Half-way between calm analysis and outright panic mode
September 13, 2011 7:24 AM Subscribe
I'll be graduating with my Master of Library Science in the spring of 2012. My focus has been with diverse populations and technology training. I want to work in a public library when I graduate, but I'm a little daunted by the public sector job market (and just the general job market). What should I be doing to increase my chances for employment as much as possible, and what can I do to make possible unemployed job searching as painless as possible.
posted by codacorolla to Work & Money (21 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
Here are some details.
- I'd been working in public libraries for about 4 years before I decided to attend grad school full time. I already have a large amount of work experience in public libraries, specifically with technology training.
- My current work history is split between two jobs. One is in food service, and I'd prefer not to put that on my resume (but I think I could use it for applicable experience). My other job isn't exactly a research assistant, but I am assisting with research. This is also in the field of technology training.
- My student loan debt is going to be less than 40 grand (I hope!) and is being assisted by a scholarship for my current, and final year. I know about the program that lets government workers erase their debt after 10 years of working within a government agency, but is there anything else I can consider to defer or ease my loan situation, just in case I'm unemployed in the long term?
My specific questions are:
1) Should I be sending out resumes right now, even without my MLS? If so, then what are good job boards for public library positions (I know about ALA and my college's listserv, but I'm curious about resources I may be missing)?
2) Are there private sector positions that are only looking for an MLS, and might be relatively sheltered from the current job market doom and gloom?
3) I've heard people talk about informational interviews, but I know that public institutions are cash and time-strapped, so I'm not sure how this would fly.
4) I plan on learning Spanish this year. Is there anything else I could do on my own free time (hah) that will look good on my resume?