by Mary-Michelle Moore, Head Editor, INALJ Vermont
Feed your RSS Reader – Blogs to follow for career advice
Just because Google Reader is shutting down is no reason not to keep cultivating new RSS feeds for resume, cover letter and general interview advice. When I graduated from high school, I was told to always tell hiring managers my biggest flaw was I was a perfectionist and that “nervous” and “excited” read as the same emotion to the person interviewing you – so remember, you’re not nervous, you’re excited. There’s much more information out there now! Below are five of my current favorites. I was going to include one more: Open Cover Letters (http://opencoverletters.com/) but Lauren Arnsman, Head Editor, Puerto Rico beat me to it, read her review of them here: http://inalj.com/?p=10469!
On Hiring – The Chronicle of Higher Education http://chronicle.com/blogs/onhiring/
On Hiring is a daily blog put out by ten authors from a variety of academic backgrounds. Their entries provide insights on how to handle rejections gracefully, the importance of word choice and other hints and encouragements on how to navigate hiring practices in academia. On some college and university campuses where librarians have faculty status it’s useful to have an idea of what you may be getting yourself into as well as what hoops your faculty patrons had to navigate.
Hiring Librarians – http://hiringlibrarians.com/
Started when she was “frustrated job-hunting librarian,” Emily Weak sent out a survey to the librarians who do the hiring to ask what they look for in a candidate. Recently, they’ve started adding interviews with job hunters as well. This has been a wonderful resource for seeing some of the reasoning and needs of the person on the other side of the interview table. Don’t just take my word for it; Emily Weak was a subject of an INALJ In Six interview last year: http://inalj.com/?p=2287
Career Q&A with the Library Career People – LIS Jobs http://www.lisjobs.com/careerqa_blog/
Originally a recurring column in Library Career Trends Newsletter, Career Q&A has been a blog since 2007. They respond to reader’s questions within the blog and their advice is always incredibly useful. If you are shy about asking a question in a public forum you can mine their archive of past posts that are arranged in useful categories including ones specifically for resumes and library school.
Library Journal – Careers http://lj.libraryjournal.com/category/careers/
Library Journal Careers includes interviews with the annual Movers & Shakers as well as interesting library professionals who discuss their current projects, advice and a great place to look for links to interesting trends in the library world.
Ask a Manager – http://www.askamanager.org/
Alison Green is a consultant who used to work as a manager responsible for “hiring, firing, promotion, managing, all of that.” She blogs about everything from candidate behavior to advice on how to accept criticism gracefully and admitting to mistakes at work. The breadth of her information is wonderful and her advice is delivered in a wonderful conversational tone that makes it easy to read and reflect on.