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!

“It’s a marathon, not a sprint”

As it turns out, looking for a position at a public library takes much longer than one would imagine. I am still waiting (and they’re still evaluating) from places I’ve applied to in late May and early June.

I recently attended a webinar sponsored by LLAMA on applying for library jobs and they indicated that it usually takes between two and four months to go through the process, whether it be having a job at the end or receiving a polite rejection letter or email.

I’d really like the opportunity to be invited for more interviews simply because it’ll be good practice, but even more so to increase my morale. Unfortunately, that’s not really how it works so morale needs to be found in other venues.

Other things I’m working on to increase my morale? This blog! And actually making use of my Goodreads account. A great way to prepare for upcoming interviews is to organize your Goodreads books in categories that match with what position you’re applying for. Children’s librarian interview? No problem! I’ve got my children’s books organized on Goodreads. (In actuality, I have not done this yet, but it’s still great advice)

Please feel free to share any librarian job search or interview/interview prep stories in the comments; it can only help me!