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Foreword Sue Hill vii 1 Scene setting: the challenges of today's employment market 1 Introduction 1 Employment patterns - no more 'jobs for life'? 3 The effect of official policies 5 New focus in subject work 6 New areas of professional work 8 Working in another country 9 The need for continuing professional development 12 New skills for new roles 13 2 Your master career plan, or, Do you have to kiss a lot of frogs to find a prince or princess? 17 Job for life or portfolio career? 18 Risk assessment for jobs 20 Is there a better job for you? 21 Getting help 21 So what types of jobs are available? 22 Joining associated groups 31 Taking a worldwide approach 31 3 Starting your career 34 'Conventional' library and information work 35 New areas of work for library and information professionals 35 Research the marketplace 40 What are and where are the jobs? 43 The professional bodies 44 Where do I find out about available jobs? 46 The generalist 47 Experience: how long is long enough? 48 Work patterns 49 Mentoring 50 Deciding what is right for you 53 4 Applying for a job 54 How to read a job advertisement 54 Whether to apply for a post 55 Do your homework 56 How to apply for a post 58 Matching the employer's requirements 59 Your CV 60 Applying 'cold' for a job 67 Spoilt for choice? 67 Working in Europe case study revisited 68 5 Next steps in your career, including promotion plans 71 Getting promoted and developing a job promotion plan 71 Going for another job in your own organization 77 Going for promotion in your own organization 78 Going for a similar job with another employer 79 Going for a better job with another employer 81 Demonstrating your value to a future employer 81 Referees 81 Changing sector 83 Working from home 84 6 Your successful interview 87 Getting to the interview stage 88 What interviewers are looking for 88 Preparing for your interview 89 Kinds of interview 90 Details of the interview 93 Other tests 94 Watch your appearance 98 Getting to the interview 99 Starting the interview 100 During your interview 102 Promotion interviews 104 Wrapping up the interview 107 The do and don't checklist 108 7 After the interview 111 Obtaining feedback about your performance 111 Evaluating the job offer 112 8 Looking sideways ... and back 120 Why looking at other opportunities in your organization may benefit your career 121 Losing your job 124 Temporary work 124 Going independent - the pitfalls, perils and pleasures 126 Code of ethics 134 9 Other considerations in career planning 136 What really interests or motivates you? 137 Trends in pay 138 Watching the media for jobs advertised 140 Have you thought about being a serial temp worker? 141 What other benefits does a package offer? 143 What lies over the fence? 143 Returning to work after a break 143 Flexibility 145 Where do you want to be in three, five or even ten years' time? 146 Have you got the work-life balance right? 147 Now it's your decision 149 10 Career case studies 151 Pat Gallaher, Australia 152 Irja Laamanen, Finland 156 Information Specialist, USA 160 Jan Parry, UK 162 Appendix 1 Typical questions on an application form 167 Appendix 2 A possible CV for a library or information professional 172 Further reading, websites and organizations 175 Index 197Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Library science Vocational guidance, Library science Vocational guidance Great Britain, Information science Vocational guidance, Information science Vocational guidance Great Britain