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Job Outlook looks Stable -- NACE Report

Our staff recently received an employment report from NACE (the National Association of Colleges and Employers), a leading professional organization for career services professionals and industry recruiters. We wanted to share with you the information that was provided in this brief report. From this report, you may want to be targeting government organizations for your next job or internship. (Note that the tables don't transform into the blog template well, so you may want to view the tables on the NACEWeb website - link below).

College Hiring Flat for Class of 2009
Source NACEWeb

Current projected hiring for the Class of 2009 shows very little growth over the hiring levels for the Class of 2008, but no expected decline.

This projection is based on a recent poll of Job Outlook participants who were asked to re-evaluate the hiring projections they provided in August in light of recent developments that suggest the general economy may be facing a significant downturn.

Employers who participated in both the August and October polls (N = 146) are expecting to decrease their original hiring levels by 1.6 percent. Nevertheless, when compared with the number of actual hires from these firms for the Class of 2008, the expectations for the Class of 2009 are still 1.3 percent ahead of last year’s actuals.

Figure 1: Hiring projection trends
Mean Median Total
08-09 Projected Hires (October poll) 141 30 19,797
08-09 Projected Hires (August poll) 143 35 20,117
07-08 Actual Hires 139 30 19,542

In the August poll, approximately one-third of respondents said they were re-assessing their projection of college hires downward. Now, among respondents to the current poll, 52 percent of respondents currently project that they will be hiring fewer graduates during the 2009 recruiting season than they hired from the Class of 2008; 34 percent still anticipate hiring more graduates, and 14 percent expect to hire the same as they hired in 2008.

Figure 2: Change in college hiring expectations
2008 vs. 2009, by reporting firms
Number of
Respondents Percent of Respondents
Change 08-09
Decrease 73 52.1%
No Change 19 13.6%
Increase 48 34.3%
Total 140 100.0%

The decreased expectation for college hiring that occurred between August and October was broadly felt across industries. Only government as a sector saw a significant increase in hiring expectations, while manufacturing and professional services remain essentially flat during the period of economic turmoil. All other industry categories decreased their hiring expectations for the Class of 2009. (See Figure 3.)

Figure 3: Percent change in hiring expectations, August to October, by industry
Industry Percent Change
Agriculture -14.2%
Construction -19.6%
Manufacturing 0.3%
Distribution & Utilities -17.6%
Trade -7.4%
Finance & Insurance -6.2%
Business Services -3.1%
Professional Services 1.7%
Government 19.8%

Updates: NACE will continue to monitor the job outlook for the Class of 2009. The Salary Survey Winter report, scheduled for distribution in late January, will provide a first look at demand for new college graduates by specific discipline.

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Data in this special report reflect responses from 146 organizations that had responded to NACE’s Job Outlook Fall Preview Survey in August. At that time, respondents overall reported plans to hire 6 percent more new college graduates from the Class of 2009 than they had actually hired from the Class of 2008. The current poll, conducted October 6 through October 17, 2008, updates those hiring projections.

Posted by kkowatch on October 30, 2008 at 09:54 AM | Comments (0)

Librarian One of the & Best Nonpolitical Jobs for Political Junkies

Please note the mention of AARP librarians in this article from US News & World Report:

7 Best Nonpolitical Jobs for Political Junkies
If you want to sate your political appetite with a full-time job, here are some cool ideas
By Liz Wolgemuth
Posted October 23, 2008

Ah, election season. There's nothing like a good battle between the Democrats and the Republicans (and Ralph Nader and Ron Paul) to whet the appetite of a political junkie. But if you're looking for something less temporal—the kind of work that will let you feed your addiction year-round—you don't have to become a legislator. Consider one of these (mostly) nonpolitical jobs where you may find a way to keep the spirit of the election alive every day.

Librarian: Not just any librarian—a special librarian. Special librarians work for companies, government agencies, nonprofits, universities, or museums, rather than for the general public. There are plenty of opportunities for people to focus on specialties. Janice Lachance, chief executive of the Special Libraries Association, says "it's absolutely a perfect fit" for people who are politically inclined, as leaders at nongovernmental organizations, think tanks, or government agencies rely on well-sourced, "top level information." Librarians can follow specific passions for policy or politics into jobs at places like AARP, which employs 13 association members. Most have a master's in library or information science, but the jobs pay: A 2008 association survey found the average salary of its members was $71,812.

Lobbyist: The word is practically an obscenity during election cycles, but the job and qualifications of a "lobbyist" are largely a mystery to Americans. While many think of lobbyists as Washington fat cats with standing reservations at the Capital Grille and closets full of suede loafers—that's only half the story. Lobbyists advocate for issues and petition government on behalf of organizations—farm bureaus and oil companies alike. They need to understand policy, and they need to know the ins and outs of politics. Most are college grads, and many have advanced degrees in law, communications, education, public relations, or journalism, according to the American League of Lobbyists. How to get in? A congressional staff position is one of the best ways to learn the legislative process.

Tour guide: Believe it or not, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports this occupation is growing much faster than average. It's a good pick for retirees and students, but full-timers and part-timers alike make political history or current events come alive as tour guides. "Politics is a sport in DC," says Adam Plescia, 35, who works as a tour guide in Washington while also writing his dissertation. Plescia stays up on political news and events with a regular diet of the Washington Post, New York Times, New Yorker, and NPR. The tours aren't, however, for sharing his political opinions. Instead, he gets to quiz and to teach. He takes visitors to the front of the Treasury building and asks, "Who's the secretary of the Treasury?" The good news: "More people know now," Plescia says. "Before the [financial] crisis, the majority of the people on the tour wouldn't know his name."

Radio announcer: Two words: Rush Limbaugh. The longtime radio announcer has made a major mark on the American conservative political scene through his top-rated radio show. This is a highly competitive industry with a median hourly wage of less than $12, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. There may, however, be better opportunities for hosts or disk jockeys with specialized knowledge of subjects like politics. But if, like Limbaugh, you prove successful in smaller markets, you can test your mettle and opinionating on a much larger audience.

Pollster: This is a good fit for political junkies with a love of statistics, as well as a solid understanding of the larger political picture. Tom Jensen, communications director at Public Policy Polling, says polling firms look for people who are especially knowledgeable about politics, particularly those who understand the way voters think about elections. "It's a great job for someone who's very knowledgeable about politics but can also detach themselves from the process enough to keep a perspective about things and not get too swept up in the emotions of an election," Jensen says. Advanced degrees are pretty common.

Translator/interpreter: This probably isn't a great path if you have strong opinions, but it's got plenty of growth potential if you merely have a serious interest in being part of the political process. The Labor Department expects job opportunities to grow by 24 percent between 2006 and 2016. Thanks to globalization and increased security threats, there's been a greater need for translators (who work with written words) and interpreters (who work with spoken words), according to the American Translators Association. While many translators work for themselves, those who are employed by the government make an average of nearly $60,000 a year, the association reports.

Reporter: Some journalists today still labor under a kind of Woodward and Bernstein nostalgia, but many just love politics. Reporters at small-town newspapers continue to uncover local political transgressions, and major metro papers vie with bloggers for a piece of the national political pie. Beat reporters may also work long and hard enough to earn the right to state their pithy opinions as columnists, in blogs, or as TV pundits. In one example, New York Times columnist David Brooks started out working the cops beat for City News Service in Chicago and held various roles at the Wall Street Journal, even spending five months as its movie critic.

Posted by kkowatch on October 29, 2008 at 01:29 PM | Comments (0)

Academic Networking Session by the UM Career Center

Academic Networking — Tapping the Power of People
Thursday, November 6 12:00-1:30 p.m.
The Career Center, 3200 Student Activities Building

Who you know — and whom you meet — can play a significant role in the success of your academic job search. In this session we'll talk about the role of your committee and other mentors, and discuss networking in the academic job search. Learn how to maximize the positive impact of your network, and minimize potential liabilities.

This session is part of the Academic Job Search Brown Bag series sponsored by The Career Center and the Center for the Education of Women.
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Posted by kkowatch on October 28, 2008 at 01:31 PM | Comments (0)

Good News for Ann Arbor Info Tech Businesses

Recently, a copy of the Ann Arbor Business Review got passed along to me. A front-page article, "Information Technology Remains Strong" was suggested to me as a great blog topic to share with our readers. I definitely suggest that you check out this article, which shares that five local IT companies will be adding nearly 1,000 jobs in the next ten years in the Ann Arbor area.

In 2008, five companies have been identified as top market expanders. If you are planning on staying in the Ann Arbor area after graduation or want to do an internship around here, these companies might be a good place to start looking:

ForeSee Results - 275 new jobs
MyBuys - 250 new jobs
Barracuda Networks - 185 new jobs
GDI Infotech - 121 new jobs
ICON Creative Technologies - 63 new jobs
Arbor Networks - 56 new jobs

A total of 950 new jobs!

A few choice quotes...

"The region's biotechnology sector and alternative energy potential have dominated the spotlight in economic development circles, but the IT sector is rapidly expanding, leveraging connections to the University of Michigan and drawing on a pool of talent that they say has been underused. "

"By all accounts, Google's decision nearly three years ago to hire 1,000 workers in a new Ann Arbor operation intensified the national focus on this region's IT strength.

Google co-founder Larry Page's local ties - he's a former U-M student - played an instrumental role in bringing the company here. Google's office on Division Street in downtown Ann Arbor is largely a sales operation, but the Google brand brought national credibility.

