Ask Naomi: Don’t Apply to Everything

Often I have served on more than one search committee at a particular job and we see the same candidate apply for every job we post whether it is a staff position, librarian, etc. What this tells us is that the person is desperate for any job but not necessarily focused on our specific job and whether or not they are qualified. Though it can be tempting, especially if you are looking only in one geographic area, to apply for everything unless you make a strong case in each cover letter for that specific job it might work against you.

For strong cover letter suggestions look at Open Cover Letters and read my interview with the founder of Open Cover Letters here!

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.