What Do Employers Want? A Guide for Library Science Students: A Guide for Library Science Students
Priscilla K. Shontz and Richard A. Murray
118 pages • 6⅛ x 9¼
Year Published: 2012
This book explains what library school students need to do in order to maximize their chances of getting a professional position immediately after graduation.
In a tight job market, library school students face the same basic challenge as new graduates in every other field: how to stand out from the crowd of applications for the best positions. Job seekers do have control over their careers, however. Some of the best strategies for getting that first professional library science position are steps students should take while still in school.
While library schools provide graduates with a solid understanding of library science concepts, many diploma holders have no clear plan for finding a desirable job with their knowledge The information in What Do Employers Want? A Guide for Library Science Students will be extremely valuable for students currently in Masters of Library Science program as well as recent recipients of MLS degrees, regardless of what kind of work environment they wish to work in.
The book guides readers through the process of planning a job search step-by-step. Divided into two major sections —the student experience and the job search —the authors provide critical advice derived from their combined 30 years of real-world, in-the-field experience. Specific topics include choosing classes, gaining practical experience while in school, establishing a professional image, gaining skills that make applicants more marketable, writing effective resumes and cover letters, interviewing, and negotiating a job offer.
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