Job Resources for Students

By Sam Leif

If there is one thing on the mind of most students it is getting a job after graduation. There are a number of useful tools to help you find open positions and learn useful tips for everything from your resume to the interview.

The American Library Association and the Association of College and Research Libraries teamed up to create a useful list of job openings. They allow searching by keyword, city, state, job/library type and more. They also provide a useful feature of identifying which institutions will be at the upcoming conferences so you can network in person if you are also attending.
Don’t Miss: The Facebook group, on which they are constantly sharing links to blogs and career resources that offer guidance and help for every topic that can be connected with employment.

The SLIS website actually has a very developed career development section. In fact, we even have our own career counselor Jill Klees. The website has a thorough PDF file of emerging trends and skills employers are expecting and many resources on how to network. They have tips for writing your resume, cover letter or curriculum vitae. They have run a series of workshops that are available for viewing on topics from prison librarianship to life after MLIS.
Don’t Miss: Perfect Interview. This awesome software has a bank of interview questions for you to ponder, and an option to see what employers might want to hear as a response. This tool is easy to use and very useful.

LISjobs is a job listings website which isn’t affiliated with any specific professional organization. They allow you to upload a resume or CV, and posting open positions on their site is free. They offer links for continuing education as well as scholarships, schools and even conference funding. Although some of their blogs are out of date, the wealth of information contained in their archives is astounding, and 99% of their advice is still valid.
Don’t Miss: The Library Career People Blog. This blog is set up in Q&A format where people email in their questions and the authors answer them. Questions range from how to explain and tie in non-library experience to ways to encourage collaboration in a work group.

One last bit of advice: subscribe to the LIBJOBS mailing list. This is a list that sends out job openings via email. Obviously, if you use various different websites for job openings, you are going to end up with a lot of overlap – but it’s better than missing that dream position!

Sam Leif is a student in the Masters of Library and Information Science program at San Jose State University, graduating in December 2011. She lives in Las Vegas, Nevada and aspires to be an instruction librarian. You can contact her at sam.a.leif[at]gmail[dot]com or on Facebook.