Applying for Jobs

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Nailing the Library Interview

Job Hunting Tips and Links from Mr.Library Dude, an academic librarian with 15 plus years experience [Last checked: 29/9/20]

5 Things your Resume MUST HAVE to Get More Job Interviews

YouTube video with tips on what to include in your CV and how to set it out. [Last Checked 29/9/20]

How to Fill in Job Applications

YouTube video from Career Help giving tips on filling in applications forms [Last Checked 29/9/20]

Job Tips for Future/Recent LIS Grads

Blog from Hack Library School with information on applying for library jobs, not just for recent graduates [Last checked: 29/9/20]

Resume Revamp: How to Turn Your Duties Into Accomplishments

Blog from The Muse on how to  turn duties into accomplishments on your CV and other tips [Last checked: 29/9/20]

Thing 21: Promoting Yourself in Job Applications and at Interview

’23 Things’ blog post focusing on job applications and interviews [Last checked: 29/9/20]


Anderson, D. E. and Pun, R. (eds.) (2016) Career Transitions for Librarians: Proven strategies for moving to another type of library. Rowman & Littlefield 

This book explores the multifaceted roles of the librarian profession from personal narratives of professional librarians who have successfully worked and transitioned from one type of library to another. From interview tips to developing relevant and transferable skill sets, this unique guide offers testimonials with a targeted advice and job strategies for readers interested in making these successful transitions during a time when there is a huge difficulty in securing a library job. [Last checked: 29/9/20]

Hichens, P. (2013) The One Page CV, Pearson Education 

Create your own high impact CV. Clever, clear, and comprehensive. Get noticed and beat the competition. [Last checked: 30/9/20]

Hornby, M. (2012) How to Get That Job: The complete guide to getting hired (4th ed.). Pearson Education 

This no-nonsense, highly practical and outcome focussed guide to the whole process of job hunting takes you right from the planning stages through writing your CV, flying through aptitude tests, being interviewed on the phone and online, to what to do and say when you finally get the offer you’ve been hoping for. [Last checked: 30/9/20]

Innes, J. (2015) The Cover Letter Book: How to write a winning cover letter that really gets noticed (3rd ed.). Pearson Education 

This book takes you through all the essential rules and high impact strategies to ensure your cover letter makes you stand out from the crowd. [Last checked: 30/09/20]

Innes, J. (2015) The CV Book: How to avoid the most common mistakes and write a winning CV (3rd ed.). Pearson Education

This is the most definitive and well-researched guide to planning, writing and presenting compelling CVs to maximise your chances of getting an interview. [Last checked: 30/9/20]

Lamarre, H. (2013) Career Focus: A personal job search guide (3rd ed.). Pearson Education 

By using this comprehensive yet easy-to-follow guide, students will gain a clearer focus on their own abilities, their career desires, and goals for the future. [Last checked: 30/9/20]

Lees, J. (2013) Just the Job!: Smart and fast strategies to get the perfect job. Pearson Education 

This book reveals how the job market really works, and how to break the rules to find a great job. [Last checked: 30/9/20]

Woodcock, B. and Keaveney, J. (2019) Successful Applications: Work experience, internships and jobs. Palgrave Macmillan 

Packed with top tips and helpful examples, this concise book takes students through the process of preparing and making successful applications for work placements, internships and graduate jobs. It encourages students to think about what they want from their career and to identify roles which match with their personality, strengths and experiences. Chapters provide practical guidance on researching opportunities, crafting CVs and cover letters and preparing for interviews and assessment centres. This handy guide will be an invaluable resource for all students looking to secure work experience, placements or internships whilst at university, and land the job they want after graduation. [Last checked: 30/9/20]

Templar, R. (2015) The Rules of Work: A definitive code of personal success (New edition). Pearson Education 

These Rules are the guiding principles that will improve what you do and how you do it. They will give you the unmistakable air of confidence that will win you admiration, respect, and help you towards your next promotion. [Last checked: 30/9/20]

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When you join LinkedIn, you get access to people, jobs, news, updates, and insights that help you be great at what you do. [Last checked: 30/9/20]


CILIP Lisjobnet

Find job opportunities in library, information and knowledge management with Lisjobnet. [Last checked: 30/9/20]

An Introduction to NHS Jobs

Instructions on how to use the NHS Jobs website [Last checked: 30/9/20] (Library and Information Services)

Search for library, librarian and information officer jobs as well as many more vacancies in global universities, leading research institutions, commercial and public sector employers. [Last checked: 30/9/20]

Making Successful Applications (NHS Jobs)

Advice from NHS Jobs on completing job applications. [Last checked: 30/9/20]

NHS Health Careers: Library, Knowledge and Information Services

A page on the HEE NHS Careers site explaining the working life and roles of a health library career. [Last checked: 30/9/20]