What Do Employers Want? A Guide for Library Science Students

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CHAPTER 1
What Employers Want

Lemon, we’re not just hiring an actor, we’re hiring a coworker, a
human being, and I say we hire the one who lives by the code of the
robot: Care, Love, Live.

30 Rock, 2009

So, you’re in library school. You love your classes and are really excited about becoming a librarian. You know this is the perfect field for you. Maybe you’ve chosen to enter the information science field as a second career. You study hard, earn a 4.0 GPA, walk across the stage at commencement, and receive your MLS degree.

And then what?

You send out a few resumes. And a few more. And maybe a lot more.

And you wait.

And wait.

Hey, what’s up with that? Why isn’t anyone calling you for an interview?

How can you be expected to compete with applicants who have more experience than you?

Was earning your graduate degree worth all that money and time?

Sure, you learned all about Ranganathan and reference queries and Library 2.0 in school, but did anyone teach you how to find a real job in the real world?

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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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