Career Services hosts Job Search Month activities

Posted: February 1, 2016

GSLIS Career Services is hosting a special series of Job Search Month events throughout the month of February. In addition to the services offered throughout the year—including one-on-one consultations, job search assistance, and interview prep—Job Search Month activities will feature on-campus and virtual events to help students prepare for the job search process.

“We have found that students who begin their job search early have a much less stressful job search experience,” said Becky Hodson, visiting career services coordinator.

“It’s never too early to start thinking about your career after graduation but it is especially important for upcoming May and August grads to get the job search underway. With Job Search Month, we have developed a series of events and activities that we hope encourages and supports our students through this process,” she said.   

Throughout February, GSLIS faculty, staff, students, and alumni are encouraged to share resources, ask questions, and share advice using #GSLISadvice and following @GSLIScareers.

Job Search Month events, listed below, are open to all GSLIS students.

Schedule of events

From the field: William Blair & Co.
Thursday, February 4, 12:00 p.m.
Janet Hartmann, research manager, and GSLIS alumna Helen Richmond (MS '12), research librarian, from the global boutique investment bank William Blair & Co., will discuss the firm's business model, how the Business Information Center contributes to the success of Investment Banking and other key departments, what skills and knowledge graduates need to become a financial services researcher, and what kinds of opportunities will be available for information professionals at William Blair in the future.

Job search quick chat: Academic libraries
Wednesday, February 10, 5:30 p.m.
A recent GSLIS graduate will share experiences relevant to successfully gaining employment in an academic library.

Job search drop-in Q & A
Friday, February 12, 3:00 p.m.
Career Services staff are here to answer any and all of your job search questions. Whether you are just beginning your degree or will be graduating in May, you may have questions about the job search, and we are here to help.

Resume review
February 15-19
GSLIS faculty and LIS professionals will be available to review student resumes in one-on-one sessions.

Strategies for navigating networking
Wednesday, February 17, 12:00 p.m.
Career Services staff will highlight strategies for getting the most out of networking events. Topics will include how to make the most of a networking opportunity, developing your "pitch" or "elevator speech," and how to follow up and keep building your network after an event.

Job search quick chat: Public libraries
Tuesday, February 23, 7:00 p.m.
Join recent GSLIS graduates as they share their experiences in successfully gaining employment in a public library.

Storytelling your career with Kate McDowell
Wednesday, February 24, 12:00 p.m.
Effectively telling the story of your professional path can be a key tool toward reaching your next professional goals. Join Kate McDowell, associate professor and assistant dean for student affairs, for an interactive workshop on the chronological and logical structures of stories, the dynamic of storytelling, and thinking in story for your cover letter, resume, and interview.

Field trip to Chicago
Friday, February 26

Details to come.

Alumni/student Chicago networking reception
Friday, February 26, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
For students this is a fun and easy way to get to know peers and make new connections that will help grow your network! For alumni and other LIS professionals, this will be a lively evening of engagement with our students who are eager to gain your valuable knowledge in your field, recommended courses, job search tips, and more. This event is open to all GSLIS students and alumni, and other LIS profressionals.

Job search drop-in Q & A (virtual)
Monday, February 29, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Career Services staff are here to answer any and all of your job search questions. Whether you are just beginning your degree or will be graduating in May, you may have questions about the job search, and we are here to help.

Filed Under: Education of Information Professionals, Student Affairs