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Break’s almost over

Before winter break began I made a list of everything I wanted to do before January 26, 2011, the beginning of what will probably be the most stressful semester of library school. The following are items that I actually completed or worked on:

Read for fun! I have a list of 175 books to read. OK, that was misleading. I have a list of 175 books to read total, not just during winter break. I read On the Road, finished Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and started I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Next up: Just Kids by Patti Smith (thanks Santa).
Go to the gym at least 3x a week. I’m surprised I’ve managed to stick with this one, but I’m so glad I did. Working out has become a habit for me and I have a feeling I will need its benefits during the upcoming semester. I hope to write more about this in an upcoming post that is not to be mistaken for medical advice.
Make cookies and share them with people. Everything I baked is in my holiday baking post. When I started amping up my workouts I naturally stopped baking. I miss it, but I don’t need the temptation of a tiny 90 calorie peanut butter cookie.
Be a good intern. Really nervous. I can’t speak to the quality of my intern work because I haven’t started yet, but I enjoyed myself at my orientation.
Eat tamales. You better believe I ate tamales on Christmas Eve.
Deep clean my room. This is actually my first reward for finishing finals. I love me a clean, dust-free bedroom.

Messy desk with papers

Before

Clean desk

After

Still working on this one. But my desk looks a little better!

Organize my closet and drawers. I did this to make room for my new grown-up clothes.
Drink tea. I just joined Steepster. My tea drawer’s already at the brim and I am very afraid. My brother gave me a whistling tea kettle for Christmas and I’m trying to drink what’s in my stash before buying new tea. I did, however, run out of earl grey and that needed to be replaced.
Go to the movies. I saw True Grit with my dad. I meant to go more often.
See my friends more often. I saw my friend Julia twice. She was back home in San Diego from law school in Washington DC. I saw Lauren once and met their cute little cat.
Buy more grown-up clothes. Santa brought me an interview suit for Christmas and I got some new work blouses.
Make a plan for post-graduation. Something in my personal life has changed recently, and although I didn’t have a plan before the change, I’ve been mulling over everything with a new perspective. Right now I have the opportunity to move to Washington DC and live with Julia starting in May, but I’ll be applying for jobs in Southern California, too.

So I never saw the snow (not even dog pee snow), but I have no regrets about how I spent my break (though I do wish I had seen more of my friends). That being said, I plan to spend my last week or so of break hitting the gym and the books and trying to achieve mental balance in preparation for a long semester. OK, signing off so I can make an appointment to get my hair cut! Remember: “your hair is your head suit” (Jack Donaghy, 30 Rock).

Organizing the Job Hunt

Pencil N' Paper

[Photo by quacktaculous on Flickr]

I’m trying desperately to reach inside myself and gather the motivation to begin preparing for next semester. Have I told you what I’m doing this semester? I’m taking advanced cataloging, historical research methods, a 3 unit internship at UC Irvine’s Langson Library, and my portfolio class. To top it all off I’m going to be on the job hunt. Excuse me, I need to go cry in a corner.

And I’m back. Sorry about that. *sniffle* When I feel totally overwhelmed by something I either a) ignore it until the last minute or b) get organized. Well heck, it’s a new year and I’ve decided to go with action b, starting with the job hunt. So I did some research on organization tips for job searching and became inspired by Elizabeth’s (aka the Newly Employed Librarian) post in which she lists the way she did it. I usually print out job descriptions and I loved her idea of organizing them by date. So I drove down to Office Max and picked up a binder and dividers. I used the dividers to create four sections based on my job hunting needs:

  1. Job descriptions, organized by priority (I also save a copy of job descriptions in Evernote)
  2. Printed copies of letters of recommendation (these can also serve as an ego boost when needed)
  3. Job hunting/interview advice
  4. Copies of submitted applications (also saved in Dropbox)

Another part of my preparation for the job hunt includes lining up past supervisors to serve as references. This is where digital organization comes into the picture. Gmail allows you to create color-coded labels for messages, so I’m making one for any and all job-hunting-related correspondence. After the supervisor agrees to be a reference and I verify their contact info, I put it in the list I’ve created in Evernote and add them to my contact book in Gmail. Finally, I’ll need to set up an Excel spreadsheet as suggested by Elizabeth and a few other librarians. I haven’t done this yet but I’ll need to get going on it before I submit things.

By the way, if you haven’t already, I highly suggest reading Elizabeth’s posts in her Guide to Job Hunting. They’re very helpful and inpsirational!