How To Land Your Dream Job As Librarian

The job market is tough. 39 million Americans are looking for work, and it’s estimated that the number of librarians in the country will drop from 2.5 million to 1.4 million between 2008 and 2018. 

If you’re like me and have a passion for books or just love helping people find information, then landing your dream job as a librarian can be a daunting task: there are so many options out there! 

But fear not! With just some networking skills, a little elbow grease, and plenty of luck (and maybe some magic), you’ll find yourself working at an organization with great benefits and maybe even one that’s located near your favorite library branch.

Create A Linkedin Account That Grabs Recruiters’ Attention

LinkedIn is a professional networking site that helps job seekers identify potential employers, find new job opportunities, and make connections with the right people in their industry. It’s also an excellent way to build your professional reputation online.

To create your LinkedIn profile, you’ll need to enter a lot of information about yourself (including your education history and work experience). 

You should also add recommendations from previous managers or coworkers who can attest to your skill set and personality traits. It’s important to keep this profile up-to-date so that it remains relevant as you move forward in your career.

Once you’ve created your LinkedIn profile, use it as an opportunity to showcase all of your skills from leadership abilities to participate in extracurricular activities such as volunteering at a local library branch or community center and demonstrate why they make you a great fit for certain jobs within libraries across the country!

Sign Up For Indeed, Glassdoor, And More To Find Job Openings

Sign Up For Indeed, Glassdoor, And More

This is a no-brainer, but don’t just sign up for one job site. You want to cast your net as wide as possible and that means using multiple sites. In addition to the obvious choice of Library Journal (which is great!).

Try targeting specific industries like healthcare or non-profits if you know those are the types of organizations you’d like to work with in your career. Other sites worth considering include ZoomInfo and Axiom Talent Solutions.

Use Your 20-20 Vision

What does that mean? Well, when we use our 20-20 vision, we can see the big picture and the details at the same time. We can see the future and what it could look like if we take certain action now. 

We can also see how things are right now and how they might change shortly based on what actions were taken or not taken by others.

One of my favorite quotes is from Helen Keller: “The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard but must be felt with the heart.” 

This holds for finding your dream job as a librarian because having a passion for reading (or for working with teens) is something that cannot always be seen on paper but must be felt by each person who has read their favorite book!

Get Creative With Your Search Strategies

To get the most visibility for your job search, you’ll want to cast a wide net. Use any resources at your disposal: social media, job boards, search engines, and more.

Social media: Facebook groups are a great place to find jobs (and networking opportunities). 

Many Twitter hashtags can help you connect with other librarians and library professionals who are looking for work. If you’re on Pinterest, follow relevant boards (job listings) so that they show up in your feed when you scroll through it!

Job boards: Search for libraries near you that host open positions on their website or bulletin board. Many libraries like to post their openings on sites like Indeed and Simply Hired as well as their websites. 

If there aren’t any relevant posts online yet but this seems like a good fit for your skillset anyway, contact the hiring manager directly via email; tell them about why you’d be interested in working with them specifically (and why now).

Make Sure Your Resume Is Squeaky Clean

As you may have guessed by now, your resume is the most important tool at your disposal for landing a job. It’s where you tell employers about yourself and what sets you apart from other candidates. 

A good resume will be tailored specifically to each job that you are applying for, leveraging keywords from the position description and demonstrating how they relate to your skills, experience, and education. 

The more time spent crafting a compelling document, the better off you’ll be in terms of scoring an interview invite.

To ensure that this document gets noticed by hiring managers (and not accidentally deleted as spam), make sure it follows these rules:

Keep it up-to-date! Don’t waste time sending out old resumes make sure everything is up-to-date before submitting any applications. Check dates on any recent projects or publications; update contact information; add new skills learned since applying last time around; 

Remove anything from previous positions no longer relevant to current ones (like those two years spent stocking shelves at Blockbuster). 

Use online tools like LinkedIn Recruiter to help keep track of old applications so they don’t get lost in their system when switching jobs or careers later down the road too–they’re great record-keeping resources!

Maximize Your Experience And Downplay Your Youth

While having a degree can help your chances of getting hired, it’s your experience that will make or break you in a job interview. 

It’s also important to downplay your age when applying for these positions a common misconception is that anyone under 30 is just starting, and therefore untrustworthy. But being young isn’t necessarily a bad thing!

