Thursday, January 15, 2009
Take Advantage of Your Librarian
There's a nice article in the Wall Street Journal this morning talking about how job seekers are flocking to public libraries to take advantage of free wi-fi, computers and career books. I used to work as the Career Resources librarian at Simmons College and have also worked as a researcher & sourcer for a recruiting firm. This sort of reference work is a lot of fun, because you unearth professional associations you never dreamed would exist (there's an association for everything!), learn about companies you otherwise never would hear of, and tap into all sorts of alumni networks. In other words, it's detective work and a blast. Reference librarians are built for this sort of thing, so more job hunters should take advantage of not only their libraries, but also their librarians. Ask them questions, that's what we're there for!