Career Development Resources

Career Development Resources for Effective Job Searching and Beyond

The resources listed on these pages will help you prepare for a productive and effective job search as well as enhance your career development efforts.


Career Development Resource Guide, published by the ALA Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment now available.

Printable version of Career Development Resource Guide


  • Career Assessments

    Resources to help you determine your strengths.
  • Cover Letters

    Resources for guidelines and examples of effective cover letters.
  • General Career Advice

    General resources such as how to impress a new employer, dressing for success, working a career fair, etc.
  • Interviewing

    Articles on improving interview skills, including how to manage different types of interviews, how to answer tough questions, etc.
  • Job Search Strategies

    Information on things you should know about job hunting and the process, how to find a job with the federal government, and other job search strategies.
  • Virtual Professional Development Presentations

    Great resources on career advancement. Podcast series posted; Links to webinars included; PowerPoint presentations on creating resumes, etc.
  • Networking

    Articles on why to network and how to do it effectively to meet your career goals.
  • Professional Portfolios

    Resources on developing professional portfolios using various media formats.
  • Resumes

    Resources for guidelines for preparing effective resumes, as well as examples.
  • Salaries

    Articles on effective ways to negotiate salary offers.


ALA Conference-Related Resources

​Details on ALA JobLIST Placement and Career Development Center during the ALA Midwinter and Annual Conferences. Check this page often, as it will be updated regularly as we get closer to the conference.

American Library Association JobLIST Placement Center

  • Conference Workshops

    Details of programs and workshops being held at the upcoming ALA Conference that may be of interest to job seekers. Includes links to sign up for career counseling and resume review help.
  • Recruiters at Conference

    Recruiters who will be onsite in the JobLIST Placement and Career Development Center at the upcoming ALA conference.

If you have questions or suggestions about the content in the Career Development Resources section, please contact ALA HRDR.


Revised July 2020