Sometimes You Can’t Stay Positive on the Job Hunt & That is OK too!

by Naomi House, MLIS
previously published 9/30/14

Sometimes You Can’t Stay Positive on the Job Hunt, and That is OK too!

This is all I have to say on this:

  • don’t be mean to people who share their struggles
  • so listen to them, don’t judge
  • don’t be an ableist
  • don’t listen to a story and think it is an invitation for what you perceive to be a comparable story from your (often advantaged) perspective
  • do seek out great LIS people on social media who are invitational and want to help if it falls within your comfort level
  • do know that many have been and currently are stuck in their positions for many reasons (only income, health insurance, etc)
  • do know that the INALJ community is intended as a safe space from attacks
  • do know that job hunting can be stressful for a variety of reason and that your reaction and emotions are valid

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. 


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