Since then, Californian firms like Barracuda and MyBuys have announced plans to expand their companies here. The chief executives of Barracuda and MyBuys are U-M graduates."

Five Ann Arbor IT companies to add nearly 1,000 jobs in 10 years
by Nathan Bomey | Ann Arbor Business Review
Thursday October 09, 2008, 7:00 AM

After a series of expansion announcements this year, Ann Arbor's information technology sector has reasserted its role as the region's top job growth engine.

Five IT companies with existing local offices and one outside firm this year have revealed plans to add nearly 1,000 jobs over the next few years. Together, that would equal almost double the number of employees that Google has today at its AdWords headquarters in Ann Arbor.

"It's probably the strongest of the technology sectors in Ann Arbor, and sometimes we lose sight of that," said Michael Finney, CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK, Washtenaw County's economic development organization.

The region's biotechnology sector and alternative energy potential have dominated the spotlight in economic development circles, but the IT sector is rapidly expanding, leveraging connections to the University of Michigan and drawing on a pool of talent that they say has been underused.

"The environment is really strong," said Larry Freed, CEO of ForeSee Results, which announced plans this summer to add 275 jobs in the next several years. "The challenge in technology on the West Coast is, while there is a great set of resources and talent, there's not the loyalty that you can build here. I think that's an advantage this area has over the West Coast."

Among the region's biggest IT expansions this year:

•Barracuda Networks expects to add 185 employees over the next five years to establish a research-and-development center at 201 Depot St. (See related story, Page 2), where the company will develop IT security solutions.

•ForeSee, which has more than 120 employees in Pittsfield Township, considered out-of-state locations but chose to invest $6.6 million to stay here. The company's online customer satisfaction measurement technology has attracted major corporate clients, including retail and financial companies.

•Redwood City, Calif.-based MyBuys Inc. said the Ann Arbor region's talent pool, cheap housing and quality of life were draws. The company, offers personalized product recommendation software services, is adding 250 workers.

•GDI Infotech, whose IT consultants help companies streamline software and databases, is adding 121 jobs to this area by consolidating existing operations and expanding.

For the most part, the growing IT companies don't compete with each other. Niche software firms, online services companies and consulting organizations are among the sub-sectors of the local IT industry.

Google's influence shows

By all accounts, Google's decision nearly three years ago to hire 1,000 workers in a new Ann Arbor operation intensified the national focus on this region's IT strength.

Google co-founder Larry Page's local ties - he's a former U-M student - played an instrumental role in bringing the company here. Google's office on Division Street in downtown Ann Arbor is largely a sales operation, but the Google brand brought national credibility.

Since then, Californian firms like Barracuda and MyBuys have announced plans to expand their companies here. The chief executives of Barracuda and MyBuys are U-M graduates.

Sean Heiney, director of new product initiatives for Barracuda, said his company realized there was a surplus of U-M graduates looking for jobs in the area - students who often leave for IT jobs in other economies.

"We saw that there is a good amount of talent coming out of the Michigan area while we were sitting in California," Heiney said. "We knew there was a need for great technology jobs because there was a lot of great graduates coming out of the universities that didn't want to leave the state."

Bhushan Kulkarni, CEO of GDI Infotech, said the region offers intangible quality-of-life features.

"Whatever the news and the bad press that's going on, Ann Arbor is still a destination of choice for growing families," he said.

Kulkarni acknowledged that the region sometimes struggles to deliver job opportunities for spouses of talented IT workers considering moving here. It's a similar complaint espoused by local venture capitalists, who say it's difficult to recruit executives concerned about job opportunities after their first one expires.

"We don't have a clear answer for that other than helping to introduce them to our connections," Kulkarni said.

Among the challenges threatening to derail the growth of Ann Arbor's IT sector is the pummeling of the global financial system and the slumping national economy.

But Doug Van Houweling, CEO of Ann Arbor-based not-for-profit Internet2, said he wasn't concerned that the local IT sector would fall prey to the declining economy.

"Most of the companies that are growing in this environment are growing with the help of more conservative financial models, and in the current situation they'll become even more conservative," he said. "I think that things happen a little less rapidly here in the Midwest. But I think they happen in a somewhat more stable fashion."

Contact Nathan Bomey at (734) 302-1725 or nathanb@mbusinessreview.com.

Posted by kkowatch on October 27, 2008 at 08:59 AM | Comments (0)

Intrested in A Career Abroad? - Deadline EXTENDED

The European Career Fair (ECF) 2009 is annually held on the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA. Over the past 13 years, the ECF has become the largest career fair in the US with a focus on Europe. It is organized in cooperation with the European Commission and the MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI). In 2008, over 140 employers from industry, academia and research were represented.

The deadline for resume submission by candidates for the fair is set for November 28th 2008. See below for more information on the Fair and how to attend.

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13th European Career Fair
MIT European Club and European Commission
www.euro-career.com
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Are you interested in the European job market? Do you want to pursue a PhD, a post-doc, an academic or a professional career on the other side of the ocean? We invite you to join us at the 13th European Career Fair (ECF) in Cambridge, MA, the largest career fair of its kind.

Get started!
We invite you to submit your resume today, by registering online for the ECF2009 at www.euro-career.com.
The deadline for resume submission is Friday, November 28th 2008. Resumes need to be prepared in PDF format.

Feel free to forward this information to all interested parties!
The 13th European Career Fair in short
• January 23, 2009 - Panel discussion hosted by the European Commission and the MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI).
• January 24, 2009 - Career Fair Day with exhibits and presentations by employers from industry, academia and research.
• January 25-26, 2009 - Interviews for selected candidates, ECF-affiliated seminars and other activities.
Why should you attend?
• Unlike many career fairs, ECF aims to represent the full breadth of the European job market. Whether you are looking for a job in industry or a non-profit sector, you will find something of you interested at ECF.
• All areas of research and study are welcome! Recruiters are looking to fill vacancies at all levels. Graduate students, professional degrees and post-docs are especially encouraged to apply.
• By submitting your resume before the deadline, employers can invite you for interviews prior to the fair. In addition, you can connect face to face with >140 employers from industry, academia and research on the fair day!

More information
For a list of employers that participated in previous European Career Fairs, or more detailed information go to the website:
www.euro-career.com

We look forward to seeing you!
The European Career Fair 2009 Team
Ramon Salsas-Escat & Wiep Klaas Smits, Co-Chairs ECF2009

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We are contacting you on behalf of the organizational committee of the European Career Fair (ECF) 2009 that is annually held on the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA. Over the past 13 years, the ECF has become the largest career fair in the US with a focus on Europe. It is organized in cooperation with the European Commission and the MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI). In 2008, over 140 employers from industry, academia and research were represented.
The deadline for resume submission by candidates for the fair was set for November 28th 2008. Due to continuing high interest however, we have decided to extend the registration for candidates to December 10th, 2008.
We would be very grateful if you could pass on the information about the fair and its resume submission deadline to all interested people in your institute/university and encourage them to apply.

We appreciate your effort. Please feel free to e-mail us any questions you might have.
Ramon Salsas-Escat & Wiep Klaas Smits
Co-Chairs ECF2009
http://www.euro-career.com

Posted by kkowatch on October 27, 2008 at 08:39 AM | Comments (0)

Check out the New LISjobs.com

Rachel Singer Gordon is a leading author on library careers. She also maintains a job site, LISjobs.com, that I recommend to SI students. "I approve LISjobs.com" ~ Kelly

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LISjobs.com launches new website

Villa Park, IL -- Visitors to LISjobs.com will notice a new look and feel today as the newly-redesigned site launches. The redesign brings LISjobs.com in line with current web standards and adds new content and features. Note that old links willl be broken; please update your links and bookmarks.

Highlights of the redesign include:
• Better integration of the LISjobs.com forum and other interactive site features.
• Job ads that, as always, are free to both job seekers and employers.
• New content on education and career development, including information on MLIS scholarships as well as on funding conference attendance and other CE opportunities.
• A more standards-compliant and accessible design.
• A new logo designed by Wendy Koff, Librarian and Web Designer.
• Updated links to outside resources; all links were checked manually in October 2008.
• Improved organization -- information for both job seekers and employers is now easier to find.
• Opportunities for sponsorship -- relevant organizations can easily reach an audience of librarians and info pros.

"I'm excited to launch the new and improved LISjobs.com to better serve librarians, library workers, and info pros at all stages of their careers," says webmaster Rachel Singer Gordon. "Stay tuned for more additions and improvements soon!"

Love the new logo? Grab yourself a t-shirt at the new LISjobs.com Cafepress store. Find a job on LISjobs.com? Join the Flickr group, upload your photo, and you could see yourself featured on the site. (Don't have a Flickr account? Email your photo and story to rachel@lisjobs.com.)

LISjobs.com offers:
• Free job ads
• Free bimonthly professional development newsletter
• Low-cost resume posting
• A library career- and professional development-related online discussion forum
• Career Q&A from Susanne Markgren and Tiffany Allen
• Rethinking Information Careers, a regular column by Kim Dority
• ... and more!

Come, explore, join in, and become part of the LISjobs.com community.
Contact: Rachel Singer Gordon

Posted by kkowatch on October 24, 2008 at 11:58 AM | Comments (0)

Today! International Opportunities Fair

Don't miss the once-a-year INTERNATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FAIR, Thursday Oct. 23 from 2-6 PM, in the Michigan Union. It features 62 organizations that offer opportunities for internships, volunteering, teaching, and working abroad. Some offer international career positions.

