Good News for Young Strivers: Networking Is Overrated | op-ed

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6 Steps To Maximize Your School’s Career Center As The Path To Job Success by Nicolette Weinbaum

by Nicolette Weinbaum

April 13, 2016

As many seniors in universities across the country will tell you, there’s no shortage of bright and accomplished graduates from top schools, all competing for a shrinking number of opportunities.

In fact, the competition for an entry-level position has never been fiercer. Newsweek recently noted that 2.8 million graduates will enter the workforce in 2016.  The scary part is that 40 percent of the total number of unemployed in the U.S. will be made up of 18-to-29-year olds, an unemployment rate of almost 14 percent among that age bracket (almost three times the national figure). Read more…shutterstock_284570267

 

How to Build a Great Professional Reputation – On Careers usnews.com

How to Build a Great Professional Reputation

September 11, 2013 RSS Feed Print

Alison Green

Alison Green

Having a great professional reputation can be its own reward: It’s fulfilling to have people think highly of you. But beyond that, a great reputation can give you tangible payoffs, in the form of job offers, higher salaries, better project assignments and the security of knowing that you’ll have somewhere to go when you’re ready to move.

But what does it take to do that? Here are eight keys to assembling a reputation that will serve you well.

1. Show respect and kindness to everyone. It’s one thing to be warm and polite to the head of the company; after all, most people manage to do that. But pay attention to how you treat others, too, such as the receptionist, the office temps and the guy who sells you hot dogs in the lobby. Make a point of treating everyone with respect and warmth, and others will notice.

2. Keep your word. Do what you say you’re going to do, in whatever timeline you committed to – whether it’s completing a project, getting back to someone about a question, giving feedback on a project or connecting someone to your contacts. People will learn that they can count on you and that your commitments are iron-clad. Read more…

 

Yes, Virginia, it matters which library school you go to | Gavia Libraria

Yes, Virginia, it matters which library school you go to

The other day the Loon read a short article about applying to library jobs that scoffed at applicants who try to trade on the supposed prestige of their library school. Those library schools, they’re all the same; it doesn’t matter which one you went to, because no one you’re talking to will care.

Well. Yes. And also no. Read more…

 

A Little Enthusiasm Goes a Long Way | American Library Association

By Alexandra Janvey

In the two years since the onset of my career, I’ve learned that a little enthusiasm can go a long way. I owe my accomplishments largely to my immense enthusiasm for the librarian profession and my eagerness to be a part of its community. For as long as I can remember, I’ve known that an ordinary desk job would never be a good fit. Diagnosed as a child with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), school was a struggle, and my concentration wavered quickly. To succeed, I knew that I needed a profession that would impassion me, was challenging, and would keep me on my toes. It was not until my senior year of college that I discovered the growing field of librarianship. Immediately, I knew I had found the passion I had sought. Librarians’ days were never the same, and I could see no limit to the new things that I could learn. Passion for my work was important to me, but I never realized how far it would take me in my career. In many ways, my enthusiasm drove me to gather the experience, skills, and confidence that I needed to find my place in the job market. Read more…

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