Librarian, Sell Thyself

That IS what they tell us to do when we apply for a job, isn’t it?  I’ve finally reached the threshold of the doorway that leads out to the job hunt, and will be crossing it with the start of the new year.  I have a couple reference librarian job positions under consideration already…hopefully they’re still open.

As I sit and think about how to structure my cover letters, I find myself asking the usual question: “What is going to set me apart without making me seem (a) arrogant or (b) weird?”  I want to convey the impression that I’ll fit into the law library’s culture, but there’s only so much I can do to guess what that is without taking a trip and checking things out in person.  I’d also like to infuse a tiny essence of my personality into the materials I’m submitting, but I’m afraid of scaring the search committees. 🙂

One thing I’ve already learned and need to pass along to to others is to format your resume from scratch.  Don’t try to fool around with a template or wizard because it will leave you with too much white space and the bullets won’t do what you want them to do regardless of how nicely you ask.  Doing it yourself gives you the flexibility and control to produce something that’s the best reflection of the image you want to present to potential employers. 

So here I go into the unknown…


One Response to “Librarian, Sell Thyself”

  1. Jim Says:

    Fortunately, more experienced law librarians are usually more than happy to help give you the low-down on places you’re considering. Good luck!

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