by R.C.Miessler, Head Editor, INALJ Indiana
A Year in Review: my own
A year after graduating, I didn’t score a professional library gig (although I was able to turn my volunteer work into a part time job in a library). However, I had plenty of opportunities to network with other librarians, refine my resume/CV and cover letter, and practice interviewing.
And really, if I take seriously the philosophy of lifelong learning, that I expect myself and my patrons to have that attitude, then this year has been a chance to learn about myself and librarianship as a whole. Sure, it’s been frustrating and depressing at times, but right when I think that I need to just give up and get a “real job,” some small victory will happen–there will be a sincere “thank you” from a patron or co-worker, or I’ll be on a roll and knock out a bunch of original RDA cataloging without having to look at my notes every 30 seconds.
So, there were successes this year despite the obstacles. Oh, my daughter was born this year too, so coming home to that from my non-library job helps ease the pain of rejection (at least until she’s 12 years old or so), but it also makes the search a bit more desperate, as there is a new life that is depending on me for food, housing and insurance. But it’s all just motivation to find the job that’s the right fit for me (and for the library), to find myself in a place that I truly love going to every day and knowing that I’ve found my vocation.
Here’s to 2014, a year of applying what I’ve learned in 2013.
2013 Job Hunt Statistics:
81 applications submitted
19 interviews, 7 in-person, at 11 institutions
2 part time job offers
- 1 part time job offer accepted