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Careers - Moving Up

Furthering your career

You’re ready for a new challenge and want to take the next step up the career ladder, but how do you go about finding an opportunity? What do you need to think about when deciding where to go next? We can help.

Understanding your skills

Understanding your strengths and weaknesses is important in understanding what roles would work for you and ensuring that you put your best foot forward when you’re applying for a role. If you’ve not completed your CILIP Certification or Chartership yet you might not be familiar with our Professional Knowledge and Skills Base – it’s a simple tool that is really useful to help you gain an understanding of how your skills and experience fit with the wider profession.

Using a recruitment agency

Recruitment agencies really come into their own when you’ve got some good experience under your belt and are looking for a step up. A good recruiter will be able to advise you on the sort of role which is suitable for your experience, what sort of salary you can expect and the career paths open to you. They’ll also be able to offer you advice on your CV, cover letter and interview technique. We asked specialist recruiters to the information profession CB Resourcing for their advice on what to expect when using a recruitment agency.

Job roles available in the sector

If you’re really not sure where you want to go and what your next step should be why not have a look at our overview of the roles available in the sector? The library and information sector has seen considerable change over the last 20 years creating a whole host of new roles and responsibilities. By having a better understanding of what roles are available, you’ll be better placed to find work that suits your skill set and personality.


Careers resources for CILIP members

CILIP members have access to a range of careers resources including a wide range of online short courses.

Show off your skills with Professional Registration

Recognised internationally and by employers in all sectors, Professional Registration demonstrates your abilities, knowledge and experience. Last year, we helped hundreds of our members take the next step in their career through Certification, Chartership and Fellowship. Find out how professional registration can help you.


Preparing for leadership

As your career progresses, you’ll find yourself needing new skills that help you better manage people and resources. That’s why we’ve developed the Leaders Network in partnership with the Chartered Management Institute to give you access to an extensive suite of resources dedicated to helping you develop the skills you need to lead.


If you want to take a stake in your profession, it's a very good idea, you'll get a lot of benefits out of being a member of CILIP whether that's through the main group or through special interest groups.

Deborah Lee Courtauld Institute of Art

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