Use the new Quick Reference Guide to check out the organizations so you can maximize the value of your time at the event--print out a copy to bring with you! Check the columns for “Graduate/Professional Students? and “Require Graduate Degrees?
http://www.internationalcenter.umich.edu/swt/work/resources/ICP/intfair/students/index.html

Here are some of the options that may be of particular interest to graduate/professional school students:

FUNDING

U-M International Institute—Funding for research & internships abroad, including Individual Fellowships, NSEP-Boren, Fulbright, Foreign Language & Area Fellowships (FLAS), funding for specific regions through the I.I.’s Area Studies Centers.

U-M International Center—Stop by our table for an overview of funding options as well as advice about all organizations at the IOFair.
See also “Countries/regions? below.

FULL-TIME EMPLOYMENT (most offer internships, too)

Central Intelligence Agency
William J. Clinton Foundation—health, policy, etc.
Contact Singapore (Singapore)
Industrial Technology Research Institute (Taiwan)
InfoSys (India)
John Snow—public health, relief
US State Department

INTERNSHIPS
Avoid study abroad-internship programs (marked SA+I on the chart)--these charge tuition and award undergraduate credit.

Many other internship and volunteer organizations offer placements that are suitable to graduate students. These include Abroad China, AIESEC, CDS (Germany, Spain, Argentina), Child Family Health International, Cross-Cultural Solutions, German Academic Exchange Service/DAAD; Global Volunteers, “International Internships—Rachel Criso, UM Romance Languages? (France, Northern Africa), Projects Abroad, ProWorld Service Corps, Quito Project (UM).

COUNTRIES/REGIONS

Asia—Princeton-in-Asia offers placements with NGOs throughout Asia
China—Abroad China offers placements in pri
Germany: funding + internships—German Dept./CDS and German Academic Exchange Service
France: “International Internships?—(Rachel Criso, U-M Romance Languages)—Internships and French Government Funding Opportunities
India: GrowIndia (NGOs); InfoSys (Corporation)
Israel: MASA Israel
Japan: JET program—CIR for those who know Japanese, ALT for teaching English
Latin America—most programs offering “volunteer? placements.

Last but not least, stop by our table if you’d like individualized advice about all organizations at the Fair.

Bill Nolting and Kelly Nelson, U-M International Center
http://internationalcenter.umich.edu/swt

Posted by kkowatch on October 23, 2008 at 03:45 PM | Comments (0)

Wondering about Library Salaries? Check out the 2008 Library Salary Report

UM-SI leads the annual salary survey generated by LibraryJournal.com!

The Big News from the 2008 Library Salary & Job Survey
Solid overall gains complemented by stellar growth in some sectors
Rebecca Miller -- Library Journal, 10/14/2008 8:05:00 AM

(Go to the link above to view accompanying charts and graphics)

LJ's annual Placements & Salaries Survey, written by Stephanie Maatta, examines how each graduating class lands in the library and information science marketplace, with an eye toward identifying job trends and shifts in pay. Overall, the class of 2007 saw starting salaries 3.1% higher than the previous year's graduates, hitting an average starting salary of $42,361.

The highs for the 2007 graduates, just released, include leaps for minority grads in the Southeast, stronger growth than average for academics in the Northeast, and extraordinary salaries garnered by University of Michigan graduates and those in the private sector. The lows include more temp positions, a longer job search, a dip in positions for children's librarians in public libraries, and a continued gender gap.

Maatta explores the gender gap in detail, tapping the factors that enable men to earn more in a field dominated by women, including job choices, regional issues, and the impact of first careers. Exceptions, however, include government libraries, where women out earn men by 22%.

For the first time, Maatta examines how the so-called I-schools (information schools) compare to the so-called L-schools (llibrary schools), finding that a healthy majority of grads in both consider their roles to be "library" ones, though those who identify their jobs as "information" earned almost 20% more in average starting salaries. Among the I-school's, the University of Michigan placed graduates the most successfully, in terms of salary, winning an average salary of $55,869. A look at the top ten schools by average salary their graduates earn, however, shows that there is a good mix of both L and I on the uppper end of the payroll.

Keep reading to see all of this and more, including a look at where the jobs are, a minority report, and a chance to meet LJ's grad of the year, Dalena Hunter.

Despite a difficult economy and tightening budgets, both jobs and salaries rose for 2007 grads. Echoing the previous year's growth, reported annual salaries increased approximately 3.1%, from $41,014 in 2006 to $42,361. The picture was most positive for graduates in the Southeast, whose average annual starting salary surged past the $40,000 barrier that graduates there have been struggling to reach, increasing to $41,579, a significant gain of 8.2%. Minority graduates who found jobs in the Southeast also reported a reversal of fortunes, with average annual starting salaries up by 16.2% to $46,093, after falling to $39,674 in 2006.

In other highlights, academic libraries in the Northeast contributed to the improved job scene, with 11.8% more graduates hired and salaries up approximately 5.5% to $41,340. School library media specialists experienced higher placement rates in almost all regions of the United States and at worst held steady from the previous year, with commensurate salaries approximately 5.6% higher than in 2006.

Average Starting Salary for Librarians
There are many more positive aspects to note, with minorities and men faring even better than the 3.1% average overall rise in salaries, at 5.5% and 4.4% growth, respectively. The tremendous jump in salaries for new hires in the Southeast helped propel the overall average upward, with an additional boost from the extraordinarily high salaries garnered by the graduates of the University of Michigan (averaging $55,869, almost 32% above the rest). With the exception of the combined Canadian and international reporting, regional salaries across the board topped the $40,000 level, compared to 2006, when salaries in the Southeast, Midwest, and Southwest remained in the high $30,000s. Regionally, salary growth in the Northeast and in the Southwest was slightly lower than the average but nonetheless up from previous years. One real surprise was substantial growth in the number of graduates accepting professional positions as archivists. Compared with other types of jobs, archival placements comprise about 4.3% of the reported staffing. However, this was a 22% increase from the previous year. Archivists also experienced a 14.4% bump up in salary, to $40,286.

Nonetheless, 2007 was not without challenges. For a second year in a row, nonprofessional and temporary positions increased, hinting at the struggles many library systems face in maintaining high levels of service with fewer resources and personnel. The job search was a little longer and a little harder for many graduates, and reports indicate a continued rise in part-time positions.

Library Jobs for Graduates
Fewer responses from LIS graduates were received for 2007, though the response rate continues to fluctuate around 33%; over the last several survey periods it ranged from 30% to 40%. Of the approximate 5300 reported graduates, 1,768 responded. This has implications for measuring some placements, but overall percentages were consistent with previous years.

The LIS Class of 2007 experienced both tremendous opportunities and disappointments as they sought jobs in a slowing economic environment. Nationwide, library and information organizations suffered from loss of revenue in property taxes and state funding, corporate slowdowns, and reduced spending. For some, this meant lower salaries, longer job searches, and temporary posts while waiting for permanent employment. On the flip side, salaries in the Southeast surged upward, and placements in many types of agencies around the nation increased. The gender gap widened, but women experienced solid growth in salaries in the Southeast and the Southwest and significant in-roads in government libraries. All indications from the graduates and the programs responding are that the LIS profession continues to be viable, even healthy, and forward looking.

Where the Library Jobs Are
Public and academic libraries hire the most librarians but "other" agencies are on the rise.

In light of the LS vs. IS debate, a few unexpected trends among the individual schools' placements emerged along with several predictable ones. Graduates of University of Washington, an I-school, for example, reported 42.9% of their placements in public libraries when one might anticipate there would be higher placements in other types of agencies among I-school graduates. Despite high placements in libraries with traditionally lower salary ranges, Washington grads maintained one the highest average salaries among all of the programs. Southern Connecticut State University, an L-school, followed the same trend of 42.9% placements in public libraries with better than average starting salaries. Comparatively, University of Kentucky, an I-school, saw graduates reporting 53.6% placement in public libraries but garnering the lowest average salary levels among the programs. In these instances, location played a more a significant role in determining salary than did the type of library, while being from an I-school or an L-school had little impact.

2007 Library Job Placements
In a much more predictable pattern, the University of Michigan (UM), an I-school, dominated the “other? category, placing 56.3% of its graduates in agencies such as consulting, e-commerce, financial services, and interactive marketing. Many of these employers are private entities unaffected by public funding, thus allowing salaries to be highly competitive. Pratt, an L-school, and the University of Texas at Austin, an I-school, had the next highest percentages of placements in “other? agencies (28.6% and 26.7%, respectively). On average, the LIS graduates comprised 16.7% of the overall reported placements in “other? institutions, with UM making up 19.5% of the reported total.
Graduates of UCLA, Syracuse, and Oklahoma reported the highest percentage of positions in academic libraries, ranging from 50% to 75% of the reported placements. Alabama, Denver, and Illinois also had above average placements in academic libraries. SUNY-Buffalo, University of North Texas, and Texas Woman's University had the strongest showing among the LIS programs in school library media centers, averaging 33.5% of the media specialist positions. The graduating class reported the fewest placements in special libraries, at 8.1% of the jobs; however, St. John's University, Louisiana State, and Simmons grads were well above this average, with Simmons snagging 17.5% of the total positions in special libraries.

Public Libraries Drive Job Growth
Public libraries continue to be a popular choice for employment, averaging 28% of the overall reported placements. This figure has held steady over the last several years, consistently hovering around 27% to 29%. Increased hires were reported in the Midwest (up approximately 12%); in the Southwest, graduates reported 12.2% more public library hires. Unfortunately, public library salaries in the Midwest and Southwest did not follow suit, dipping an average of 3.0% below 2006 averages.

