The Search for a Job

Several of my posts have been career or job related lately, so I’m sure you can tell I’m feeling ready to be done being a “formal” student. The next logical step (for me) is starting my career in a library! (and I am oh so so so excited about that!!!) Here are five job-related thoughts floating about in my over-caffeinated brain tonight:

  1. Hack Library School has my most recently revised and enhanced version of my previous Job Hunting Tips for MLIS Grads post. The comments from others are unbelievably helpful. Bookmark that blog!
  2. I was chatting with a classmate about The Search (for a job). We talked about how difficult it is to know whether or not it’s worth sharing posted positions with everyone. In one way, we’d all like to see everyone get a job. But on the other hand, it’s nice to think we’re the ONLY one who knows about the job… This is the start of a stressful balance of collaboration and support AND competition.
  3. I graduate in 24 days. I do not have a job yet. I turned in one application this morning and I received a phone call about a phone interview for another job this afternoon. I’ve received one rejection letter. I’m not applying to everything I see. I’m not freaking out. Yet. (But, hey! If you know anyone looking for a librarian in the Upper Midwest (Minnesota, Iowa, the Dakotas, Wisonsin), please let me know!)
  4. I have to start paying back my student loans. How do you decide if you can take a position you are sure you’d love in a community you already love when it hardly pays enough for you to make your student loan payments? What would you do?
  5. I honestly cannot wait to get out there — in the world of libraries — budgeting, programming, broken links, interesting conversations, technology, fascinating requests, collaboration and creativity. It gives me goosebumps thinking about the future of libraries! I’m so honored to be part of it!

Thoughts? Questions?

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2 Responses to The Search for a Job

  1. Glad to see you're being so calm about it. I, on the other hand, am in fact freaking out. I apply to everything I see, and haven't heard back from anyone yet!

  2. Heidi says:

    Micah — breathe! More than likely we're applying to different sorts of institutions. Perhaps yours have a little longer hiring process. Ya know? OR… your awesomeness blew them right off their chairs and they're still trying to gather themselves.

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