As the old saying goes: “It’s not what you know; it’s who you know.” So while working at local libraries may be the best way to get your foot in the door, don’t stop there if you want to land that dream job it’s time to put on some networking shoes! 

Meet as many people as possible who work in libraries or even at other companies related to books or publishing. Having connections makes getting noticed easier because they can refer you directly (or indirectly) without any risk involved on their part. 

And once they do refer someone with whom they have an existing relationship, there are no worries about whether or not this person will be able to deliver on the promises they already have!

Join The American Library Association (ALA)

Joining the ALA is a great way to keep up with the latest news and trends in your field, as well as meet other librarians. It’s also a great way to network, so you can start building relationships with colleagues who are already established in their careers.

ALA membership includes access to many valuable resources: articles, research studies, job postings, and more!

Apply For Jobs Even If You Don’t Technically Qualify For Them

There’s no harm in putting your name in the hat for a job you don’t technically qualify for. If you make it past the initial screening, then the hiring manager may see how well your skills and experience match up with the position description. 

You never know you might find yourself being called in for an interview!

If nothing else, submitting your resume demonstrates that you’re genuinely interested in working at this organization. This can help set you apart from other applicants who have fewer reasons to apply (or none at all).

Don’t Forget About The Little Guys And Gals

You’ve probably heard that the library profession is changing. In some ways, this is good news: libraries are increasingly moving towards a focus on data and technology skills that are in demand by employers. 

But there’s also bad news: this shift means that many librarians aren’t doing what they love to do anymore.

The thing about all of these changes is that they don’t affect everyone equally if you’re looking for a job in your field right now, it’s important to know where you fit in with all of these shifts. 

The truth is that if you want to land your dream job as a librarian or even just keep working at your current one (and maybe even get paid more).

Then it’s time for us all to start thinking about how we can adapt our approach and learn new skills so we can continue doing what we love for less money than ever before!

Polish Up Your References

To land your dream job, you’ll want to make sure that all of your references are in good shape. This means a few things:

  • Make sure they can be reached before the interview. If the reference isn’t available, they won’t be able to write a recommendation.
  • Find out how much notice they need and let them know when you are contacting them so they can plan.
  • Ask them if they’d be willing to write a recommendation for you (and/or send one directly to the employer).

You should also ask whether or not it’s okay for potential employers to contact them about their recommendations for you if your mentor says no, then don’t put his/her name down on an application form without asking again first!

Brush Up On Your Interview Skills

If you’re interviewing for a new job as an information specialist, it’s important to have answers ready for some of the most common interview questions.

Let’s start with experience: What do you know about our company? How did you get your current position? Why are you interested in working here?

What about skills and personality traits? What are your strengths and weaknesses? What makes you different than the other candidates we’ve interviewed so far?

Last but not least, let’s talk about work ethic: Why should I hire you instead of someone else who is equally qualified or better qualified than yourself?

Practice Makes Perfect! Practice Answering Questions You Know Employers Might Ask You During The Interview

You should prepare for your interview. Practice answering questions you know employers might ask you during the interview. 

You can practice answering them in a variety of ways and different situations, like a casual conversation with friends or family members or as part of a mock interview with peers at work who have experience conducting interviews. 

You can also try out different formats, such as flash cards or writing out answers on paper to see which one works best for you the point is that preparing for the interview keeps things fresh and increases confidence when it comes time for practice runs!

Ask Questions During The Interview To Demonstrate Your Interest In The Position And Organization

A good way to demonstrate your interest in the position and organization is by asking questions during the interview. Questions can be tricky, though, so make sure that you ask good ones.

  • Avoid asking questions that are too personal, such as “When did you get married?” or “Are you a dog person or a cat person?”
  • Don’t ask questions about money—employers don’t have to reveal salary information until after they offer you a job.

Ask questions about things that will help determine if this position is right for you:

What kind of training programs are available? Are there opportunities for growth within the organization? Do employees stay with this company long-term or do they tend to come and go frequently? A lot of these details can be found on their website or through other research.


If you’re frustrated by the difficulty of finding a job as a librarian, we can help. We know that getting started in this career can be challenging and sometimes even seem impossible. 

That’s why we created this article: to give you all the tools and resources needed to find that dream job. But don’t just take our word for it try them out for yourself!