Ask Naomi: expecting different results

Ask Naomi: expecting different results

naomihI really do believe that you cannot keep doing what you have always done and expect different results- this applies to the job hunting world as well. If you only apply to one type of job (librarian) or at one type of place (public library, university, etc) and you aren’t getting hired then you need to broaden your approach. Even if you are vested in a system like teachers in a state school system is it better to be unemployed or should you start looking outside the box?

1) Look at companies! I spent part of my Saturday morning looking up companies (The Motley Fool, LexisNexis, Thomson Reuters etc) that I knew or found on Best Places to Work 2011 (or 2012 or 2013) lists and looking at their careers and jobs pages. Often we don’t do the due diligence of looking beyond jobs lists (online or newspapers) and look at companies. I have been called in for interviews from applications I put in and you could too. So these are jobs you might be missing.

2)List your skill sets! What can you do? If you have taught then you can do training. If you have done cataloging then you understand metadata. Librarians make great records management people too. What is your skill set and how can it be translated to other jobs?

These are just two ideas to start with 🙂



reposted from 12/12/11

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.