One of the things I knew I wanted to do once I was hired for the awesome new job was to write up my thoughts and (general) experiences about the current state of library job hunting.
In the links below, I focus on aspects of job hunting that are specific to libraries. I should note clearly that I was looking at college/university libraries, independent school libraries, and public libraries, but not public schools (I don’t hold a teaching license) or special libraries (corporate, medical, etc.)
- Retrospective :: an overview of my background going into this hunt, and of things I think especially helped me in my search.
- My process, part 1 :: how I handled the actual process of applying, up to writing the cover letter.
- My process, part 2 :: cover letters to interviews.
- Library job hunt quirks: Networking
- Library job hunt quirks: Applying
- Library job hunt quirks: Clothing
- Library job hunt quirks: Interviews
- Library job hunt quirks: Bits and pieces (timelines, interview trips, asking questions.)
This is mostly about my experience, based on a lot of reading (both within the field and outside it), my experiences, and my conversations with various colleagues, lists, and other resources.
In fact, this isn’t so much ‘advice’ as ‘here’s some stuff to be aware of, so you can make better informed decisions about what you want to do.’ Doing this stuff doesn’t guarantee you’ll find a job (it’s a really tough market). I do hope, however, it’ll help you figure out some things that might make your own search easier, give you more questions to research, or otherwise get you further along your way.