HOW to Get Hired @ KDL

First, let’s clear up an old-school notion — library workers do not get paid to read all day. Got it? OK.

Still interested in working for KDL? You’re in good company, as competition is fierce. Kim Schweibert from KDL’s human resources department offers a five-point plan to increase your chances of being interviewed for a KDL position:

First, consider the job description. Don’t just apply for every opening, whether you’re qualified or not. We’ll get to know your name, but not in a good way. Emphasize your strengths by applying for the right positions.

Second, complete the application.  We require completed applications. “See resume” doesn’t cut it. Don’t waste an opportunity to include a cover letter.

Third, present yourself well. It’s an application, not a text message. Capitalization and punctuation matter. Emoticons are not punctuation. Photos of yourself, your children or your Pomeranian won’t help. Your best effort will.   

Fourth, choose references wisely. Seriously, if they use “dude” in any sentence, we’ve mentally hung up. Choose the people who appreciate your character and work ethic. Teenagers are a bad choice for a reference, as are relatives, love interests and your mom; we have to assume she’s biased.

Fifth, why are you “The One”? Because you love books? Cover letters sent to KDL begin with “I love books” more than any other statement. It’s great that you had a happy childhood filled with charming library memories. How does that make you uniquely qualified for work for a loud, fast-paced, high tech, customer service-driven organization like KDL? Tell us your story — the one where landing this job is only the beginning.   

After all this, you still have to be the best fit for the right job among all of the applicants. It’s up to you to sell yourself, which is really what the application’s all about. If you’re going to do it, do it right! Aren’t you worth the effort?


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Heidi Nagel is KDL’s Communications Manager. She is an equal opportunity librarian — loving both cats and dogs with equal fervor.

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