- You have 6/7 seconds to make an impression on a first meeting
- Reputation is built up piece by piece
- Respect is also something you build up. How am I valued by others?
- Intangible skills e.g. self-belief. All skills are transferable.
- Your CV needs to show that you are the best at what you do. It must include examples and you have to treat it like an advertising and sales package.
- Use ‘I’ not ‘we’ (no I in team?). Banned words: ‘only’ as in ‘I only do..’ and ‘them/they’.
- You need a Plan B – an escape route out of the profession.
- Write down what you’re good at and what your dream job looks like
- What is this thing we call a ‘profession’?
- We’re connectors of information. We enable people
- We’re great at customer service: reading people, employing psychological techniques.
- Are we ‘the beating heart’ of the organisation?
2. How do I document my abilities, competencies and skills?
- Do I have more skills than I recognise? What are my weaknesses?
3. Professionalism – what is it?
- Is an employer outside the sector really going to consider someone for a non-library/information post that has always worked in LIS settings? Do we get pigeonholed and is that unfair?
- Isn’t it enormously arrogant to tell an employer why we’re so great and not to address why we should work for the organisation? I always look at the job spec, do some research on the organisation and tailor my application to the job and the company, rather than write a self-promoting ‘pitch’. Am I getting it wrong?