If you haven’t seen it yet, you may want to take a look at LJ’s latest set of articles about job placements and salaries in libraries. It’s always interesting to see the trends for salary increases (or decreases), position types, etc.
One of the articles focuses on job search skills and strategies. Here’s an excerpt:
Strategies that students used successfully for the search began during their education by gaining experience through practicums and internships, beginning to develop professional social networks, volunteering in professional situations, and starting the search well before graduation.
This shouldn’t come as a surprise. I think most people know by now that gaining practical experience and developing a professional network are both key parts of landing a good job after school and beyond. A big part of our internship program is designed with those two things in mind!
I recommend spending some time exploring all of the data. If you have any thoughts or questions from reading through the articles, share them with the group!