The definitive guide to developing and managing a successful career in the information profession: Information Professionals and Knowledge Managers deal with significant challenges in building successful careers for a number of reasons associated with common misperceptions of their expertise and roles. In environments where they must often justify their work and value over and over again, those already in the profession need a boost and those just entering need to be prepared for a reality that may differ quite a bit from their expectations. The book is intended to give readers a set of tools and techniques with which to secure a strong career, build an effective brand, and succeed as professionals.
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- Written by opinion leaders and highly respected authorities in the field
- Draws upon 50-plus years of experience in a variety of settings and roles
- Offers realistic and honest pointers - no sugar-coating
Practitioners and students of Library and Information Science
Chapter 1: Introduction: an invitation
Overview: what is in the book
Chapter 2: An opaque profession: special challenges
Some professions are universally understood
What do people know about what we do?
Fashioning the value message
Implications: getting used to promotional activities
Show us the money: what money?
You mean… I have to sell myself constantly?
The good news: selling value by giving value
Chapter 3: Knowing who you are: your ‘work personality’ and your ‘best fit’
Work preferences are personal
Our fundamental approach to work vs. personal life
Questions to ponder
Implications for types of environments
Your natural role
Developing your personal skills: a growth plan
What can you do? Plenty!
Chapter 4: Developing your brand: the professional image
Do you know how others see you?
The core of our brand: the value we offer, the difference we make
Choosing a brand: rely on natural strengths
Supporting a brand: reputation and visibility in traditional and new media
Professional associations: key to brand building
Professional demeanor: it’s all about confidence
Professional polish: appearance matters
Tattoos, piercings, and purple hair: proceed with deliberation!
Chapter 5: Looking for a job: tips and tricks
Going on a hunt
Conventional and unconventional hunting locations
Using bait to attract big game
Big game sighted!
Surviving the interview call
Who pays for the hunting road trip?
Hunters look for tracks (or what do your feet say?)
Big game crossing
We’ve been there
Chapter 6: Creating your story: crafting a compelling resume
Print vs. online
Resume as sales instrument
Three common myths: don’t believe them!
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"The Information and Knowledge Professionals Career Handbook invites you to define and create your own success in the next phase of your career. It is a book that has struck a chord with me, and whether you are actively looking for a new job, or just starting to consider your next professional move, I thoroughly recommend that you read it."--InformationToday online, January 13, 2014
"The Information and Knowledge Professionals Career Handbook invites you to define and create your own success in the next phase of your career. It is a book that has struck a chord with me, and whether you are actively looking for a new job, or just starting to consider your next professional move, I thoroughly recommend that you read it…if you are planning to make a new beginning in 2014, this excellent book will start you off in the right direction."--InformationTodayEurope online, January 13, 2014
The information they provide is practical, actionable, and from this professional's experience, spot on. A recommended addition to the literature of LIS career development., Customer review on Amazon.com
...a must-read book for anyone in the "information professions" - whether they are students, recent grads, or later-career professionals looking to chart the course of the rest of their working lives., Customer review on Amazon.com
An excellent resource and is applicable to other professions., Journal of Academic Librarianship