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Finding a Job

How to find a job

Finding a new job can be a daunting prospect, regardless of whether you’re at the beginning of your career or in a senior management role. Job hunting isn’t something you do very often so there’s little opportunity for anyone to get really good at it!

The first question to ask yourself is What do I want to do? Maybe you’ve got a good idea of where you want to be (in which case, great, feel free to skip this bit), or you might not have a clue. If you’re not sure what kind of job to go for think about what you’re good at and what you enjoy doing. Have a look at the job roles

we’ve listed here if you need inspiration or see what employers are currently looking for on Information Professional Jobs.


If you’re a CILIP member, the Professional Knowledge and Skills base can help you here – fill out your skills profile and you’ll have a good idea of the sort of role that would suit you which you can match to job descriptions. As a bonus, you’ll have written down what you need to create a good CV

Where to look

Information Professional Jobs

Specialist recruitment agencies can be very helpful, a good recruiter should be able to advise you on your CV, covering letters and interview technique and can suggest jobs that you might like to apply for. There are a number of recruitment agencies specialising in the information sector, Sue Hill Recruitment, TFPL, CB Resourcing and Glenn Recruitment can all help.

What recruitment agencies want

Employer websites, generalist jobs boards such as Indeed or Reed and LinkedIn are also good places to find jobs advertised. It’s worth remembering that if you find a job listed on LinkedIn or a general jobs board it’s likely that a lot of other people have found it there too, so make sure that your application is up to scratch!

Shadowing opportunities

The New Library Professionals Network has created a list of shadowing opportunities. If you want to have a taste of a different sector, have a look at their website

New Library Professionals Network

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What support have you received from us It's a huge community and it's so so diverse particularly at the beginning of your career you can feel all at sea, I know that I did thinking about how I wanted to apply myself, I knew i wanted this sector and I wanted to be part of this group, but which part? So that's been an enormous help. And just starting out as a new professional is difficult, it was a real slog and I knew that I needed a little help, so I think that CILIP membership was the thing that really got me going. I had a source of guidance at the beginning and it's one that I know is going to be there for a while which is very reassuring.

Hannah Smith Library Assistant Queen's College Cambridge and winner of Aspire Award

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