The Information Professionals Social Club met at Jupiter in Berkeley tonight, and despite the noise of the crowd, I was able to make new acquaintances and catch up with familiar colleagues. Records managers, librarians, and students with varying emphases made for a good mix of individuals, representing the information profession.
A recurring theme (not surprisingly) is of course the economy and job market. I had a great discussion with colleagues Cyndi Varady and Amy Rogers about successfully working with temp agencies to land a library/archive/or other gig.
My experience tells me that it is important to make sure to develop a solid connection and build rapport with the recruiter. Have a conversation, don’t just leave a message. Then, stay in touch.
The extra time and energy can eventually pay off, even if it is down the line.