Career Blog: Networking

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Going Up: The Elevator Pitch

Published: August 21, 2018 by Evelyn Hudson

The elevator pitch or one-minute commercial is an essential tool to have in your back pocket when looking for a job. It’s perfect to use in so many situations—like on the elevator ride with a potential employer. A little thought and practice beforehand will give you an essential tool for networking and putting your best professional persona forward.

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This is as Important as Your GPA

Published: August 18, 2017 by Kate M. Spaulding

As the official start of the fall semester looms approaches, I asked Kim Dority to share some of her wisdom. What follows is both a pep talk (that B in cataloging is going to be ok) and a smart strategic plan to keep in mind as courses begin. Combining Kim’s advice with Jill’s nuts ‘n bolts webcasts on how to network and job search on LinkedIn should help you reach the head of the class!

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What I Learned at SLA 2017

Published: June 23, 2017 by Kate M. Spaulding

A conference newbie reflects on her first professional conference experience and shares her five takeaways from attending the Special Libraries Association 2017 Conference.

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How to Use Conference #Hashtags

Published: June 16, 2017 by Kate M. Spaulding

Use Twitter to enhance your conference experience, whether you’re attending or not!

It’s (un)officially summer, which means conference season is warming up (or fiery hot). These days, in addition to weird acronyms and too many reusable bags, conferences also come with their very own Twitter hashtags. Some of you may be rolling your eyes at this point, but they actually can be useful. #trust

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Behind the Research with Laurel Brenner

Published: June 2, 2017 by Kate M. Spaulding

By now you may have read on these virtual pages that the iSchool’s 2017 Emerging Trends Report has been released. It’s full of interesting information, so I wanted to connect with the author. Laurel Brenner, a fellow iSchool student, collected and analyzed data during the spring semester. I posed a few questions, and I’m sharing her answers below. I hope you find them as insightful as I do!

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Students Connect at ALA Annual

Published: May 19, 2017 by Kate M. Spaulding

The American Library Association Conference as viewed from the student’s perspective. “Try to take it all in … but also be willing to see what happens in the moment.”

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Supercharge Your Career with an Internship

Published: May 16, 2017 by Kate M. Spaulding

Did you know the iSchool maintains an Internship Database? It does! There are virtual and on-site positions, as well as both paid and unpaid internships. You can search by city, organization type, keyword, and more; you also can save listings that intrigue you. The opportunities in the database have all be vetted by the school, so you can be confident that:

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Graduating! Now What?

Published: May 1, 2017 by Kate M. Spaulding

To those of you graduating at the end of the semester, congratulations! That’s awesome, a huge accomplishment, and you should be very proud of yourselves. I imagine it’s all a wee bit terrifying. Or a lot terrifying.

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Archivists Unite at SAA 2017

Published: April 18, 2017 by Kate M. Spaulding

With conference season approaching, I thought it would be interesting to speak with some of the organizers. Many professional associations hold conferences annually, and I wanted to hear their arguments for why students should find the time, money, and energy to attend. Several were kind enough to reply to my emails! I’ve already written about AIIP, SCIP, and SLA.

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Students, Succeed at SLA 2017

Published: April 12, 2017 by Kate M. Spaulding

Brandy King, the SLA 2017 chair, answers why students should attend the Special Libraries Association conference and how to get the most out of the experience.

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LinkedIn as a Job Search Tool

Published: April 4, 2017 by Kate M. Spaulding

By now, I know you know that LinkedIn should be part of your job-hunting arsenal (I think you also need a website). But maybe you’re switching careers, or haven’t updated your profile in a while, or aren’t sure about what you should include or exclude. However, even if you have a perfectly put-together and up-to-date-profile, you might not know how to really make LinkedIn work for you (I don’t).

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Pivot for Success with AIIP

Published: March 30, 2017 by Kate M. Spaulding

With conference season approaching, I thought it would be interesting to speak with some of the organizers. Many professional associations hold conferences annually, and I wanted to hear their arguments for why students should find the time, money, and energy to attend. Several were kind enough to reply to my emails!

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Jean Bedord Advises: Expand Your Job Search

Published: November 29, 2016 by Kate M. Spaulding

iSchool instructor Jean Bedord shares, “Students are always amazed at the variety of organizations that hire MLIS graduates, although the open positions may have very different job titles.”