James E. Manasco-Candidate for Chapter Cabinet Chair-Elect-Question #2: What advice would you give someone in their 20’s just entering the profession about how to find and keep a fabulous job as a special librarian or information professional?
When searching for that first job, be ready to relocate, especially if you live near a library school. Embody self-confidence. Don't be afraid to develop and demonstrate creativity and initiative. Your membership in SLA is also essential when you are looking for that first job. Student membership is economical and the best decision you'll make as a young professional.
I have personally witnessed new professionals being informally interviewed for positions at Annual Conference open houses. The connections you make through networking with SLA colleagues, at the Annual Conference, Leadership Summit and in the chapters, can give you early notice of jobs that will be available and give you a good contact point for finding out the real skinny on the situation at an organization or business.
The networking SLA provides can certainly help you land a job, but the continuing education and professional development provided can make sure you keep that job! The skills you learn and enhance through your activities with SLA make you a more valuable employee and, if you do get downsized, can ensure that your time out of a job is short.
SLA allows you to become the epitome of a value-added professional. 'Nuff said!
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