Tag Archive for open cover letters

Tips for Writing Amazing Cover Letters

by Rebekah Kati, Head Editor, INALJ North Carolina Tips for Writing Amazing Cover Letters Cover letters are an essential part of the job application.  In the cover letter, you have the opportunity to explain your interest in the position and how your qualifications relate to the job. Do you have non-library experience that could be…

Stephen X. Flynn of Open Cover Letters

My interview with Stephen X. Flynn, founder of OpenCoverLetters.com.  I was fortunate to be able to meet and chat with him at ALA 2013 Naomi: What made you start your blog? Stephen: While applying for jobs, I thought “wouldn’t it be great if there was a website with real cover letters”? After accepting my current…

Cover Letters – Best Practices

by Mary-Michelle Moore, Head Editor, INALJ Vermont Cover Letters – Best Practices Your cover letter may be as important, if not more important, than your resume in a hiring packet.  It is an initial writing sample as well as your introduction to the search committee.  Many people create a boilerplate cover letter to send out…

Karen Klein …Success Story

Naomi House’s interview with success story Karen. Naomi:  How did you find your current job? Karen:  A classmate from GSLIS e-mailed me. She wasn’t sure if I was still looking for work or not, but she reached out to me. I’m definitely grateful she did. It taught me the importance of keeping my LinkedIn up…

Mallorie Colvin …Success Story

This was the very first Success Story interview at INALJ.com published on 12/9/11.  I updated the title from Mallorie Colvin…In Six.  Enjoy!  And find all jobs at http://inalj.com/?p=1441 Naomi: How did you find your current job? Mallorie: I found it on the INALJ daily email! I didn’t have a specific state or area in mind,…

Jennifer Snoek-Brown …Reel Librarians Blogger and Success Story

My interview with INALJ success story, Jennifer who also founded the blog, Reel Librarians  “a website and blog exploring hundreds of portrayals of librarians in film and what these reel librarians represent.” Naomi: How did you find your current job? Jennifer: Multiple sources, including INALJ, Craigslist, and state library jobline postings. INALJ actually helped me…

So you need to write a cover letter…

by Lauren Arnsman, Head Editor, INALJ Puerto Rico So you need to write a cover letter… One of the most frustrating aspects of job hunting, for me, is writing the cover letter. When I first started job hunting about six months before my graduation date, cover letters were no big thang. Cut to over 100…

Allison Coltin …Success Story

All Jobs for INALJ can be found here: http://inalj.com/?p=1441 Updated daily Naomi House’s interview with success story Allison. Naomi:  How did you find your current job? Allison:  I saw the listing for my position on both INALJ and the city HR alert that I had signed up for two years ago Naomi: Favorite library you have…

Ryan Jones …In Six

Reposted from 4/6/12 & 8/30/12 My interview with success story Ryan Naomi: How did you find your current job? Ryan: I found my current position at the Maine State Library Job List. I really wanted to move back to New England, so I created a portfolio of region-specific resources long before applying anywhere. After identifying…

Yandee Vazquez …In Six

My interview with success story and INALJ volunteer, Yandee! Naomi:  How did you find your current job? Yandee:  I found my current position through a hodgepodge of library listservs, job finding websites, and any random page of information-related jobs that I put together over the course of 2 years. Pouring over the list of jobs…

Robin Rockman …In Six

My interview with success story and INALJ volunteer, Robin! Naomi:  How did you find your current job? Robin:  BCCLS, which is a large consortium in New Jersey of mostly northern NJ libraries has a great and very active Jobs board.  I would say 90% of the jobs I applied to and interviewed with were through…

Ashley Stevens …In Six

My interview with success story,  Ashley Naomi:  How did you find your current job? Ashley:  I found my position through Archives Gig which then redirected me to USAjobs.gov. Naomi:  Favorite library you have been to? Ashley:  The Seattle Public Library.  I love the architectural design of the building, their use of library-related objects as art,…

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…