal library outside Washington, DC, and now lives part time in Western NY and Budapest, Hungary. She has heard of spare time but hasn’t encountered it lately. She pronounces INALJ as eye-na-elle-jay.