Monday, June 27, 2011

Great Resource Guide for Your Internet Job Search from LLRX

I don't usually post to this blog 3 times in one day, but this is a terrific job search guide and I wanted to get it up as quickly as possible:

Let's Become Irresistible . . .

To potential employers. Here's one perspective on how it can be done, even in a very challenging economic climate:

100 Great Websites

Forbes Woman has compiled its 2011 list of "The Top 100 Websites for Women." However, I'm betting that men will also find some useful information on these
websites too:


Friday, March 11, 2011

The Parsons Institute for Information Mapping (IMM)

This cutting-edge Institute is affiliated with the Parsons School of Design. IMM's website is beautifully designed, and it features a wealth of resources on "knowledge visualization." In addition, the Institute publishes the Parsons Journal for Information Mapping. Increasingly, the field of library and information science is blurring disciplinary boundaries in new and creative ways. This is one intriguing and aesthetically pleasing example. Check it out at:

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Do You Think You Know Everything about Searching In Google?

If you haven't had a look at Google Guide, then think again!
Nancy Bachman created this comprehensive, interactive
tutorial for Google because she wanted more information on
Google searches than Google itself provides. She provides it
in specially designed formats for novices, experts and teens at:

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Are You a "Renaissance Soul?"

I think that many information professionals are. We tend to have a wide range of eclectic interests that are sometimes difficult to translate into pragmatic career directions; especially in a tough economic environment like the present one. If you recognize yourself in this description, then career coach Margaret Lobenstine may be able to help. Her website is at:

Thursday, December 9, 2010

METRO Cover Letter Evaluation Workshop

On December 9, 2010, I presented a strategic Cover Letter Evaluation workshop for members of the Metropolitan New York Library Council(METRO) Career Transition Special Interest Group. Along with colleague Deb Falik, I discussed different types of cover letters, basic components of cover letters, and relevant resources. The heart of the presentation was a 20 minute interactive cover letter evaluation in which participants worked in pairs to create new cover letters or improve on older cover letters that they brought with them. The participants then re-convened to share newly discovered strategies and techniques with the entire group. A total of eight METRO members participated.

If you are interested in creating customized cover letters that complement your resume and increase the likelihood of being called for interviews by prospective employers, some resources that I recommend are:

Cover Letter Magic. Wendy S. Enelow and Louise M. Kursmark
The inside front cover lists "The Nine Types of Cover Letters" and "Six Steps to the Perfect Cover Letter."

202 Great Cover Letters. Michael Betrus
Page 6 diagrams the basic components of a sample cover letter.

Knock'em Dead Cover Letters. Martin Yates
Page 35 has an alphabetized list of relevant action verbs that is useful for discussing your experience and skills in the crucial second and third paragraphs that constitute the body of the cover letter. Martin Yates' website has updated career information at