The job hunt has been daunting. I’m sure there are others out there looking for library jobs as well. These articles on each step of the job hunting path are not all related specifically to library jobs, but they should be informative nonetheless.

First of all, if you haven’t read this yet, you should: How to Become a 21st Century Librarian

Your Search

The “L” Word – Keywords to use in your search.
3 Ways to Demonstrate Your Value in a Job Search
How Temp Work Can Help Your Career
Resume

How to Create an Eye-Catching Resume

Looking at established librarian’s resumes online is a good point of reference as well, if they’re kind enough to share them. (No copying! Just get ideas for how you may want yours to look.) May also give you ideas on what you should brush up on if you want a job like theirs.

Library Journal – Movers & Shakers 2013
10 of the Coolest Librarians Alive – According to Flavorwire.
Readers’ Choice: 10 More of the Coolest Librarians Alive – According to Flavorwire readers

The most difficult part of the job hunt for me has been the writing of cover letters. Bane. Of. My. Existence. But they have to be done!

Cover Letter
Get to the Point! 5 Best Practices for a Better Cover Letter

References

 Are Your Job References in Order?

Networking
How Pushy is too Pushy in your Job Search Networking?

How To Get Beyond The Gatekeepers While Job Hunting – If you can make friends with a gatekeeper, so much the better!

Interview
Master the 5 Toughest Interview Questions
10 (Good And Bad) Interview Questions For Employers
Pointers for Surviving the Dreaded Panel Interview

After the Interview
Mastering The Art (And Science) Of Thank You Letters

Continuing to Learn
Professional Advancement for Shallow Pockets

I hope these are helpful to other library job hunters too. Good luck!

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About bittybookworm

Cataloging librarian seeking library, archive, or museum. I used to read college Psychology textbooks for fun in Junior High. I am that person at parties who is usually found hovering near the snacks, probably interacting more with the host's pets or children than with the host and other adult guests, and poring over their book and media collections to secretly gauge which items I may be interested in borrowing in future and which of my items would be appropriate to lend in return. In December 2012, I graduated from Florida State University with a Masters of Library and Information Studies degree, which may put that previous bunch of information into some sort of context.

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  1. An impressive share! I have just forwarded this onto a friend who was conducting a little research on this. And he in fact ordered me dinner because I found it for him… lol. So let me reword this…. Thank YOU for the meal!! But yeah, thanks for spending time to discuss this issue here on your web page.

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