The ALA JobLIST Placement Center will be located in the McCormick Place West Convention Center, Level 3, Hall F2.
Recharge your career by meeting with a professional career coach. She can guide you in strategizing for the next phase of your career, solving a problem in your current job situation, defining goals, and/or rejuvenating your career. Each one-on-one session is 20 minutes, and is completely confidential.
If you have never experienced career counseling, or just haven't used this type of service in a long time, this is the perfect opportunity to either introduce yourself to or reacquaint yourself with a service that can be useful throughout your career. Take advantage of the opportunity to talk with a knowledgeable professional about your career concerns. This service is free and available whenever the Placement Center is open.
Open House/Job Fair
An exciting new service is coming to the Placement Center. During the ALA 2015 Midwinter Meeting in Chicago, the ALA JobLIST Placement Center will be offering all attendees the opportunity to have a "headshot" photo package created. Any attendee can sign-up for an appointment with ALA's conference photography team to have a professional photo taken and set of digital images created for the attendees' use in job applications, social media and other networking opportunities. Sign-up now.
Photos will be taken in the Placement Center on Saturday and Sunday, January 31-February 1, 2015, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Appointments can be made in advance and onsite. For advance appointments, use the online sign-up form.
There is a nominal fee of $20 which can be paid either in advance with a check or money order, or onsite with cash, money order or check only. All advance payments must be received by Friday, January 23, 2015.
To pay in advance, complete the registration
form and mail it along with payment made payable to the American
Library Association to the following address: ALA/HRDR, c/o Beatrice
Calvin, Placement Photo Service, 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611.
Professional Etiquette Luncheon
This interactive luncheon presentation provides an extensive tutorial on the dining etiquette skills needed when meeting potential clients, colleagues or employers in professional networking settings. The full dining tutorial includes how to navigate table settings, properly hold silverware for each course, how to eat various foods and how to graciously toast your host, among other topics. A portion of the presentation also focuses on professional etiquette as it relates to dress, behavior and communication in the professional world.
It does not matter if you are a student, a new graduate, or a professional who has been working for years. The information provided in this session will be useful either as an introduction or a refresher. Anyone who attends can benefit. Cost is $40. Register early, as seating is limited.
To register for this event, you can use the ALA Midwinter registration form. If you have already registered, you can add it to your registration. Use event code: HRD1.
Career Development Workshops
Listed below are the sessions that will be held in the ALA JobLIST Placement Center (unless otherwise noted). There is no cost to attend. Registration is not required. Please return to this page often, as more details will be added.
Even in a tired economy, there are employers hiring. However, sometimes job-hunters get in their own way. Without specific goals, expert help, a familiarity with social media, active networking, and the willingness to receive and act on feedback-including hard news about the need to upgrade skills and emotional intelligence-success is less likely. Even intelligent and experienced job-hunters might need a course correction. Join us in this session to discover if you might be making mistakes that are keeping you from getting the job you really want.
11:00am - 12:30pm
Stress from work or our personal lives can wear us down. Everyone experiences stress, but some react to it better than others. You can learn how to improve your reaction to stress to better support your health. Learn to become more resilient--to bounce back from stressful experiences and move forward. This session will give you practical advice based on the scientific literature for building your physical and emotional reserves. Learn to stop running on empty!
The presenter, Anne Mejia-Downs, PT, MPH, is an assistant professor in physical therapy at the University of Indianapolis and a practicing physical therapist with over 30 years of experience.
1:30 - 3:30pm
Whether you are building a resume, creating a workplace portfolio, preparing for a job interview, or making a career change, a career autobiography can capture information and provide a narrative flow. It also can reveal patterns about career choices and help remind you of forgotten skills and accomplishments, in both text and graphic formats.
Join us for a hands-on workshop on creating a document that can assist you on current and future job hunts and career decisions.
Attend this session to discuss how to deal with being told no in your career and use it to your advantage.
Dan Hoppe, the Director of Human Resources at the American Library Association will share his years of experience in human resources to help attendees understand how to turn the word â€œNoâ€� into stepping stones to move your career forward.
For more information on the ALA JobLIST Placement Center activites,
contact Placement Manager, Beatrice
at the ALA 2015 Midwinter Meeting
January 30 - February 3, 2015