- Provides the tools and resources that will help the reader decide on the best approach to re-start their career
- Presents first-hand experience about the anxiety, hard work, and excitement that go into career renewal
- Shines a light on the understanding of the various challenges that come with working in multiple library environments
Table of Contents
- About the author
- Chapter 1: Introduction to the parameters of career renewal
- Chapter 2: Career recovery: a case study of my personal job search
- Off to California
- First you fail and then, guess what, you fail again
- Why not try something new? Re-envisioning the problem
- New approach, but the road is still bumpy and long
- Your social network is not always a source of support
- At last, I found a job
- Dos and don’ts: some lessons to be learned from my experience
- Observations to be drawn from my case: or some of the deadly sins of modern- day employment and job searching
- Chapter 3: No job, no way: librarians are often unprepared for voluntary and involuntary career changes
- The dodo effect: too much specialization and too much complacency
- It comes like a thief in the night and sometimes it doesn’t
- The job market: there is a big world outside these hallowed halls
- We have it within our power: self-assessment and reframing
- Chapter 4: First you grieve: job loss, job stagnation, and job burnout in an age of transition
- We are handling it, but are we really?
- You got a right to sing the blues!
- You are more than just a job title
- Rethinking your skill set and reframing your career goals
- Chapter 5: Re-envisioning your career: a new look at yourself and your skills
- Who are you and what do you want to do with your career?
- The really big change
- Skills analysis: don’t sell yourself short
- The generalist, the hybrid, and the specialist: know yourself and consider how others may know you
- You are a person not just a category
- Outside work is not outside of the box
- Getting another perspective
- Chapter 6: Reframing your skills and search strategies: preparing for the job search and looking at your professional goals with a fresh and realistic approach
- You cannot find what you want unless you know what you need
- How do I know what I want and need in a job?
- Job searching: it’s better than you think
- Searching may be easier but applying for a job can be confusing
- The essentials: résumé, cover letter, references
- Now set sail
- Chapter 7: New résumé, new interview skills, but the road can still be bumpy: preparing for the job search and practicing the survival skills needed for success
- Trends in twenty-first century job interviews: forewarned is forearmed
- The three Ps for surviving the job hunt: patience, persistence, and perspective
- Chapter 8: You got your job! Hurray! But now what?
- Sometimes a bargain is not a bargain
- Stay prepared, stay alert
- Chapter 9: How can our professional organizations and graduate schools build a better professional support system?
- A roomful of worry and hope: the ALA-Allied Professional Association meeting
- Our graduate school programs: part of the answer and part of the problem
- What kinds of support can our professional organizations provide?
- Chapter 10: Conclusions: recovery, reframing, and renewal are a matter of interpretation
- What do we mean by recovery?
- What do we mean by reframing?
- What do we mean by renewal?
- No. of pages: 168
- Language: English
- Copyright: © Chandos Publishing 2011
- Published: March 4, 2011
- Imprint: Chandos Publishing
- eBook ISBN: 9781780632728
- Paperback ISBN: 9781843346326
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