Post # 1
When I married Darling Husband, I moved to the town where he works. I don’t know anyone here, so I have no connections. I have a degree and certification to be a school media specialist (librarian), but that degree doesn’t allow me to do much else. I am looking at the county and city school system job boards, but there’s nothing posted there. Budget cuts are really having a bad effect the field. I looked at the local libraries, but they’re actually closing branches, so that’s a no-go.
I’m at the point where I would love to get an administrative job (I have the experience), but I don’t know how to look for one. I look on Craigslist, but never hear back. I know other people have jobs they didn’t find on job sites, but I don’t know how you find them. Do you just walk into every office you see wearing a suit, and hand them a resume? If it were a particular field, I’d know how to look, but I’m lost with this.
Post # 3
I would look straight on the websites of companies and business in the area. Applying directly to a company’s own posting has proved much more successful for me than applying via Craigslist, Monster.com, etc.
Post # 4
I don’t know the librarian field, but are there are any professional job boards targeted towards librarians you could look at? They may have postings from all over the country. If you live in or near a border town, you could also look at a neighboring state’s libraries. Is there any chance you could apply those media specialist skills into a corporate/law/medical librarianship?
Also have you thought about working for library publications or related fields? If you live in the Chicago area, I saw several ads posted on Mediabistro for jobs at the American Library Association. If you’re in the NYC metro area, Media Source Inc. is hiring a Marketing Events Coordinator for their Library Journal. Your library background might offer something different than their typical applicant.
Post # 5
Network network network.
By the time you see a job posting online, hundreds/thousands of other people have seen it too. Often these jobs are already filled (or the company already has a favorite candidate) and they are posting them for HR purposes (to demonstrate that they conducted a full search before hiring someone).
Talk to everyone you meet- have your husband speak with his coworkers, mention you are looking for a job, when you meet people mention you are looking for a job, tell them you’d be grateful if they pass along any opportunities, etc. Meet people at local libraries (even talk to other librarians about their recommendations), schools, etc. If they don’t know of a job, ask them to put you in touch with someone they know who might.
I work in the policy field (used to live in Washington DC) and that’s almost the only way of getting a job there. A lot of people are uncomfortable with networking, but it’s a practical way of finding opportunities. It’s not “using” people and it’s not schmoozing- it’s asking straight up for the help of friends and acquaintances. Most people are more than happy to put a nice person with good experience in touch with their friends or colleagues. If the wife of your husband’s new coworker told you she was looking for a job and would love if you pass along any opportunities you hear of, you’d be more than happy to do it, I’m sure 🙂