On June 9th, I attended the Palmer School’s “Insider Tips on Launching Your Information Science Career” event at the LIU Post campus. Bios for each panelist that presented can be found here. I learned a great deal from this event even though the panel discussions were geared towards more recent graduates than myself. The panelists talked about their different career paths and then gave advice on how to find a job.
Here are some of the excellent “insider tips” that were given:
- Do what you’re passionate about.
- Think ahead. Know what your goals are and where you want to end up.
- Put your best foot forward in everything you do.
- Don’t be afraid to go out of your comfort zone.
- Be flexible and adaptable. This field is consistently changing.
- Learn your craft in a variety of ways: observation, volunteering, reading journals/blogs, and events.
- Belong to a professional organization and be active.
- Networking is of vital importance!!
- NETWORK, NETWORK, NETWORK
- Use your talents, hobbies, and interests to distinguish yourself.
- Communication is key – “communications profession”
- Find a need and create a solution.
- Prepare yourself for the future, even if it’s a future you’re not expecting.
- Be persistent and don’t give up the job hunt. Looking for a job is the hardest thing you’re going to do.
- Even if a library needs a position filled, it can still take a while to get back to the applicants. HR may be short-staffed and they have other things than job applications to worry about.
- Beware of what you place on social media sites.
- Dress up for every interview, event, and even bus trips. Make a good impression.
- Bring thoughtful questions to the interview.
- Don’t be afraid to show interest and enthusiasm for a position.