Not Dead Yet: Long Live the Resume

I feel sorry for the humble resume--it’s been on a celebrity deathwatch for years. In the digital age there’s no need for an old-fashioned resume, is there? Surely social media, video and technology have replaced the boring old resume when it comes to recruiting and evaluating talent, right?...more

What NOT To Do In An Interview

  You managed to avoid these traps and got past the resume screening stage. But there are more potential pitfalls between you and a new job.Here are a few mistakes to avoid during your interview:Show Up Late...more

In this latest turn of events...

In this latest turn of events…I am now the official 3rd grade teacher at a very small Catholic school in a nearby town. I’m not even sure how it happened. The day I got my rejection letter (the Monday before this last one), I applied for a job there. On Tuesday they called me in for an interview. I interviewed on Friday. They offered me the job on Monday. I accepted yesterday....more

Falling Down

I have to be someone else for a little while. Or maybe a long while, depending on how things go. You see, I'm changing careers and need to protect myself against misinterpretations of my most opinionated postings. Which means if I'm going to blog, I have to blog anonymously. And I need to blog, right now.This morning I got an email message from the manager in charge of my dream job. She was kindly dropping a line to let me know that my resume was not shortlisted for interviewing. I say 'kindly' because she was under no obligation to email me, and the message was generous in tone....more

10 Tips for Job Hunting After 50

 I don’t think there’s much question that ageism exists in the workplace in America.  We live in a youth-oriented culture, and many people over 50 are subject to some bias on the job.  Younger  workers often view older employees as slower, less technologically savvy, and possessing obsolete skills.  If you're 50+, getting hired over 20- and 30-somethings could be tough.  Experience is not an advantage if it’s viewed as outdated or an obstacle to progress. ...more

Just Say NO to Traditional Networking

By Sheri Kendall-duPont, COLL100 Faculty at American Public UniversityDale Carnegie said it best, “greet everyone you meet and show an interest in them. Remember the things that are important to them.” This is great advice and a good way to approach networking, but you must go one step further: follow up.Networking reaches far beyond the mere exchange of business cards and polite smiles. With a well-defined strategy, a strong network can be built in four easy steps....more

Saying Thank You: A Post-Interview Essential

In the last few weeks, we’ve been interviewing for an evening Reference Librarian position, and it got me thinking about my own grueling job search, not so long ago! I remember stressing out about how much stuff I had to get together: update my CV to highlight what the posting is asking for, re-write my cover letter, investigate the institution, research the library, the list goes on and on....more