An area of concern is children's services. Placements decreased, and salaries were flat for 2007. One possible explanation may be a redefining of the title to encompass both children's and youth services (teen and/or YA librarians), as there was a 3.6% increase in the number of grads reporting their job as youth services rather than children's. However, average starting salaries for youth services librarians decreased 3.53%, to $35,929. The other possibility for decreased numbers is the overall economic impact on library funding and the number of public libraries, which employ the majority of children's and youth services librarians, suffering layoffs and reductions in services.

School Library Snapshot
School media centers yield some of the best growth in terms of library salary and placements.

School library media centers showed some of the best growth among all types of library and information science agencies in 2007. Placements in the Midwest, Southwest, and West increased substantially, averaging 26.8% growth across the three regions. At the same time, the overall average starting salary for new school library media specialists took a giant step up to $44,935 (an impressive 5.6% increase from $42,420 in 2006). This improvement was spurred by a 9.9% growth in salaries in the Southwest and 20% in the West. Some caution needs to be applied to the salary growth for school library media specialists, however, as many grads explain that their salaries are based on a standard teacher's pay scale for their states. As teachers move from the classroom to the media center, salary and compensation levels follow them; this means that the level they earned in the classroom will be their base for the media center positions and doesn't always indicate a pay increase with the achievement of the master's degree.

A Changing Academic Library Job Environment
Non-tenure placements and short-term roles dominate.
Library Salaries: Tenure Matters.

In light of recent professional discussions about tenure status for academic librarians, it seemed timely to explore graduate experiences in academic settings. Of the 416 graduates who accepted positions in academic libraries, 336 responded to inquiries regarding their faculty status and appointment. Surprisingly 81.2% were hired for nontenured positions, and only 3.2% of the new hires had nine-month (or academic year) appointments. (A question that was not explored but may address the tenure/nontenure conundrum is the number of academic librarians in community or junior colleges compared with those at tiered research institutions.)

The more interesting responses were from the academic librarians who described their appointments as “other.? This group comprised 21.9% of the responses to questions about the length of their service term (nine-month vs. 12-month). The appointments were described in a variety of ways, including grant-funded short-term, adjunct, semester by semester, and library fellows programs. One perhaps not unexpected finding was that the new academic librarians with tenure-earning status (18.8% of respondents) garnered starting salaries that were 8.8% higher than those of the nontenure-earning professionals and 6.7% higher than those of all new academic librarians ($43,634 compared to $40,090 and $40,911, respectively).

Inside the Library Gender Gap
An exploration of why women rule libraries, except when it comes to pay.

Recent issues of the annual placements and salaries survey have given cursory exploration of salary parity between the genders as well as minority comparisons. There is no doubt that the gaps continue to exist and even widen. Women experienced another year of salary growth in 2007, but for another year's running they lagged approximately 7.7% behind men. The question that begs to be answered is, “What factors are driving the differences??

The Gender Gap in Library Salaries

Proportionately, women continue to comprise 80% of the new members of the LIS workforce. However, smaller proportions of women found positions in academic libraries (72.9%), government libraries (68.9%), and other agencies and organizations (67.4%) while dominating the school library media positions (93.9%). Average starting salaries for women in public libraries and special libraries fell while men experienced significant gains (as much as 9.1% compared to a loss of 8.4% for women) in the same type of agencies. Regionally, women who accepted school library media positions in the Southeast and the Southwest fared better than their male counterparts (slightly more than 4% and higher). The same situation occurred in special libraries in the Northeast and the Southeast, with women earning 3.7% and 4.6% more, respectively. Government libraries was the one agency where women dominated the salary game with average starting pay 22% higher than men, earning $46,540 compared to $38,138.

Historically school library media centers and “other? organizations generate higher average starting salaries. In both of these types of agencies, women experienced a comfortable salary growth, averaging just over 5% in each. School library media specialists are members of the teaching faculty and in most states are required to obtain formal teaching credentials. Much like the overall education profession, school library media positions are dominated by women (94% of the placements), and they have been subject to the same glass ceiling that many other female-dominated professions experience. Starting salaries for women in school media centers continue to fall below the levels men obtain. The rate of growth in salaries also reveals a gap, with a 12.2% differential between women and men ($44,602 compared to an average starting salary of $50,038).

Even though they continue to lag behind men with regard to starting salaries for “other? agencies, women gained 5.1% in their starting salaries (from $47,163 in 2006). The best salary growth for women in “other “organizations was in the Midwest, with better than 17% upward movement. The percentage of women finding jobs in other agencies grew from 64% of the placements in 2006 to 66% of the placements in 2007. These positions included jobs in nonprofits, museums, Fortune 500 companies, and medical facilities.

Region seems to play a role in salary equity for women. In 2007, more women (approximately 30%) accepted positions in the Midwest than across the rest of the U.S. regions and Canada. In 2006 and again in 2007 average starting salaries were among the lowest in the Midwest, and women there followed the same pattern, taking among the lowest paid spots accepted ($38,638 in 2006; $39,844 in 2007), though there was a trend toward modest growth from year to year. On a positive note: following the general rise in salaries in the Southeast, women gained just over 8% in average starting salary, narrowing the gender gap in the Southeast to 4.9%.

First careers resonate
Background and experience are yet another piece in the gender puzzle. Interesting trends emerge from those who reported LIS as a second career (and in some cases “too many careers to name?). Women responding to the survey typically reported first careers in education, human services, nonprofit agencies, and the arts, while men reported jobs in law, medicine, science, and engineering. Starting salaries for women with prior professional experience were approximately 3.4% higher than the average starting salary for all women ($43,154 compared to $41,731); for men, the difference was more substantial, with $47,877 for those reporting previous careers to $45,192 for all men. This suggests that the glass ceiling migrates to the LIS professions along with career changers, though prior professional experience can help in general.

The Minority Report: Library Roles
Salary growth still lags behind overall average for minorities, except in the Southeast.

Salaries for minorities in librariesThe other gap that exists is one of diversity. That said, graduates claiming ethnic and racial minority status fared better in the marketplace than did women in general. In 2007, approximately 11.8% of the graduating class claimed minority status. This has been consistent across the last several reporting periods, ranging from 12% in 2005 to 10.7% in 2006. Along with the ALA Spectrum Scholarship program, several of the LIS schools have received IMLS grants and other funding to recruit actively and retain minority students, and the profession is seeing the fruits of these efforts.

From 2006 to 2007, average starting salaries for minority graduates popped by 5.1%, growing from $40,750 to $42,831 and exceeding the 2005 high of $42,233. Contributing to the surge was an unprecedented 10.9% rise in salaries for minorities in the Southeast. This echoes the other signs of health in the Southeast. Unfortunately, a gender gap exists for minority graduates as well, with men earning 3.8% higher starting salaries than women ($44,828 compared to $43,656 in 2007). Much like the other positive trends for school library media centers, minority salaries sizzled for media specialists, with a 12.9% increase to $47,248.

While the proportion of minority placements remained steady in most library and information agency types between 2006 and 2007, an increasing number of graduates accepted positions in “other? agencies, and received higher salaries accordingly. In 2006, just over 11% of the minority graduates found jobs in such organizations, including nonprofits, private industry, and other nontraditional positions; in 2007, the placement rate grew to 16.8%. Average starting compensation in nonlibrary jobs for minority grads grew from $45,203 to $47,963, though it still stumbled behind the overall salary ($51,349) for all new graduates in “other? organizations.

Beyond the Library: Public vs. Private Sector Jobs
Cool jobs outside libraries brought both the high and low salaries.

Over the past several years a greater and more diverse representation of job assignments and types of organizations has lured LIS graduates, especially in the area of information science. Schools and graduates are reporting many intriguing job titles and responsibilities, such as user experience design and interface, information preservation, social computing and networking, and e-commerce. The opportunities are boundless—though not always easy to find. Graduates also note employment in museums, archives, and public programming (NPR, PBS, etc.). Many of these jobs can be broken into three designations: nonprofits, private industry, and the ubiquitous “other.?

Non-Library Public vs Private Sector Jobs
In order to understand the distribution of the new job types better, we asked graduates to identify and describe “other? designations. Of the 297 graduates who responded, approximately 13.1% accepted positions in nonprofit agencies, 57.9% were in “other? agencies or outside of the LIS professions, and 29% described their employers as private industry. The salary implications were far reaching, both for the graduates claiming “other? status and compared to the rest of their graduating class. On average, graduates choosing “other? organizations reached salary levels approximately 21.2% higher than their counterparts ($51,349 compared to $42,361). But within the other category, salaries swung wildly, with the salaries of those describing positions in the nonprofit sector significantly lower than those in private industry ($43,519 vs. $60,677—a 39.4% difference).

Salary differentials also highlighted the gender gap, though, interestingly, salaries were basically equal in private industry, with women earning an average of $61,100 and men an average of $61,068. The salary disparity was greatest for women in the nonprofit sector, with a 34% gap between them and their male counterparts (an average of $39,975 compared to $53,643). Some of this may be owing to the small pool of men, thus a much smaller range of salaries. It also appears that many of the women accepted clerical-type positions while the men focused on IT jobs in the nonprofits. However, the “other? organizations, including university units outside of the library or IT departments, hospitals, and other educational institutions, experienced a similar, though lesser, gap of almost 16% between salaries for women and men.

