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  • 1.  Some Advice and guidence!!

    Posted 07-22-2022 07:31
    I am fairly new to SLA. I'm currently a graduate student at the University of Southern Mississippi obtaining my MLIS. I will be done by next semester. I have changed careers lete in life because of my passion for military history, so I'm not the average age of a graduate student (42).  I wan hoping to get some advice on how to go about finding my first job in the field. I live in Pennsylvania and have been noticing that you may have to move to where a opportunity arises. Just some quick thoughts would be extremely helpful!!! Thank you

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    Danielle Russano-Simpkins
    Student
    University of Southern Mississippi
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  • 2.  RE: Some Advice and guidence!!

    Posted 07-25-2022 08:54
    Danielle, hello from a fellow USM grad!
    You've already made the first step--connecting with the Military Libraries Community!

    First, make an account with USAJOBS, https://www.usajobs.gov/ and create a saved search. The primary job series to search for is 1410, Librarian; you can also look at 1412, Technical Information Specialist. Some people also look at 1411, Library Technician, as a way in. The starting grade for Librarians is GS-09 (or NAF-4 for General/MWR libraries).
    Use the USAJOBS resume builder instead of uploading your own, and don't follow the traditional resume advice of 2 pages. Make it as long as necessary (after 30+ years working for DOD, mine is 7 pages).

    Yes, you will have to move, but some positions may pay your way. 

    With your interest in military history, check out the Army War College Library, https://arena.usahec.org/-/u-s-army-war-college-library, in Carlisle, PA.

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    Gloria Miller
    US Army Futures Command
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  • 3.  RE: Some Advice and guidence!!

    Posted 07-28-2022 09:42
    Actually I just applied for an internship on USAJobs for a special project internship that's virtual but I plan on revising my resume specifically for USA jobs I was wondering if you would be okay with taking a look at it and give me some guidance?
    Respectfully,
    Danielle 






  • 4.  RE: Some Advice and guidence!!

    Posted 07-29-2022 08:00
    I'll send you my work email. Understanding the Federal application process is half the battle.

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    Gloria Miller
    US Army Futures Command
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  • 5.  RE: Some Advice and guidence!!

    Posted 07-25-2022 10:06

    Danielle,

    I pursued my MLS at the age of 50 and always knew that I would have to be geographical mobile. I did lots of unpaid internships during my MLS program to get my name and face in front of employers. I even thought that if I couldn't find work, that I would join the Peace Corp. I studied to become a medical librarian; however, I was in the right place at the right time and Rolls-Royce offered me a permanent position. I jumped on that and even though the position was only to have lasted a year, I have now been employed by RR for 15+ years! I absolutely love it.

     

    Gabriele (Gabi) Hysong, MLS (she/her)

    If you can't find the information you need in 10 minutes, contact the Librarian!

     

    Information Operative

    Library & Knowledge Services Center– Indianapolis

    Rolls-Royce Corp.  450 S. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46225

     

    + 1 317-373-7047

    gabriele.hysong@rolls-royce.com

     

     

     

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  • 6.  RE: Some Advice and guidence!!

    Posted 07-28-2022 09:39
    Thank you so much for your advice. I just applied for a internship for USAJOBS for a Special projects intern. Keep your fingers crossed!!
    Danielle