Tuesday, February 17, 2009
New Series: Job Search Tip of the Day
Despite the poor economy, despite dour news from every direction, people are still getting hired. Yes, it’s hard work, often discouraging and replete with emotional ups and downs. But finding a job is not impossible.
And from a Biblical perspective, we serve a God of hope who is both willing and able to open and close doors, create a way when there is none. He is indeed the Way Maker as Scripture illustrates over and over again.
So to assist this year’s seniors—and maybe some alumni—with their search, I’m adding a new series to the “What’s it like to be a….?” career profiles which have been running since last summer. Job Search Tip of the Day—baby steps designed to maintain job search momentum. I’ll include tips and suggestions large and small with many examples taken from real life. Both the tried and true as well as current practices designed to increase the effectiveness of your search today.
What’s it like to be a…Librarian?
My job title is: Instruction Librarian
My actual position is: Reference librarian and coordinator of instruction
What does a normal day look like? Is it consistent throughout the year? If you’ve had this position for a while, how have things changed?
We have pretty standard work hours (8-5) year-round, although all ten librarians take turns working evening and Saturday shifts. We are busiest during the academic year; it is very quiet in the library during the summer, but I am usually involved with larger, more time-consuming projects. In addition to regular shifts at the reference desk (about 6-8 hours a week), my primary responsibilities are teaching English 101 research sessions and the administrative tasks involved with coordinating all the instruction the library provides on campus (workshops, lunch sessions, etc). Another area of responsibility is collection development; the faculty members choose most of the books and individual journal titles for the library, but the librarians select the research databases and reference materials. And we also “fill in the gaps” for the book collection in our assigned subject areas. I spend quite a bit of time in meetings as well: we average about two internal staff and/or librarian meetings a week, which take about 5 hours total, and I also have periodic meetings with other campus committees.