Two factors stood out in private industry in particular and the “other? category as a whole. First, the regional distribution of jobs in private industry had the highest placements in the West (approximately 26.7% of the placements), especially in California, which historically garners the highest salaries. Graduates accepting positions in other organizations in the West reported an average starting salary of $59,428 (15.7% higher than other grads reporting similar jobs). Secondly, the information school/library school dichotomy played out again, with UM placing 41% of the grads in private industry, and the combined I-schools placing 37.7% of the grads in “other? organizations overall. As noted, Michigan graduates are at the pinnacle of the LIS salary scale, with an average annual starting salary of $55,869. Six of the other iSchool Caucus members top the list of above-average salaries as well.

Inside the Library Job Search
The journey from LIS student to library professional is long but ultimately rewarding.

For some, the transition from graduate student to employed professional was seamless. Of the 1,546 graduates reporting employment, a full 41% remained with their current employer (compared to 36.9% in 2006 and 37% in 2005) while completing the master's degree; of these grads, 77.3% were placed in professional positions. For some, this meant a promotion from support staff and library technical assistant to professional staff. For others, there was no change in professional status but simply the addition of an “official? credential for the job they were already doing.

Graduates who found library jobs before graduation

Encouragingly, nearly 42% of all graduates found employment prior to graduation, which is slightly less than the previous year (46%) but well above the historical trends, ranging from 30% in 2003 to 25.2% in 2005. As in the past, grads began the job search well in advance of graduation day to ensure a smooth transition and no loss of income. A number of recent grads pointed to volunteer activities in libraries and other information agencies, previous experience, and fieldwork or internships as real boosts to landing positions.

The job search was an exercise in frustration for many graduates. It meant taking temporary work while seeking “better, more appropriate professional positions.? In a disturbing pattern, temporary placements increased again in 2007, with approximately 12.5% grads placed in temporary jobs (up from just over 10% in 2006 and 8.5% in 2005). While temporary status frequently implies that the job will cease at the end of a contractual period and without guarantees for the future, many graduates were quick to suggest that “temporary? is not always a bad thing. Temporary positions help them gain valuable work experience while continuing to search for permanent placements in areas and job types more suited to their needs.

Graduates with part-time positions held steady for a second year at approximately 16.2%. The majority of part-time positions were located in the Northeast (42.1%), followed by the Midwest (24%). The Southeast had the least amount of reported part-time positions (7.3%). Public libraries and academic libraries continue to employ the highest levels of part-timers, with 40% and 23% of the part-time pool, respectively, comparable to 2006 levels. Part-time positions in both of these types of agencies may be another indication of the impact of a soft economy and lower operating budgets. An intriguing side note regarding those graduates who said they had two or more part-time jobs, most frequently holding one in a public library along with one in an academic library. While one might assume the nonprofessional positions would be more likely to be part-time, positions in reference and information services saw the highest level of part-time staffing at 30% of the reported positions.

A long haul for some
More than a few graduates shared their stories of many, many interviews but very few real job offers. The overall length of time from graduation to landing a professional position increased from four-and-a-half months in 2006 to just shy of five months in 2007, and some were still looking over a year after graduation. The most frequent advice graduates offered to their future colleagues included “Network, network, network, early in your program,? “Find good mentors,? and “Get as much experience as you can during your program to prepare yourself for the realities of the workplace.?

School efforts
The LIS programs had a slightly different perspective, with more than 60% of the participating schools saying that they felt it was no harder placing graduates in 2007 than it had been the year before. In general, the LIS programs provided a broad range of access to job announcements and placement services, through electronic mail lists, bulletin boards, professional organizations and student chapters, and the schools' own web sites. However, only approximately 30% of the reporting institutions offer a formal placement and/or career service for their graduates.

Several of the LIS programs created a variety of mentoring programs for incoming and current students as well as recent graduates. Drexel University launched a new Alumni Mentoring Program in which alumni of the iSchool programs serve as mentors for prospective students, current students, and other alumni. In a similar effort, Drexel also launched a Graduate Peer Mentoring Program to connect successful graduate students with new and continuing students. The University of Alabama features a Mentoring Day to assist its students with job placement. The University of Texas at Austin, University of Washington, University of Rhode Island, and Simmons each have either career mentoring, faculty mentoring, and/or peer-to-peer mentoring programs to help ensure the success of their graduates.

Catalogers Lag, but See Upward Trend in Libraries
An industry standby struggles to get on par with average salaries, but sees growth.

Salaries for Catalogers in LibrariesOther opportunities for achievement were reported by grads obtaining positions in cataloging and classification. Unlike past trends, salaries for catalogers made an upward turn, increasing by just over 10.2% to $39,670, though still remaining below the $40K benchmark. One noteworthy point is that it appears more grads are being placed in cataloging supervisory positions; this may be a trend worth watching, and one that may be contributing to improvements in catalogers’ salaries.

Library Archivist Positions and Pay Rise
This speciality sees faster growth and higher pay hikes than most areas of librarianship.

Library archivists placements and salariesOne real surprise was substantial growth in the number of graduates accepting professional positions as archivists. Compared to other types of jobs, archival placements comprise about 4.3% of the reported staffing. However, this was a 22% increase from the previous year. The archivists also experienced a 14.4% bump up in salary to $40,286. Archival positions were reported in all types of libraries, especially academic libraries with special collection departments and museum and cultural heritage agencies. The majority of the archival jobs were located in the Northeast (almost 40%). Interestingly this seems to correspond somewhat to the increased placements in academic libraries in the Northeast, which experienced 11.83% more placements than 2006. Among the job duties, graduates described their positions in rare manuscript cataloging, records management, and preservation and digitization.

They also perform research and reference services, instruction, and public programming. Many also suggested that archives positions were neither information science nor library science, but encompassed both. The University of Wisconsin Milwaukee shared the broad array of agencies that actively sought archivists from their 2007 graduate pool, including Federal Trade Commission, Amnesty International, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, PELLA Corporation, National Press Club, Everglades National Park, NASA Headquarters History Office, Nationwide Insurance Library and Archives, International Tennis Hall of Fame Museum, Diocese of Springfield Illinois, Greenwich Village for Historic Preservation, NOVO, and U.S. House of Representatives.

How the Library Schools Measure Up
The I-school vs. the L-school debate rages, but which helps grads find the best jobs at the best salaries?

This year's survey provided real opportunities to examine the debate between library science and information science in more detail. In 2006 and again in 2007, graduates were asked to define whether their jobs were information science (IS), library science (LS), or other. Of the 1,347 graduates who responded to the question, 75.8% stated that their jobs were definitely LS, 9.2% claimed IS (down slightly from 2006), and the remaining 15% described their positions as falling into other professional areas, most frequently as grant-supported positions, corporate affiliation, or education (classroom teachers and higher education). The “other? category was also used for many of the reported archival positions.

Top 10 Schools By Library Salary
The LS vs. IS question represents more than philosophical underpinnings and types of jobs (user experience interface designer vs. reference/information specialist, for example). For some it shows a significant difference in salary. A straight dollar-to-dollar comparison suggests that graduates describing their jobs as IS earned almost 20% more on average for their starting salaries than other graduates ($48,354 compared to $40,308). Five of the iSchools Caucus members reported average starting salaries significantly above the overall averages (ranging from 9.6% higher to a whopping 31.9% higher). Interestingly, though higher overall, the IS salaries remained flat between 2006 and 2007 while the salaries for LS jobs improved by 1.8%.

On the other hand, designation as an I-school and membership in the iSchools Caucus seem to have less impact on how the graduates defined themselves. The IS graduates who clearly identified themselves with information science made up only 28% of the IS pool.

The combination of regionality and IS designation also played a role in salary achievements. Graduates who accepted jobs on the West Coast historically attained higher salaries than others. In 2007, the pay difference was 19.7% (or $8,375) for all graduates. Salary differences were even more apparent when regional placement was compared among the IS graduates. Graduates identifying IS positions on the West Coast earned 36.3% higher salaries than the entire pool of IS grads. The graduates who defined their jobs as IS-related in the Midwest, where overall salaries were among the lowest in 2007, negotiated the lowest salaries for positions.

Posted by kkowatch on October 22, 2008 at 02:28 PM | Comments (1)

SI Alumni & Student Networking Mixer

SI Students: Please sign up through iTrack by Wednesday, October 22, 2008 as we need an approximate count for lunch!

Come and network with the 2008 SI Alumni Award Recipients. Hear about their career paths and success, get some career advice and most importantly NETWORK! A rare opportunity to network with high profile, distinguished SI alumni who have done some amazing things. Don't miss it!

Thursday, October 23rd, 12:00-1:30
411 WH
Lunch will be provided by SI Alumni Relations!
Sign up is required through iTrack
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Participating Alumni:
Kenlee Ray (Retired), World Bank Organization
Peter Morville, President and Founder of Semantic Studios
Louis Rosenfeld, Co-Founder and a Board Member of UXnet
Josie Parker, Director of the Ann Arbor District Library

Read on to learn more about the significant accomplishments of our award recipients.

