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How to Get a Great Job: A Library How-To Handbook
Editors of the American Library Association
Item Number: 978-0-8389-1076-4
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $26.00
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The stated mission of the American Library Association is, “To provide leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.” Stock your library with the new Library How-To Handbooks from ALA Editions and help your patrons get the most out of their library visits!

172 pages
5.5" x 8.25"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-1076-4
Year Published: 2011
AP Categories: A, C
Stock your shelves with this practical guide to assist your patrons in the search for their next great job. This Library How-To Handbook includes expert advice on the most effective ways to
  • Conduct proper research
  • Build networks of friends and colleagues
  • Create a strong resume and cover letter
  • Prepare for an interview
  • Negotiate a contract or a salary
This effective guide emphasizes the help that the local library can offer in this process, using its reference materials, the Internet, and the advice of experienced researchers.
Table of Contents

Introduction: “Beyond the Books” in Today’s Public Libraries

Chapter 1: Before You Begin
Chapter 2: Researching the Job Market
Chapter 3: Getting Down to Brass Tacks: The Ongoing Job Search
Chapter 4: Writing Résumés Right
Chapter 5: Crafting Effective Cover Letters
Chapter 6: Mastering Twenty-First-Century Networking
Chapter 7: Examining Potential Employers
Chapter 8: Honing Your Interview Skills
Chapter 9: Negotiating the Best Pay and Benefits for Your New Job




"Equally valuable to both new graduates and older workers who are newly unemployed, this book can fill in gaps in knowledge or connect the dots to help readers become more effective and competitive job seekers."

"Patrons will enjoy these simple but well-organized tools addressing that audience of novices who need help navigating the career or scholarship resources of their public libraries ... These books should be in every public library, and, given the cost, in high school libraries as well. Full disclosure: I’m going to recommend them to our College Success course faculty as potential textbooks."
--Catholic Library World

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