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 webzine and jobs list (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 19.5 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 has also written for the 2011, 2012 & 2013 LexisNexis Government Info Pro. She presents whenever she can, most recently thrice at the American Library Association's Annual Conference as well as breakout talk presenter at OCLC EMEA in Cape Town, South Africa and as a keynote speaker at the Virginia Library Association annual meeting, at the National Press Club, McGill University, the University of the Emirates, Dubai, MLIS program and the University of Hawaii at Manoa. 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 has relocated to being nomadic. She runs her husband’s moving labor website,, fixes and sells old houses and assists her husband cooking delicious Pakistani food as well. She has heard of spare time but hasn’t encountered it lately. She pronounces INALJ as eye-na-elle-jay. 


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

  1. Amy
    November 27, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    Thank you for this. I really really appreciate the last three points. I’m glad I’m not alone in staying my current job because I haven’t been able to find anything else right now and a regular paycheque is a good thing.

  2. Jade
    November 26, 2015 at 10:44 am

    I needed to read this today! Thank you :)
    I am currently in a temporary position, I am trying to hard to find a permanent library based role, but I need to appreciate and “give thanks” as you guys over the water say, for what I have and be thankful for the opinion and time people having given to me! Just listening to me is a great help!

  3. V
    September 30, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Acknowledging all of our emotions, even the negative, helps us learn and grow. (As long as we don’t wallow!) Thanks for this post.

  4. Stephanie
    September 30, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Glad you covered so many bases! concise, informative, honest and encouraging.

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