According to the Simmons College Career Education Center, 70% to 80% of job seekers find their jobs through networking. As few as 20% land their jobs through the traditional "reactive" job search method, which involves applying for posted positions on job boards or want ads. Networking is necessary to tap into "hidden" job opportunities.

Gordon, R.S. (2009, September 15). Finding a library job: Updated. Library Journal. Retrieved from

As the webmaster, author of What's the Alternative? Career Options for Librarians and Info Pros, and consulting editor of ITI Books, Rachel Singer Gordon provides a "must read" but lengthy article about how to overcome the barriers to finding an entry level library position. The author provides resources about how to look for librarian jobs, how to manage expectations surrounding the salary associated with entry level positions, and how to use librarian-specific resources for networking. Standard resume, cover letter, and interview advice is also included. Although the additional listed resources at the end are dated, the article is filled with current library-specific resources for new and seasoned librarians seeking employment.

Levinson, J.C., & Perry, D.E. (2011). Guerrilla marketing for job hunters 3.0: How to stand out from the crowd and tap into the hidden job market using social media and 999 other tactics today. Hoboken, N.J.: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Call number HF5382.7 .L4653 2009 is available in Beatley Library for an older edition:

Levinson, J.C. (2009). Guerilla marketing for job hunters 2.1: 1,001 unconventional tips, tricks, and tactics for landing your dream job. Hoboken, N.J.: John Wiley & Sons.

Written by bestselling authors and recruiters Jay Conrad Levinson and David E. Perry, this book contains a step-by-step guide to creating and using digital marketing strategies and tactics to finding a job through various social networking channels, such as LinkedIn, Facebook, ZoomInfo, Google, Twitter, among others. In 315 pages, the authors provide an overview of the importance of personal branding, as well as demonstrate proven techniques to create distinction in the marketplace. The table of contents features the interview, resume, salary negotiation, and other job searching steps for easy access. Case studies, before-and-after sample resumes and cover letters, as well "cheat sheets" with search engine optimization tips and targeted keywords are included. The authors' website offers additional audio, video, and template resources. Although the book may initially appear to cater to corporate executives, the advice from the leading recruiters provides valuable insight about how to succeed in today's marketplace.

Schepp, B., & Schepp, D. (2012). How to find a job on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Google+. New York, NY: McGraw Hill.

Call number HF5382.7 .S342010x is available in Beatley Library for an older edition:

Schepp, B., & Schepp, D. (2010). How to find a job on LinkedIn, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and other social networks. New York, NY: McGraw Hill.

After authoring 19 books together, Brad and Debra Schepp now provide an updated step-by-step guide showing how to create social networking profiles, build contacts within one's network, find new leads, and obtain recommendations through various social network channels. The updated reference also shows how to tap into the special features of the various social networking sites, especially through Facebook and Google+. A table of contents and index directs readers to sections about the different online networks. The book is available in paperback and e-book format.

Simmons College. (n.d.). Welcome to Alumnet! Retrieved November 12, 2012 from

For Simmons alumni, seniors, graduate students, faculty, staff, and active volunteers only, a Simmons online alumni directory containing more than 8,000 registrants is available for access. The directory is a starting point to network with alumni for career advice, connect with other students, receive college news updates, learn about volunteer opportunities, and register online for Simmons campus events. Registration is free and required to access Alumnet. A Simmons ID number and a permanent email address must be submitted. A username and password will be given to access the site. Users receive the monthly Simmons E-News e-mail newsletter, which includes college event information and other non-career related benefits. Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn Simmons' community networking groups are also featured. For more information, email Alumnet or call 800-831-4284.

Simmons College Career Education Center. (2012). Optimize your networking. Retrieved from

The Simmons College Career Education Center (CEC) provides a comprehensive and concise overview of the benefits of networking, as well as tips about how to build and maintain a network. Exclusive Simmons career coach and interviewing resources are included. The website provides links to career articles, as well as CareerSpots and LinkedIn videos. For more information or to arrange an appointment with a career counselor for additional advice, the CEC staff can be contacted via email or 617-521-2488. The CEC is located on the first floor of the Simmons College School of Management Academic Building in suites M107 through M112 for walk-in appointments.

Vaughn, P. (2012, November 9).The ultimate cheat sheet for mastering LinkedIn [Web log post]. Hubspot's Inbound Internet Marketing Blog. Retrieved from

Although LinkedIn is the premier professional social networking resource, about 80% of people do not know how to use it appropriately, according to Vivian Giang of Business Insider. The article provides 35 steps to help job seekers maximize use of their LinkedIn profile and network. From using search optimization techniques to participating in LinkedIn events, the article provides a concise and updated overview of the nuances of site, as well as advice about to tap into it special features.

Whitcomb, S.B., Bryan, C., & Dib, D. (2010). The Twitter job search guide: Find a job and advance your career in just 15 minutes a day. Indianapolis, IN: JIST Works.

Call Number: HF5382.7.W486 2010

Rated as one of the best Twitter books by, the book by award-winning career expert Susan Britton Whitcomb and colleagues show how to further your career by effectively using Twitter for 15 minutes a day. The concisely written book shows how to increase the breadth and depth of professional networks by including topics such as: showcasing expertise with "Twit-fit" resumes and biographies, enhancing online reputation, managing privacy settings, participating in niche market networking, creating covers letters in ten tweets, and building a fan club through various social marketing tactics. In addition to a table of contents that outlines the topics, a "how to use this book" section guides readers to topics that are relevant to their particular interests. The authors won the Career Director's International 2010 Career Innovator Award for their work on this book. To keep the content current, the authors advise checking their website for the latest updates.

Professional Organizations

Students are often able to join the national associations at special rates, enabling them to gain exposure to every aspect of the profession. By attending meetings, helping with events, and becoming involved, SLIS students get the chance to network with alumni. Check out a list of the organizations and their websites.