What you bring to the job
In the July 07 issue of Library Journal, Stacy Russo discusses how her non-library experience helps her as a librarian. She writes, “many of us come to the profession after working a series of odd jobs or with years of dedication to another vocation.” When interviewing for a job or in our current positions we tend to discount this experience because it is not library experience. Prior to becoming a librarian, Stacy worked as a vocational rehabilitation counselor. She served a diverse group of people--some pleasant, some hostile. Her one-on-one sessions with clients, “turned out to be excellent training for reference work.” To determine how transferable non-library skills can be, Stacy recommends making a list of the skills learned from your prior work and comparing them to the tasks you currently perform at the library. You’ll find many of the skills transfer easily.
What is the most valuable skill you learned from a non-library job that you apply to your current role? (Feel free to mention the job as well as the skill.)
>> contributed by Leslie