Participating Alumni:

Kenlee Ray
What has distinguished Kenlee Ray from others who have charted highly successful careers is her devotion to reaching out to help others, even in retirement. One of the first things she did on retiring from a remarkable career at the World Bank was spend the summer as a volunteer librarian in a rural village in Zimbabwe where the bookmobile was pulled by donkeys and powered by the sun.
In recognition of that commitment and career, Ray will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award, which honors alumni who have achieved at least 25 years of professional service and have distinguished themselves in the information professions.
After earning her AMLS, Ray held several traditional jobs, including school librarian and law librarian, before starting at the World Bank in Washington, D.C., in 1975. Through a quarter of a century there, she advanced from a role as the first legal librarian on the bank’s staff through a series of promotions: chief of reference of the Joint Bank-Fund Library, head librarian in the Executive Directors’ Library, acting chief of the Records Management Division in the Corporate Secretariat, and senior information officer in the Information Solutions Group.
Since retiring, she has devoted more time to humanitarian endeavors. The same commitment to community outreach that sent her to Zimbabwe also drove her to launch a project to revitalize a middle school library near Washington, D.C., raising funds, soliciting support from local businesses, organizing volunteers, and contributing many hours of her own time. That work earned her the Special Libraries Association District of Columbia Chapter Board of Directors Award in 2003.
She has also consulted with the World Bank’s Indonesia Human Development Division on a project to strengthen grassroots community libraries and primary school libraries in that country.
In 2004, she was honored with the National SLA Membership Achievement Award for raising awareness and positive publicity in the field of special librarianship.

Peter Morville and Louis Rosenfeld
Peter Morville and Louis Rosenfeld — widely recognized as “the fathers of the information architecture field? — had a hand in shaping the underlying structure of Web sites around the world.
They successfully applied to online information the principles they learned at the School of Information and the University of Michigan and then shared their knowledge in a best-selling book, Information Architecture for the World Wide Web (a.k.a., “the polar bear book,? after the animal that graces its cover).
In recognition of their work, Morville and Rosenfeld will receive the Alumni Achievement Award for having at least 15 years of service in the information professions and having distinguished themselves and made noteworthy contributions in the library and information science profession.
Among their other achievements, Morville and Rosenfeld helped build Argus Associates, one of the most respected information architecture firms in the world. The business partners recognized that usability engineering, ethnography, technology analysis, and other perspectives would be instrumental in developing the field of information architecture, and they co-founded the Information Architecture Institute, the sole professional organization for information architects.
Morville is now president and founder of Semantic Studios, an information architecture and strategy consultancy. He serves as a passionate advocate for the critical roles that search and findability play in defining the user experience.
His latest book, Ambient Findability, explores search, wayfinding, marketing, information interaction, literacy, librarianship, authority, and culture at the crossroads of ubiquitous computing and the Internet.
In 2007, Morville received the Roger Summit Award for inspiring work in the information industry from the Association of Independent Information Professionals.
Rosenfeld is now an independent information architecture consultant and founder and publisher of Rosenfeld Media, a publishing house focused on user-experience books.
As a graduate student in library and information studies in the late 1980s, he became convinced that the skills of librarians were grossly undervalued — in the coming information explosion, who else would supply the skills of organizing, classifying, and labeling information?
As the Web fueled that explosion, he realized that additional skills and perspectives were required to develop coherent, intuitive structures — information architectures — that made Web content accessible, and a new profession was born.
One of Rosenfeld’s interests is working to coalesce the information architecture and user-experience communities. He played a leading role in organizing and programming the first three information architecture conferences, and he is co-founder and a board member of UXnet, an organization that supports cooperation and collaboration among organizations and individuals devoted to user experience.
A regular presenter and moderator at professional and academic events, he has embarked on a six-city speaking tour with usability expert Steve Krug each year since 2002. Crain’s Detroit Business has named Rosenfeld a “technology pioneer.?

Josie Parker
As director of the Ann Arbor District Library (AADL), Josie Parker is a model for forward-thinking librarians who embrace the latest technology to make information more readily accessible.
In light of her professional advancement, the School will honor her with the Alumni Early Achievement Award for outstanding accomplishment with less than 15 years of service in the information professions.
One of Parker’s most significant achievements has been guiding the construction of three landmark environmentally friendly library branches in Ann Arbor. She is now proposing an approximately $70 million project to replace the district’s main library building.
Parker champions the use of technology in public libraries to enhance and expand access to all materials for patrons of all ages. She recently earned national recognition as an early adopter of “Web 2.0? features on the AADL Web site (www.aadl.org), including personal card catalogs, user reviews of books, blogs, and news feeds.
As a student at SI, Parker was a member of the class that launched the renowned Internet Public Library, which has expanded digital librarianship and served as a worldwide model. She received the Margaret Mann Award from SI for “demonstrated ability and promise of professional development.? The fulfillment of that promise has since been recognized with numerous other awards, includng the Loleta Fyan Award from the Michigan Library Association in 2000, a Business Woman of the Year Award in 2004 from Ann Arbor Business Review, and the Book Community Award from the Kerrytown Bookfest in Ann Arbor in 2007.
Before accepting the AADL directorship, Parker was a public librarian in Chelsea and Ypsilanti, Michigan. She started at the AADL in 1999 as manager of youth services and circulation services before becoming associate director of public services.
Parker’s service includes time on the board of the Michigan Library Consortium and the presidency of the Michigan Library Association. She is also an active member of national library associations.

Posted by kkowatch on October 21, 2008 at 09:01 AM | Comments (0)

ICP Panel: Global Careers in Information and Technology

Global Careers in Information and Technology Wednesday
Oct. 22nd, 5:00-6:30 PM
Michigan Union, Kuenzel Room
Sponsored by: SI Career Services and the College of Engineering Career Resource Center

The School of Information, together with the College of Engineering, have sponsored this panel session in order to focus on, not only international opportunities specific to information and technology careers, but the importance of global knowledge and awareness in industry today.

Panelists will discuss international opportunities, as well as the importance of global knowledge, relating to careers in engineering and information technology. Speakers will provide insight into these careers and discuss ways for students to prepare for international opportunities within these fields.

Employers will discuss international opportunities relating to engineering and information technology. Speakers will provide insight into these careers and discuss ways for students to prepare for international opportunities within these fields.

A School of Information student will also be a panelist. He will be discussing his international internship experience and the impact it has had on his career goals.

PANELISTS:
Industrial Technology Research Institute - Dan King, Human Resources
Belkin International - Jason Stewart, SI Student Summer Intern
Menlo Innovations - Richard Sheridan, President & CEO
Whirlpool Corporation -
Reagan Kowske, Recruiting Manager
IAV Automotive Engineering, Inc. - Kody Klint, Gasoline & Alternative Fuels Calibration Team Manager

Posted by kkowatch on October 21, 2008 at 08:59 AM | Comments (0)

International Career Pathways Events - Many Next Week!

All of the International Career Pathways events have been very well-attended and well-rated—if you missed one that interested you, check it out on DVD at the International Center. This series takes place early in the academic year so that you’ll be ahead of important application deadlines.

Next week will be the biggest one for the International Career Pathways series:
http://internationalcenter.umich.edu/swt/work/resources/ICP

Don't miss the once-a-year INTERNATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FAIR, Thursday Oct. 23 from 2-6 PM! It features organizations that offer opportunities for internships, volunteering, teaching, and working abroad. Some offer international career positions.

Take time during the break to study the 60 organizations coming so you can maximize the value of your time at the event!
http://www.careercenter.umich.edu/events/fairsevents/intlfair.html

Here are the remaining International Career Pathways events--please scroll down for more details:

Careers in International Health & Humanitarian Relief
Wednesday, 10/22, 5:00-6:30 PM, Michigan Union Anderson Room

Global Careers in Information & Technology
Wednesday, 10/22, 5:00-6:30 PM, Michigan Union Kuenzel Room

Teaching & Volunteering Abroad
Wednesday, 10/22, 7:00-8:00 PM, Michigan Union Pond Room

INTERNATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FAIR
Thursday, 10/23, 2:00-6:00 PM, Michigan Union Ballroom

Peace Corps and Your International Career
Thursday, 10/23, 7:00-8:30 PM, Michigan Union U-Club

Graduate Internships in Africa
Wednesday, 10/29, Noon-1:00 PM, Weill Hall (Ford School) Room 1110

International Environmental Careers
Thursday, 10/30, 6:00-7:30 PM, Dana Bldg. Room 1040

See below for further details on each event.

The following are UM International Career Pathways events. http://internationalcenter.umich.edu/swt/work/resources/ICP

Series is co-sponsored by the Career Center, College of Engineering, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, Germanic Languages and Literatures, International Center, International Institute, School of Information, School of Natural Resources & the Environment, School of Public Health and School of Social Work

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Careers in International Health & Humanitarian Relief
Wednesday, 10/22, 5:00-6:30 PM, Michigan Union Anderson Room
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Staff members from organizations involved in various aspects of international health and humanitarian relief will share the paths they took to reach their current positions, as well as discuss the key elements to preparing for a successful career in international health. Session will be moderated by Frank Zinn, Director, Office of Global Activities, School of Social Work and is sponsored by the School of Social Work and School of Public Health.

Organizations represented will include:
John Snow, Inc.
Catholic Relief Services
Clinton Foundation
Child Family Health International

All of these except for Catholic Relief Services will participate in the International Opportunities Fair, and you can check the Fair's website for more information.


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Global Careers in Information & Technology
Wednesday, 10/22, 5:00-6:30 PM, Michigan Union Kuenzel Room
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Panelists will discuss international opportunities, as well as the importance of global knowledge, relating to careers in engineering and information technology. Speakers will provide insight into these careers and discuss ways for students to prepare for international opportunities within these fields. Sponsored by: School of Information and College of Engineering.

