An Ideas List (in 6) for your New Year

by Sarah Roark Schott, Head Editor, INALJ Arizona

An Ideas List (in 6) for your New Year

SarahRoarkSchottINALJFor many of us the thought of beginning a new year looking for a new library job is daunting. Instead of a list of tips to get healthy, I thought I would come up with a list of ideas to help boost confidence in your job hunt. Please feel free to share your New Year’s job hunt resolutions in the comments!

1. Try something new with your resume.     Reduce your text, keep the descriptions short and simple. Remember employers typically give resumes 30-45 seconds to catch their interest. Bolded key words will also help draw the eye down the page.

2. Did you have a really great interview and connection with a hiring committee or manager that did not lead to a job offer? Try emailing the interviewers for some feedback. It can never hurt to ask, especially if it leads to some really great ideas!

3. Submit a paper to a local conference you wouldn’t normally consider.    Have you ever considered a history conference? Archivists and librarians typically know collections best, and can be a huge wealth of information for historians! Networking!

4. Have you heard of    Organize a job hunting group to meet with a couple of times a month! You might get some great advice from fellow job hunters.

5. Look for library, archive, or research positions in a corporate setting.    One of my favorite MLS classes was Corporate Libraries with Dr. Jim Matarazzo from Simmons. Before taking the class I never thought about working as a librarian for a business. Make a list of companies you would like to work for, and check their websites for openings that might be a good fit for you! (This is actually how I landed my current job!)

6. Try an interview outfit swap with a friend!    Sometimes a new blouse, tie or accessory can give you a much needed boost before an interview.

Good luck this year!

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.