Ask Naomi: How Did You find Your Job?

naomihouse.indianaAsk Naomi: How Did You find Your Job?

I am often asked how I found my job. I work for a government contractor as a reference and acquisitions librarian at a federal library. What many people don’t realize is I got that job while I was only half way done with my MLIS. That kismet is what inspired me to start INALJ (I Need a Library Job). I wanted a way to share the jobs I found on listservs, etc with other library school students, librarians, staff and other info pros.

So where was this hidden gem of a job hiding?

On the DC-SLA listserv! Which is why, even though we cover a ton of local listservs, I recommend everyone sign up for their local ones as well. It turns out that the job was only advertised on the DC-SLA listserv and the Catholic University library school listserv. A needle in a haystack is how I refer to it. I knew at that point that many contracting jobs exist but not in a space that is accessible to most job hunters. INALJ hopes to rectify this while still giving thanks and props to the original posting source.

As for the interview I can only tell you that smiling is vital. Smiling and seeming friendly can very much tilt you in their favor 🙂 People want to work with people they perceive as professional and friendly. It is a small tip- but one that truly helped me land my job.


reposted from 1/13/12 and 7/16/13  and edited slightly

Naomi House

Naomi House, MLIS, is the founder and publisher of the popular webzine and jobs list (formerly I Need a Library Job) and former CMO (Chief Marketing Officer) of, a crowdfunding platform focused on African patrimony, heritage and cultural projects. INALJ was founded in October 2010 with the assistance of her fellow Rutgers classmate, Elizabeth Leonard. Its 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. INALJ has had over 21 Million page hits and helped many, many thousands of librarians 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 one month. Naomi believes that well-sourced quantity is quality in this narrow job market and INALJ reflects this with many new jobs published daily. She has also written for the 2011, 2012 and 2013 LexisNexis Government Info Pro and many other publications in the past decade. She presents whenever she can, including serving on three panels at the American Library Association's Annual Conference in Las Vegas; as breakout presenter at OCLC EMEA in Cape Town, South Africa; as a keynote speaker at the Virginia Library Association annual meeting; at the National Press Club in Washington DC; McGill University in Montreal, Canada; the University of the Emirates, Dubai, MLIS program and the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Naomi was a Reference, Marketing and Acquisitions Librarian for a contractor at a federal library outside Washington, DC, and has been living and working in Budapest, Hungary and Western New York State. She spent years running her husband’s moving labor website, fixed and sold old houses and assisted her husband cooking delicious Pakistani food. She is preparing to re-enter the workforce and is job hunting. Her husband is now the co-editor of INALJ, a true support!  She has heard of spare time but hasn’t encountered it lately. She pronounces INALJ as eye-na-elle-jay.