What Do Employers Want? A Guide for Library Science Students

By Priscilla K. Shontz; Richard A. Murray | Go to book overview

PREFACE

Library and information science students often complain that their graduate programs do not give them the information they need to find their first professional position. In a tight job market, more and more recent graduates struggle to find the jobs they hoped for, sometimes leading them to question their decisions to enter the profession. In our roles as authors, editors, librarians, and invited speakers, we frequently hear the same job search questions from students and recent graduates:

How can I improve my resume, application, cover letter, or interview
skills?

What can I do to set myself apart from the competition?

What do employers want?

In this book, we offer career advice gathered from employers and experienced professionals involved in the hiring process. What goes on behind the scenes during a job search? What turns employers off when they evaluate an application? What attributes do they value in an employee?

Learn what you can do while you’re in graduate school to maximize your chances of getting a professional position when you graduate. Although this book is geared toward students, the advice may also help prospective students, new graduates, career changers, and others looking for work in the library and information field.

The book is divided into two major sections: the student experience and the job search process. The first section includes strategies for increasing your value as a potential employee while you are still a student. The second

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Foreword ix
  • Preface xi
  • Acknowledgments xiii
  • Chapter 1 - What Employers Want 1
  • Section 1 - The Student Experience 9
  • Chapter 2 - Your MLS Education 11
  • Chapter 3 - Practical Experience 19
  • Chapter 4 - Your Professional Identity 29
  • Chapter 5 - Additional Skills 37
  • Section 2 - The Job Search 45
  • Chapter 6 - How Employers Hire 47
  • Chapter 7 - Your Job Search 55
  • Chapter 8 - Resumes 61
  • Chapter 9 - Cover Letters 79
  • Chapter 10 - Interviews 87
  • Chapter 11 - Your New Job 105
  • Resources 111
  • Index 115
  • About the Authors 119
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