Week 12

Seeking a Job

"Find a job you like and you add five days to every week." ~H. Jackson Browne

"Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life." ~Confucius

"What is it that you like doing? If you don't like it, get out of it, because you'll be lousy at it." ~Lee Iacocca

"Statistics indicate that, as a result of overwork, modern executives are dropping like flies on the nation's golf courses." ~Ira Wallach

Library Jobs for LTA graduates Explore the top links thoroughly. The lower links are for library Master's programs in Texas. They also have lists of job openings, but usually only for MLSs. But it wouldn't hurt to try them for information or contacts when you are job hunting.

The best way to seek a job is to approach the process as a job. Set aside time every day to work on it. Develop a plan for how to proceed. There is a book in the library listing library directors and addresses of all types of libraries. Use it to mail out inquiries about jobs. Or, use the Internet to get information on all the libraries in the area. Further links on job seeking:

Job Seeking Tips Read all the links relevant for you.

10 Unconventional (But Very Effective) Tips For Job Seekers Forbes. Pay particular attention to number one, especially "sharing your admiration for their work, and asking for advice, Adney says. I recommend doing this with professionals at companies youd love to work for, long before they have a job opening you apply for. [That's how I found my job. I made a list of libraries in San Antonio and the area for which I wanted to work. Then I mailed them resumes and then called them. I got a temporary job in a month. It turned permanent in a semester. -Colby]

50 Top Job Seeking Tips a great list.

Resume Writing The thing to remember is that your resume should not just focus on what you have done in the past. It should also highlight what you are capable of doing in the future.

Cover Letter Tips Be sure to look up the organization and include details about it in your cover letter. Your reason for seeking a job there should include information about the company or library. Every cover letter should be customized for a specific organization.

Job Interview Tips. Remember in the interview that they are not just interviewing you; you are also interviewing them. Make sure you want to work for them before you consider an offer.


Once you have completed all the readings for this week, please return to Canvas, click on the quiz link, and take the quiz. If you are not satisfied with your score, take the quiz over again. This can be done multiple times.

Once you have taken the quiz and achieved a grade with which you are satisfied, return to Canvas and address the discussion for the week.

Colby Glass, MLIS