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recent LIS grads – smarten up!

January 13, 2008

had some interesting chats with library muckety-mucks over the holidays, trying to figure out what people are looking for from recent LIS graduates.

from what i can tell it all boils down to one thing: professionalism.

  • don’t send in a 1 page c.v.
  • in your letter of application, make links between what the job is looking for and how you can meet those needs.
  • don’t dress like a schlub at the interview.
  • if you’re not interested in teaching, you better be interested in cataloguing.
  • have something to say about current practice at the organization – or the very least about their website! (and not “it’s great – i wouldn’t change a thing!”)

this all sounds very basic but of the three muckety-mucks i spoke to, all mentioned that recent grads don’t seem to get that they are now starting their career, not another part-time “who cares?” gig, and should present themselves as such.

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One comment

  1. What a great post! I will definitely keep these things in mind in… 8gulp* about 8 months when I begin my job search.



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