Not in the Job Description? Sell Solutions to the Hiring Manager! – SJSU

Published: June 4, 2021 by Gillian Collins

If you are considering information work for non-school, public, or academic organizations, you will likely encounter interviewers (e.g., recruitment managers or human resources personnel) who are unfamiliar with the range of strategic skills that informants can provide. Even a job description may use terminology that describes things you know you can do, but with a language other than a library. Do not worry – you have it. Sign the deal by selling the solutions your skills provide.

Audience and presentation

The first question to ask when applying for a job is “Who is my audience?” The way you communicate with the recruiting manager must prove that you know what your value is, and in a way that makes it clear to them that you are a great investment. Your top three tactics to achieve this:

  1. Sell ​​solutions. When you feel you are out of your comfort zone, you may ignore the way you succeeded, and instead focus only on the LIS skills you have. However, if you refer to your stock of skills, you know it’s not true! You’re going to benefit society all From your skills and expertise, which is what the recruiting manager is looking for.

  2. Industrial jargon. If you go for a walk, speak up. Because you sell solutions, the benefits have been proven. Do not just grab a dictionary and learn the words used in a particular industry. Instead, think about translating your relevant LIS skills into “industrial jargon” that will resonate with your listener. Stick to what you can prove to the recruiting manager and be authentic, but read the room. When you get the interview, a recruiting manager will look at how you can fit into his industry – this is a great opportunity to prove yourself. Willingness and ability to match the LIS language to that of the recruiting manager will help you avoid the alienation of the person considering you.
  3. Refer to the headlines. Sometimes the title “librarian” is immediately rejected as a job and not as a strategically valuable system. It should not discourage you; The skills of a librarian and a MLIS / LIS professional Jobs In many situations in all kinds of organizations, both non-profit and for-profit. Although they may not fully understand it at the beginning of your interview, recruiting executives who want an excellent information specialist really want you. (A great way to convince them at this point is to explore some of the strategic roles that information professionals play in organizations, explore some of the positions that fit your skills and strengths, and be willing to mention them as “additional services” for you. Can provide.)

We all fit into the information

One of the great things about being an iSchool student is that you can be passionate about working in libraries, archives, treasures or a variety of other MLIS / LIS careers. Information is everywhere, and that’s our sweet spot. The more information there is, the more opportunities there are for us. Breaking out of the norm is how we set the tone for our field and help open up new opportunities for our peers. Ready to get started? You can use your plan of action to chart a path to get from where you are now to where you really see yourself; Take a second to find out where you might – or might want to – integrate with your unique potential and potential career opportunities.

Remember: If information is everywhere (and it is!), Being an information expert is exactly who you want to be.

A quick jot from Gillian

I once had a very short temporary performance that worked with Compatibility, which is like a scam. But what I was able to gather was that my skills in finding information, applying it to a problem in the real world, and then comparing facts to what was in front of me were the main thing. Now compliance work – a particularly fiscal assessment – is really not on my career dream list. But the experience of seeing how to apply information skills in a task really helped me realize that while I helped perform a task in an area where I had zero experience, I could rely on what I knew to do using my information skills. This experience has helped me “get out of the MLIS bubble” and realize that the organization’s buzzwords and non-library job titles are likely to be an expanding part of the information profession’s future and future career opportunities.

Additional resources

Career options

  • Digital archive. Walt Disney Studios; Walt Disney Animation Research Library (ARL). Barbank, California, United States. Full time. Apply through
    Disney career
  • Digital Archive – The Interviews Academy of Television. Part-time, remotely until the site reopens. North Hollywood, California for more information and applying according to instructions
    Careers at the Academy of Television

Mark your diary!

Re-invention of libraries for the post-Cubid world Hosted by Library 2.0 & SJSU

Essential but not transformative: methods to differentiate between the mainstays of the field and thresholds

  • presenter: Dr. Virginia Tucker
  • date: Wednesday, July 7, 2021
  • time: 10:00 to 11:00 (Pacific time)
  • Place: Online, more information on attendance will be posted


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