How to Get a Great Job: A Library How-to Handbook

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American Library Association
Skyhorse Publishing Inc., 2011 - Business & Economics - 172 pages
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In our difficult time, or at any time, knowing how to find a great job is a necessary skill. All the resources you need for a successful job search are at your fingertips--and completely free--at your public library. It can be a daunting task, so here is expert advice on how to conduct proper research, build networks of friends and colleagues, put together a great resume, research industries that are constantly changing, prepare for an interview, negotiate a contract or a salary, and more. This could be the turbo-boost your job search needs.
  

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User Review  - Jeannie - Goodreads

Not much in here I didn't already know but thought it'd be good to bone up on modern library resources since I grew up in the card-catalog age! Very good tips on resume writing and great links for job searching. Read full review

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User Review  - Beth Wood - Goodreads

Well-laid-out, concise approach to job hunting. Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
LIBRARIES AND JOBSEEKERS
ASK AND YE SHALL RECEIVE
SIX SIMPLE STEPS
THE LAST WORD
CHAPTER 1
Best in ShowGeneral Websites
LIBRARY RESOURCES
A WellHoned Strategy
NETWORKING WITH THOSE YOU KNOW
FOR INSTANCE
Use the Strength of Weak Ties
NETWORKING GROUPS EVENTS AND MEETINGS
Online Resources for Finding F2F Networking
Best in ShowAssociationLocators
JOB SUPPORT GROUPS

