This book examines the difficulties confronting information professionals who, due to financial downturns, technological change, or personal crises, are forced to re-evaluate their career options. It is divided between a case study (based on the author’s own experiences) of career dislocation and eventual career renewal, and several sections that offer pragmatic advice on how to recover from job loss, conduct a skills assessment and develop a practical job search strategy. The author, with honesty, confronts the serious and sometimes troubling psychological and professional consequences of layoffs and job burnout. This book presents an overall positive outlook on personal growth and the opportunities our new information environment holds.
Provides the tools and resources that will help the reader decide on the best approach to re-start their career Presents first-hand experience about the anxiety, hard work, and excitement that go into career renewal Shines a light on the understanding of the various challenges that come with working in multiple library environments
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
About the author
Chapter 1: Introduction to the parameters of career renewal
Chapter 2: Career recovery: a case study of my personal job search
Off to California
First you fail and then, guess what, you fail again
Why not try something new? Re-envisioning the problem
New approach, but the road is still bumpy and long
Your social network is not always a source of support
At last, I found a job
Dos and don’ts: some lessons to be learned from my experience
Observations to be drawn from my case: or some of the deadly sins of modern- day employment and job searching
Chapter 3: No job, no way: librarians are often unprepared for voluntary and involuntary career changes
The dodo effect: too much specialization and too much complacency
It comes like a thief in the night and sometimes it doesn’t
The job market: there is a big world outside these hallowed halls
We have it within our power: self-assessment and reframing
Chapter 4: First you grieve: job loss, job stagnation, and job burnout in an age of transition
We are handling it, but are we really?
You got a right to sing the blues!
You are more than just a job title
Rethinking your skill set and reframing your career goals
Chapter 5: Re-envisioning your career: a new look at yourself and your skills
Who are you and what do you want to do with your career?
The really big change
Skills analysis: don’t sell yourself short
The generalist, the hybrid, and the specialist: know yourself and consider how others may know you
You are a person not just a category
Outside work is not outside of the box
Getting another perspective
Chapter 6: Reframing your skills and search strategies: preparing for the job search and looking at your professional goals with a fresh and realistic approach
You cannot find what you want unless you know what you need
How do I know what I want and need in a job?
Job searching: it’s better than you think
Searching may be easier but applying for a job can be confusing
The essentials: résumé, cover letter, references
Now set sail
Chapter 7: New résumé, new interview skills, but the road can still be bumpy: preparing for the job search and practicing the survival skills needed for success
Trends in twenty-first century job interviews: forewarned is forearmed
The three Ps for surviving the job hunt: patience, persistence, and perspective
Chapter 8: You got your job! Hurray! But now what?
Sometimes a bargain is not a bargain
Stay prepared, stay alert
Chapter 9: How can our professional organizations and graduate schools build a better professional support system?
A roomful of worry and hope: the ALA-Allied Professional Association meeting
Our graduate school programs: part of the answer and part of the problem
What kinds of support can our professional organizations provide?
Chapter 10: Conclusions: recovery, reframing, and renewal are a matter of interpretation
What do we mean by recovery?
What do we mean by reframing?
What do we mean by renewal?
Title: Recovery, Reframing, and Renewal
Release date: March 2011
Publisher(s): Chandos Publishing