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Your Essential Guide to Career Success



How ambitious are you? Do you have a career plan? Are your skills up-to-date? Where do you want to be in three, five or ten years' time? This book is an essential read for any information professional eager to prosper in the library and information environment of the 21st century. It offers guidance on managing every stage of your career, whether you are a new entrant to the profession wishing to know how to get a foot on the ladder, an information professional in mid-career wishing to progress, or a candidate for a more senior position needing a view of the current state of the profession.
Since publication of the first edition there have been a number of changes in employment law, and in the range of skills - online, linguistic, negotiating and consultancy, for example - required for an information professional to be able to deliver the information services of the future. Making full use of case studies, summaries, further readings and referrals to websites and other sources of practical help, this indispensable guide offers advice on:

  • Challenges and changes in employment for LIS professionals
  • Acquiring new types of skills
  • Your master career plan
  • Starting your career in information work
  • Applying for a job
  • Your successful interview
  • Going for promotion
  • Looking sidewards.

Readership: This is an essential deskbook to explore if you are an information professional in any sector and at any level wishing to learn the skills and techniques to sell yourself with confidence to current and future employers.

Foreword - Sue Hill 1. Scene setting: the challenges of today's employment market 2. Your master career plan, or, Do you have to kiss a lot of frogs to find a prince or princess? 3. Starting your career 4. Applying for a job 5. Next steps in your career, including promotion plans 6. Your successful interview 7. After the interview 8. Looking sideways . . . and back 9. Other considerations in career planning 10. Career case studies Appendix 1. Typical questions on an application form Appendix 2. A possible CV for a library or information professional

Sheila Pantry OBE BA FCLIP manages an independent information services consultancy and electronic publishing business, including websites. She has had a long and varied career in information management in a range of industry sectors, and also in government as Head of Information Services for the Health and Safety Executive. She specializes in worldwide occupational health, safety and fire information and is an experienced trainer, writer, editor and lecturer.
Peter Griffiths BA FCLIP is an independent information specialist with a particular interest in library and information services, knowledge management and the wider aspects of information management in the public sector. He was formerly Head of Information in the Office of the Chief Information Officer, Home Office, London. He is an experienced trainer, writer and speaker, and is the 2009 President of CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals.

"...upbeat, easy to read, brief and full of encouraging ideas and examples."

Marketing Library Services

"I would recommend this book as a must-read to any ambitious young information professional."

Information World Review

"It is the sort of book which managers should have on their bookshelf in order to help those they manage."

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