INVENTORY YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION
Four Free Email Options
2 Your Telephone
3 Your Mailing Address
4 Your Web Presence
Factoid
ARM YOURSELF WITH BASIC SKILLS SOFTWARE
RÉSUMÉ AND LETTER WRITING
WORK YOUR PLAN
1 What Do You Want?
2 Stick to a Schedule
Daily JobSearch ToDo List
3 Set Small Goals
4 Get Organized
Track Your Expenses
GET CONNCTED
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CHAPTER 2
FOR INSTANCE
Best in ShowOccupationCareer Listings Online
GET AN INDUSTRY SNAPSHOT
THE LIBRARYS INFORMATION COUNTER
HIT THE BOOKS ONLINE
FIVE MORE RESOURCES
ENTRYLEVEL WORKERS AND CAREERCHANGERS
Change Rule
TAKING APTITUDE AND ASSESSMENT TESTS
GAINING SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS
Best in ShowChanging Careers
STUDY YOUR SUBJECT
You should know
News Delivered to Your InBox
Get the Inside Scoop
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CHAPTER 3
Best in ShowOnline Job Search
Factoid
Factoid
WHERE TO LOOK ONLINE
HOW TO SEARCH
LIBRARY RESOURCES
CHOOSE THE BEST JOB BOARDS
JOB BOARD EXAMPLES
Job Boards Ranked
Online Employment Testing
LOG IN TO SEARCH EVERY DAY
Librarians Top Pick
LINKEDIN JOB LISTING
Time Is Money
BEWARE OF SCAMS
WHERE TO LOOK OFFLINE
Best in ShowJob Fairs
Publications
Government and Nonprofit Agencies
Recruitment and Temp Agencies
What Recruiters Say
STAY ORGANIZED FROM THE START
Why Stay Organized?
Free Online Resource
CHAPTER 4
7 WAYS YOULL USE YOUR RÉSUMÉ
Best in ShowRésumés
RÉSUMÉWRITING 101
FOR INSTANCE
Your résumémayinclude
LIBRARY RESOURCES
RÉSUMÉ QA
Do I have to list every single job?
Ive never worked before What should I put in my résumé?
THE SKINNY ON CVS
KEYWORDS
FOR INSTANCE
SOURCES FOR KEYWORDS
Best in ShowDatabases
READY TO WRITE?
FORMATTED AND PLAINTEXT RÉSUMÉS
YOUR FORMATTED RÉSUMÉ
A Case for Sending PDFs
YOUR PLAINTEXT RÉSUMÉ
Turn Your Résumé into a Job Application
ASCWhat?
SENDING RÉSUMÉS BY EMAIL
CUSTOMIZE YOUR RÉSUMÉ
POSTING YOUR RÉSUMÉ ONLINE
Keep It Private
Keep It Fresh
WHAT HIRERS SAY
THE LASR WORD
CHAPTER 5
COVER ALL BASES
What Recruiters Say
CUSTOMIZE EACH COVER
Best in ShowCover Letters
LIBRARY RESOURCES
WRITTING THE PERFECT LETTER TOP TO BOTTOM
Start at the Top
THE MIDDLE MATTERS
MAKE YOUR CLOSING ARGUMENTS
ESSENTIAL WRITING TIPS
FORMATING YOUR COVER LETTER
Give Them What They Want
EMAILING YOUR COVER LETTER
How to Handle Hard Copies
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CHAPTER 6
Best in ShowNetworking
YOUR NETWORKING TOOLKIT
A Box of Business Cards
FOR INSTANCE
NETWORK THROUGH VOLUNTEERING
STEPS FOR INPERSON NETWORKING EVENTS
FOR INSTANCE
ONLINE NETWORKING
Sign Up Now
Best in ShowOnline Networking
CONNECT TO THE POWER OF LINKEDIN
JOB SEARCHES ON LINKEDIN
FOR INSTANCE
FOR FUN ONLY?
A WEALYTH OF NETWORKING VIA MEETUP
Sample Meetup groups
Its Not Networking If You Dont Comment
TWEETING AND BLOGGING
Twitter DOs and DONTs
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CHAPTER 7
LIBRARY RESOURCES
IDENTIFYING POTENTIAL EMPLOYERS
Factoid
3 Personal Contacts
Best in ShowResearching Companies
LIST YOUR CONTACTS THEN CONTACT YOUR LIST
LEARNING MORE ABOUT A COMPANY
WHAT YOU SHOULD LEARNAND WHERE
HOW TO USE A COMPANYS WEBSITE
HOW TO KEEP UP ON INDUSTRY NEWS
HOW TO USE LINKEDIN
HOW TO LEARN FROM EMPLOYEES
OffLine Research
RESEARCHING INDIVIDUALS
Use Your Information Wisely
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CHAPTER 8
Best in ShowInterviewing
LIBRARY RESOURCES
TYPES OF INTERVIEWS
Who?
What First?
Information Interview DOs and DONTs
TELEPHONE INTERVIEWS
PhonePlusVideo Interviews
INPERSON INTERVIEWS
What to Wear
FOLLOWUP INTERVIEWS
PANEL INTERVIEWS
Juggling Interviews and a Job
WHAT TO ASK ANSWER AND SAY
TAKE CONTROL OF THE INTERVIEW
TELL A STORY
SHOW OFF YOUR RESEARCH
Read RealLife Interview Questions
Two Interview Musts
TESTING TESTING 12
AFTER EACH INTERVIEW
Give Thanks
Checking In
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CHAPTER 9
Best in ShowNegotiating
WHY NEGOTIATE?
TIMING FOR MONEY TALK
DOs and DONTs for Talking Money
HOW JOB NEGOTIATION WORKS
NEGOTIATION PREPARATION
Use Three Salary Sources
Practice Makes Perfect
LIBRARY RESOURCES
Negotiation Checklist
READY TO NEGOTIATE
Beginning Tactics
Whats Negotiable?
FOR INSTANCE
Ending Negotiations
Dont Want the Job?
MAKING THE DECISION
Giving Notice
Declining the Offer
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Bibliography Webliography
GENERAL JOBSEARCH WEBSITES
BOOKS ON JOB FAIRS
BOOKS ON CHANGING CAREERS
WEBSITES ON RÉSUMÉS AND COVER LETTERS
BOOKS ON NETWORKING
WEBSITES ON NETWORKING
WEBSITES ON RESEARCHING COMPANIES
BOOKS ON INTERVIEWING
BOOKS ON NEGOTIATING
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The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world. Founded in 1876, it was created to provide leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services. It is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.

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