For Job Seekers

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Workshops and Information Sessions for Job Seekers

The Placement Center will be located in the San Diego Convention Center, Lower Level, Hall H
Note: Conference registration is NOT required to go to the Placement Center, to use Placement services, or to attend any workshop that is held in the Placement Center.

You are welcome to come to the Placement Center any time we are open. Job seekers should register and search for jobs on the JobLIST web page. All services are free to job seekers.

There is no cost to register. Registration is not required to view job information. However, it is to the job seeker's advantage to do so. It will give registered employers access to your resume information. It will also allow for direct communication between you and the employer. If you see a position that you are interested in, you can send a message directly to the representative through the JobLIST system.

If you plan to attend conference, you should indicate this on your information. After you register on JobLIST, be sure to log in often and check your messages. Employers who will be attending the conference can and probably will contact you regarding interviews.

Placement Center Orientation
Saturday, January 8, 2011
8:30 a.m. in the Placement Center

Placement Center Open
Saturday & Sunday, January 8 & 9, 2011
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Career Counseling
Saturday & Sunday, January 8 & 9
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Placement Center
Cost: FREE

Dr. Caitlin Williams, a professional career counselor and coach, will be in the Placement Center to provide free one-on-one career counseling sessions. To sign-up for a session, send an email to and use 'MDW11 Career Coun' in the subject line. In the message, you should indicate which day (Saturday or Sunday) and time (morning or afternoon) you prefer. Also include a second choice. On-site, you may go to the scheduling booth in the Placement Center to see if any appointment times are still available. Since these appointments go fast, you should consider scheduling in advance.

Resume Critiquing Service
Saturday & Sunday, January 8 & 9;
9:00am – 5:00pm
Location: Placement Center
Cost: FREE

If you need help getting your resume polished off, stop by the Placement Center while you are at conference. The New Members Round Table provides resume critiquing service to conference attendees. The service is free, and available anytime the Placement Center is open. Come to the orientation on Saturday morning to sign up for an appointment.

Open House
Sunday, January 9, 2011;
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Location: Placement Center

Employers will be available to talk to conference attendees about their institutions. No appointment necessary. See the Recruiters at Conference page to see the participating employers.

Career Development Workshops


Improving Your Odds: Career-Changing and Job-Hunting Strategies
9:30 - 11:00a.m.
Location: Placement Center
Registration NOT Required.
Presented by Pat Wagner of Pattern Research, Inc.

Are you planning a job change? Anticipating layoffs at your library? Looking for your first library position? Been in the job market for a while? Trying to help your library users with their job hunts? Learn practical tips about how to deal with job-hunting in a depressed economy. Topics include common career and job-hunting mistakes, financial realities, re-negotiating the social contract with your family, when not to use a resume, why job-hunting is a sales campaign, why networking still works best in an electronic age, the importance of lifelong learning inside and outside of a classroom, helping others, and why you need a team.

SUNDAY, Jan. 9

Improving Your Odds: Resume- and Brochure-Writing Strategies
9:00 - 10:30a.m.
Location: Placement Center
Registration NOT Required.
Presented by Pat Wagner of Pattern Research, Inc.

Regardless of your current job situation, everyone needs an up-to-date resume and career portfolio, as well as promotional materials, to take advantage of unexpected opportunities. Learn the three main kinds of resumes, when a personal brochure is better, what to put on your personal business card, how to build a career portfolio, why you need LinkedIn and Facebook even if you have a website, common resume mistakes, the importance of the cover letter, helping others, and why even professionals need someone else to proof their resume.

About the presenter:
For many years Pat Wagner worked with adults who were changing careers and looking for jobs, particularly in the public sector. She was a college counselor and instructor, conducted job-hunting classes for unionized and government workplaces, and participated in outplacement programs, where she taught people to write resumes and build job-hunting networks. She also coached job-hunters individually on research and networking. Currently, she is a library consultant and trainer with over 30 years' experience working with libraries. Pat is known for her good-humored and practical programs.

The Ins and Outs of Job Hunting for Academic Library Positions - An Insider's Perspective
1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Placement Center
Registration NOT Required.

An ARL recruiter provides a review of the selection process and lots of specific pointers for those seeking their first or next position in an academic library. Great information even if you are not in an academic environment.

About the presenter:
Brian Keith is Assistant Dean for Financial and Human Resources at the University of Florida, George A. Smathers Libraries. In this capacity he manages the recruitment process for more than 400 library positions, provides employee relations counseling, and coordinates employee relations actions with representatives of numerous university entities. He also develops, maintains and interprets compensation plans for library employees, manages the library performance review process, and administrates the tenure and promotion process. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the academic environment.

TUESDAY, January 11, 2011

Position Yourself for Advancement or Career Transition (even while you're working)
Details to come.

  • Note: Keep checking back for updated information.

For more information on the Placement Center, contact Placement Manager, Beatrice Calvin at