How to deal

Rejection can be really hard, especially when you’re applying for that “dream” library job. It can sprout insecurities about your abilities and skills; it can feel like the only responses you’re going to get are those rejection emails.

I find that at the moment when you’re feeling most insecure and down, it helps to talk about it with family, close friends, and library colleagues. Your colleagues, most of all, will most likely relate to your specific experience; but, in general, most people know what it’s like to be unemployed looking for work and to be rejected sometimes.

Also, you should consider the fact that often public libraries hire from within and place a job ad for compulsory purposes only. Once you apply, they’ll let you know that the position has been filled usually only when their desired candidate is hired.

Although it doesn’t make the rejection element any easier, it does help to place things more into perspective. If you went to an ALA-approved Library and/or Information Science program, you most likely hold the skill set that hiring libraries are looking for.

If you are looking for a specific job at a specific location, it can really help to get your foot in the door by volunteering with that dream library and getting to know the team, and more importantly, letting that team get to know you!

Stay motivated! The jobs are out there; just keep applying!

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