These organizations will be represented:
Industrial Technology Research Institute
Belkin International
Menlo Innovations
Whirlpool Corporation
IAV Automotive Engineering

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Teaching & Volunteering Abroad
Wednesday, 10/22, 7:00-8:00 PM, Michigan Union Pond Room
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Programs for teaching and volunteering abroad offer a vast range of opportunities in fields such as health, social work, natural resources and teaching English. Positions are available for undergraduate and graduate/professional students, as well as for those about to graduate. Find out about some well-established programs and follow up with their representatives (and many more) at the International Opportunities Fair the following day. Sponsored by the U-M International Center.

These organizations will be represented:
CIEE Teach Abroad
Cross-Cultural Solutions
Cultural Embrace
JET (Japan Exchange & Teaching Program of the Japanese Embassy)
Peace Corps
Princeton-in-Asia

Research all these in advance on the International Opportunities Fair website!

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INTERNATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FAIR

THURSDAY, OCT. 23, 2:00-6:00 PM IN THE MICHIGAN UNION (2ND FLOOR)

See opportunities offered by the 60 organizations that are coming:
http://www.careercenter.umich.edu/events/fairsevents/intlfair.html

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Peace Corps & Your International Career
Thursday, 10/23, 7:00-8:00 PM, Michigan Union U-Club (1st Floor above Ground Level)
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Find out from returned Peace Corps volunteers how Peace Corps can help prepare you for careers in fields such as international development, health or diplomacy. Co-sponsored by U-M International Center and U-M Peace Corps Office.

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Graduate Internships in Africa
Wednesday, 10/29, Noon-1:00 PM, Weill Hall (Ford School) Room 1110
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Interested in exploring internships in Africa? Hear from a panel of UM graduate students about their recent internship experiences in Africa. Strategies and advice for securing and funding internship will be discussed.

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International Environmental Careers
Thursday, 10/30, 6:00-7:30 PM, Dana Bldg. Room 1040
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This panel will feature international environmental professionals who will share their stories about their career paths, provide career advice and highlight opportunities to get started in an international environmental career.

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Feel free to e-mail or call if you have any questions, or stop by and see us M-F, 8-5 (we’re next to the Michigan Union).

On behalf of the International Career Pathways committee,

Bill Nolting and Kelly Nelson, U-M International Center, tel. 647-2299
http://internationalcenter.umich.edu/swt

Posted by kkowatch on October 17, 2008 at 09:23 AM | Comments (0)

Looking for a GSI Position at UM? Read on...

The UM Academic HR website has a listing of all the GSI positions available: http://www.hr.umich.edu/acadhr/grads/postings.html

(Note: While there are no actual GSI/GSSA position postings at this site, each of the links below contain detailed descriptions of the relevant procedures, processes, timelines, etc. of University of Michigan academic units that regularly appoint GSI’s and GSSA’s. In many cases, the information may also contain links to local unit websites (or description of physical locations) at which actual postings may be located. All inquiries from current or prospective graduate students about the academic programs themselves, or about specific GSI or GSSA appointment opportunities, should be directed to the involved academic units.)

I'm not sure, but I think that this isn't a comprehensive list, so if there is a certain department that you are especially interested in, you may want to contact the department directly to inquire about openings.

When submitting an application for a GSI position, you are going to want to emphasis your teaching experiences. GSI positions at UM are extremely competitive, but that doesn't mean that they are impossible to attain as we have a handful of students every year that get them.

If you choose to submit an application, consider also adding a cover letter that speaks to the following topics:

1. Command of the Course Material
a. Demonstrated mastery of the material in the course; Performance in the course itself; Previous coursework/work experience
b. Overall academic performance

2. Teaching Skills/Promise
a. Teaching experience/skills; Prior teaching performance (here or elsewhere); Particular skills for a course: e.g. leading discussions, assisting/assessing writing, strong quantitative skills, etc.
b. Rapport with the instructor (usually assessed by instructor preferences among candidates)
c. Interpersonal and communication skills; Ability to establish good rapport with the full range of students, particularly those having trouble; Approachable, supportive, a good listener; Ability to understand, diagnose, and address student difficulties; Strong presentation/group interaction skills; Capable of GSIing his/her fellow students (if applicable); General maturity

Posted by kkowatch on October 14, 2008 at 11:29 AM | Comments (0)

Asian Internship Funding Resource

LUCE SCHOLARS PROGRAM

Description: The Luce Scholars Program provides stipends and internships for 18 young Americans to live and work in Asia each year. Dating from 1974, the program's purpose is to increase awareness of Asia among future leaders in American society. Luce Scholars have backgrounds in virtually every field (other than Asian studies) including medicine, the arts, business, law, science, environmental studies, and journalism. Placements can be made in the following countries in East and Southeast Asia: Brunei, Cambodia, China and Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.
The annual selection of the 18 Luce Scholars is an unusually rigorous process. Each candidate must first be nominated by one of the colleges or universities participating in the program. The University of Michigan is one of 67 participating universities. These institutions submit to the Luce Foundation two nominees annually from among their graduating seniors, graduate and professional school students, or their recent alumni. For additional program information, visit the Henry Luce Foundation website.

Eligibility Criteria: The University of Michigan must nominate students for this award. Applications submitted by students directly to the Luce Foundation will not be considered. Students who already have significant experience in Asia or Asian studies are not eligible for nomination to the Luce Scholars Program. Candidates must be American citizens who have received at least a bachelor's degree and are no more than 29 years old on September 1 of the year they enter the Luce program. Nominees should have a record of high achievement, outstanding leadership ability, and a clearly defined career interest with evidence of potential for professional accomplishment.

Deadline: Monday, November 3, 2008. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Submission: University of Michigan students and alumni interested in applying to the Luce Scholars Program must submit an application form and additional required documents to the University of Michigan International Institute, 1080 South University, Suite 2660, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1106. The International Institute is located on the 2nd floor of the School of Social Work Building at the corner of East and South University. Application forms are now available as an Adobe Acrobat PDF file on the Henry Luce website. Go to http://www.hluce.org/lsapp.html.

Review Process: Staff at the International Institute will review applications, and will invite the most promising applicants for an interview. All applicants will be informed of the results of the University of Michigan review by the end of the fall semester.
Nominated applications are forwarded to the Henry Luce Foundation in early December. The staff of the Foundation performs an initial screening of the nominees on the basis of both the documentation submitted and individual interviews conducted at convenient locations around the country in late December and January. Each candidate is interviewed (usually on the phone) by a member of the Foundation staff during this period. On the basis of this review, the staff of the Foundation refers no more than 45 finalists to three regional selection committees that make the final decisions.
Each of the selection committees is composed of five or six distinguished Americans from a wide range of professional backgrounds who serve as informal advisers to the Foundation in this regard. In recent years, these panels have met in New York, Washington, and San Francisco in late February and early March. Each panel meets with fifteen of the designated finalists. From that number, each panel identifies six Luce Scholars for the coming year.
The 45 finalists are chosen without regard to geography. The determination of the specific regional selection committee before which a given finalist is invited to appear is made by the Foundation primarily on the basis of proximity. Finalists' travel and hotel costs are paid by the Foundation.
The finalists are notified of the actions of the three selection committees within a few days of their meeting, and in no case later than the March 15. Consultations with the new Scholars about possible assignments in Asia begin immediately thereafter. Placements and support services for the Luce Scholars are provided by the Asia Foundation, an organization with field offices throughout Asia. The program begins in August and concludes the following July.

Campus Contact: Amy Kehoe akehoe@umich.edu

Posted by kkowatch on October 14, 2008 at 08:57 AM | Comments (0)

The Job Talk — Ac'ing the One-Question Test

The job talk may be the most important part of any academic interview. A good talk may make up for some other shortcomings, while a poor talk may be difficult to overcome. How can you prepare to do your best? Our faculty panel shares their insights and answers your questions on a number of topics.

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The Job Talk: Ac’ing the One-Question Test
Thursday, October 23
12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
The Career Center,
3200 Student Activities Building
Sponsored with the Center for the Education of Women

Posted by kkowatch on October 13, 2008 at 01:49 PM | Comments (0)

Skills for the International Employee

Skills for the International Employee
Monday October 13, 2008, 5:00 to 6:30 PM
Michigan Union - Anderson A-B Room

Representatives from U-M offices and students with global experiences will explore the kinds of skills students should develop while preparing for overseas experiences and how to market international experiences when they come back

Offices being represented:
The Career Center
The Engineering Career Resource Center
International Programs in Engineering

For more information e-mail ahomkes@umich.edu or 7-7165

Posted by kkowatch on October 09, 2008 at 01:29 PM | Comments (0)

MI-UPA: Introduction to Usability Meeting

The Michigan Usability Professionals' Association and Western Shores Society for Technical Communication are proud to bring you Introduction to Usability.

The meeting will be on Wednesday, October 22nd in Grand Rapids:

Steelcase Learning Center
901 44th Street SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49508

Google Maps

If you are interested in learning the basics and benefits of user centered design and how to introduce it into your organization, then Introduction to User Centered Design is your chance! Dave Mitropoulos- Rundus, Director of User Experience at Perficient, and Mike Beasley, the president of the Michigan UPA, will lead a discussion that gives you the opportunity to pose your questions to a couple of user experience experts. You can learn about such things as:

* What IS Usability? Can you touch it? Can you measure it?
* How can you incorporate it into your organization?
* "Usability," "User Experience," "Human Factors," "Information Architecture?" What's the deal with all these names?
* What can my website analytics tell me about the usability of my site?
* How you can use user tasks and goals to organize your website.

