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November 10, 2003

First Interview

I have an interview with a county library this week. Panel interview - ugh, but I'll have to bear it as I can. The woman who called to set up the interview was very pleasant, so I'm hopeful that will set the tone for the rest of the process.

Thoughts on how to prepare, questions to ask, especially those of you who have worked or are working in public libraries? I'm checking the website, noted the proper address and spelling of names for thank you notes. Yes, I will have copies of my resume to hand out. I've looked through my closet to pick out my interview outfit. And yes, it's clean.

I submitted an application last month for an academic job, but my sources tell me it was highly competitive. So I'm not holding my breath. Time to look into temporary work, internships or volunteer opportunities to beef up my experience, improve my skills in the meantime.

Current strategy is to continue meeting up with fellow professionals at association meetings and socially, and to send my resume to some of the people that I've met - who did tell me to send them a copy, so no cold calling or anything like that.

Yours, &c., LC | 02:20 PM | Librariana , Slice o' Life | Comments (4) | TrackBack (0)

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My two cents: Play up your experience living in fast-paced, multicultural NYC, and your excellent computer skills!

Posted by: Mike at November 10, 2003 03:19 PM

We are in similar boats--but it sounds like you are completely on the ball! If you haven't had your interview by the time you read this, go to:

http://lisjobs.com/advice.htm#interview

Also, do you have a copy of Robert Newlen's "Writing Resumes that Work"? Great book for ALL kinds of librarians. Expensive but worth it--but perhaps you can ILL it if your local branch doesn't carry it? :)

Best of luck! Rooting for you! :)

Posted by: Sulkbrarian at November 13, 2003 02:00 AM

That link is exactly what I needed, thanks!!!

I'll definitely check out the Newlen book. I'd used some others to update my resume, but it would be good to have a recommended title handy.

Posted by: LadyCrumpet at November 13, 2003 08:42 AM

Yay!! Glad to help--fingers still crossed! :D

Posted by: Sulkbrarian at November 13, 2003 09:53 PM