This book examines the difficulties confronting information professionals who, due to financial downturns, technological change, or personal crises, are forced to re-evaluate their career options. It is divided between a case study (based on the author’s own experiences) of career dislocation and eventual career renewal, and several sections that offer pragmatic advice on how to recover from job loss, conduct a skills assessment and develop a practical job search strategy. The author, with honesty, confronts the serious and sometimes troubling psychological and professional consequences of layoffs and job burnout. This book presents an overall positive outlook on personal growth and the opportunities our new information environment holds.
- Provides the tools and resources that will help the reader decide on the best approach to re-start their career
- Presents first-hand experience about the anxiety, hard work, and excitement that go into career renewal
- Shines a light on the understanding of the various challenges that come with working in multiple library environments
About the Author
Oliver Cutshaw has over 30 years experience as both a para-professional technician and professional librarian; having worked at world-renowned universities, including Harvard University, and small graduate schools he brings a broad and established perspective to the question of career change. The author holds both MA and MLIS degrees from the University of Maryland, College Park. He served as a middle manager and preservation librarian for over a decade at Harvard University and is now the Librarian for Southern California at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, California.
Table of Contents
Introduction to the parameters of career renewal
Career recovery: a case study of my personal job search
No job, no way: librarians are often unprepared for voluntary and involuntary career changes
First you grieve: job loss, job stagnation, and job burnout in an age of transition
Re-envisioning your career: a new look at yourself and your skills
Reframing your skills and search strategies: preparing for the job search and looking at your professional goals with a fresh and realistic approach
New résumé, new interview skills, but the road can still be bumpy: preparing for the job search and practicing the survival skills needed for success
You got your job! Hurray! But now what?
How can our professional organizations and graduate schools build a better professional support system?
Conclusions: recovery, reframing, and renewal are a matter of interpretation