After an introduction to the basics of usability, they will open the floor to questions. You will set the agenda for this discussion through the questions you bring, so come prepared!

Dave Mitropoulos-Rundus is a Director of User Experience at Perficient, Inc. He has designed user interfaces for hand-helds and kiosks and web sites and production machines, and has conducted evaluations in the lab, on the web, in the field, and in the homes of consumers. Dave has held usability consulting, sales, and management positions in both company product development and in consulting groups. He has led corporate initiatives to standardize user interfaces, improve usability, and achieve Section 508 compliance. He has also focused on dramatically improving usability and conversion rates on Business-to- Consumer websites and on achieving usable and useful IT software.

Mike Beasley is the User Experiologist at Pure Visibility. Mike is committed to improving the world, one user interface at a time. He has worked on websites and computer software, has done usability testing, heuristic evaluations, user research, and has had a strong interest in figuring out why people do the things that they do. Before joining Pure Visibility, Mike was a usability engineer at Compuware and at Thomson Gale. Mike is currently president of the Michigan chapter of the Usability Professionals' Organization and Associate Content Editor for UX Magazine.

Posted by kkowatch on October 09, 2008 at 09:24 AM | Comments (0)

Considering the Peace Corps Post-Graduation?

The next Peace Corps Info Meeting is Wednesday, October 8th at 6:30pm at the International Center, Room 9.

At the meeting you’ll have the opportunity to learn about Peace Corps, to learn about the application process, and to hear about returned Peace Corps Volunteers’ overseas experiences! We encourage anyone interested in Peace Corps to attend.

And if you’re unavailable Wednesday, please consider attending one of our other fall events listed below (and find UM Peace Corps contact information):

Fall '08 Peace Corps Information Events

OCTOBER 2008

Information Session
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
6:30 p.m.
International Center, Room 9
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Peace Corps represented at the International Career Pathways panel discussion, Teaching & Volunteering Abroad
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
University of Michigan

International Opportunities Fair
October 23, 2008
2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Michigan Union
University of Michigan

International Career Pathways panel discussion, Peace Corps & Your International Career
Thursday, October 23, 2008
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
University of Michigan

Information Session
Monday, October 27, 2008
7:30 p.m.
International Center, Room 9
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

NOVEMBER 2008

Information Session
Friday, November 7, 2008
3:00 p.m.
International Center, Room 9
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

DECEMBER 2008

Information Session
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
7:00 p.m.
International Center, Room 9
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Feel free to contact the U-M Peace Corps office if you have any questions at peace.corps@umich.edu!

Cheers,
Jacquelyn

Jacquelyn Bradford
U-M Peace Corps Coordinator
International Center
734 647 2182
peace.corps@umich.edu – www.peacecorps.gov
www.umich.edu/~icenter/peace

Posted by kkowatch on October 08, 2008 at 08:45 AM | Comments (0)

Job Hunting Is, and Isn’t, What It Used to Be

Great article from the New York Times on how job hunting has and hasn't changed....

Note the highlighting of the use of social and professional networking sites as a resource for job applications in lieu of the large job boards such as Monster.com about half way down the article.

Job Hunting Is, and Isn’t, What It Used to Be
By ALINA TUGEND
Published: September 26, 2008

WHEN I think back to my job-hunting days, my methods seem as quaint as comparing a Victrola to an iPod.

First, there was no Internet. I perused trade journals for job possibilities. I painstakingly typed my résumé on a typewriter (electric) and had to retype — and retype and retype — when I made a mistake. I cut and pasted my newspaper clips, which I needed to send along with the résumé, onto letter-size paper, which was like trying to put together a jigsaw puzzle with a few pieces missing.

Then, because self-service copying was in its infancy, I had copies of my clips made. Then, I stuffed them into manila envelopes and took them to the post office to mail.

I followed up with telephone calls, because, of course, there was no e-mail. In fact, voice mail also barely existed. (I’m not that ancient. We’re talking less than three decades ago.) So either I never got past the switchboard or I was shunted off to a bored secretary, who I’m sure never bothered writing down my message.

With all the innovations since then, what hasn’t changed is how frustrating it can be to get the right job. Or even a personal response to a résumé.

And while many of the tools available through the Internet can help searches, they can also become obstacles to actually finding employment.

“Online sites tend to overwhelm people,? said John Challenger, chief executive officer of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, a firm that helps place people in jobs and does business consulting. “The key for most people to realize is that you can’t conduct your search from your computer. You have to get in front of prospective bosses to get an offer.?

It is too easy, Mr. Challenger said, to spend hours trolling job sites instead of doing the harder work of calling and meeting people.

“You have to do a performance check on yourself,? he said. “I’ve spent so much time on the computer, and how many times did I get to the person I’d be working for, not just H.R. or a recruiter??

But it’s no wonder that people become addicted to the online searches. The Conference Board, a business research organization, estimated that 4,833,700 job vacancies were posted online last month.

The big three sites are Monster.com, CareerBuilder.com and Yahoo HotJobs.com. Craigslist is also a popular option, as are those like Indeed.com and SimplyHired.com, which aggregate big and small jobs sites.

Niche sites are also growing. Doctors can check out PracticeMatch.com; those seeking nonprofit work can go to Idealist.org. TheLadders.com is popular for job seekers looking for executive positions that pay more than $100,000 a year.

And I made a note of JournalismJobs.com. Because you never know.

Most of these sites are free for those looking for work. It’s the employers who pay to post the positions. But the cost of using a site like TheLadders ranges from nothing for limited access to as much as $180 for a year of unlimited job hunting and a weekly newsletter.

But the trouble with many of these sites, especially the bigger ones, job hunters say, is that they have become an indiscriminate morass.

Prescott Perez-Fox, of Brooklyn, who describes himself as “underemployed? as a graphic designer since finishing graduate school three years ago, said that he assumes when he applies for a job online that “I’ll be up against at least 100 other candidates.?

With mainstream sites like Monster.com and CareerBuilder.com, “the numbers can be in the thousands,? he said, adding: “It took me a long time to realize that I would never find a job from a job board, especially a larger, mainstream site. I still apply for jobs at the rate of about three per week, but my expectations are almost nil.?

In addition, many job seekers have applied for what they thought was the perfect post, only to end up on the receiving end of a bait and switch.

Jessica McKenzie of Salt Lake City, for example, said she perused all the big and small job boards when looking for a job in public relations. She applied for one post that seemed like a good possibility, and even went for two interviews.

“The second interview turned out to be a ride along with a door-to-door salesman of discount coupons to places like amusement parks and ballgames,? she said.

The job sites do try to monitor such misleading ads. Ms. McKenzie said that when she reported her experience to CareerBuilder, where she found the post, it responded.

Because of these concerns, many job hunters are abandoning the job sites, or using them much less frequently, in favor of what are called social networking sites like LinkedIn, Plaxo and Facebook.

In fact, Michelle Robinovitz, who has been a recruiter for 15 years and now is director of recruiting for an accounting firm in Atlanta, said she had stopped using job sites altogether and relied almost completely on LinkedIn.

“I feel like they’re a waste of time and money,? she said of job search sites. “I’ve seen a decline over the past two years of qualified candidates. It used to be that we would get 300 résumés. Now you are lucky to get one. I think qualified people are much more savvy.?

Ms. Robinovitz said her firm paid $200 a month to directly e-mail up to 50 people on LinkedIn. Often, it’s not the people she contacts who want the job, but rather friends of those contacts who end up getting the job.

For those (yes, like me) who don’t know how to make the best use of such social networking sites, several books out there can lead you by the hand.

But a word of warning, especially as sites like Facebook become more popular tools for recruiters: get anything that looks bad off your page. That photo of you drunk at a Halloween party, those musings about how much you hate your boss — not a good impression.

The Society for Human Resource Management, a trade organization, recently compiled responses from 571 of their members about how they use the Internet to fill jobs.

It found that recruiters use social networking sites 23 percent more now than they did in 2006 to fill vacancies, verify résumés and screen applicants. Even more interesting, negative information on an applicant’s profile, like “personal views or values contradictory to the hiring organization or excessive alcohol abuse,? have a greater impact on hiring decisions than positive information, the survey found.

When looking for a job, especially in these tougher economic times, the trick is to cast as wide a net as possible. Don’t ignore the online job sites, experts say, but use them sparingly. Also check alumni and professional associations.

Mr. Challenger suggests limiting yourself to surfing such sites only after dinner. Use the daytime to get out and meet people as much as possible.

Also learn how to use the system. Many companies don’t even glance at all the résumés they receive, but have programs that search for keywords to weed out the ones they don’t want.

Tom Musbach, managing editor of Yahoo HotJobs, advises using phrases that appear in the job posting.

“For example, if you apply for a job that says you should have ‘strong media relationship skills,’ use that phrase in your résumé and cover letter,? he said. “That may get the résumé to the top in a keyword search.?

It’s not enough, however, to just parrot words back, he said. Make sure your résumé doesn’t simply list job descriptions, but focuses in on what you’ve achieved.

Also check out sites intended to make you more knowledgeable about the culture and pay of the career you’re seeking. Glassdoor.com, for example, allows people to anonymously share reviews, ratings and salary details about specific jobs and employers.

So, I guess the lesson is that job hunting has been transformed to some extent. You can do a lot more of it at home in your pajamas. But some things never change. When push comes to shove, you still have to put on a suit and go out and meet people.

Posted by kkowatch on October 01, 2008 at 02:04 PM | Comments (0)