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Client Details Posted on August 14, 2019
What do you want to achieve in the next year by hiring a coach?
1. Obtain a new job that I enjoy, where I add value and feel respected.
2. Learn how to make myself more marketable whether to obtain a similar position with another library system or gain a position in upper management
3. Figure out if I should stay in the library profession or consider other fields such as human resources
4. Learn how to effectively negotiate salary within the confines of the public sector
I would like to connect with a coach who has experience in public libraries (or municipal/government in general) as well as insight into the human resources profession.
Although I prefer face-to-face meetings, I'm more interested in finding the right person to guide me.
Tell us about yourself.
I am a branch manager in a large, urban public library system. I have been in the library profession for 13 years, about six of which have been in a supervisory capacity. I am very unhappy in my current position, because I feel my current organization does not align with my values. I have been seeking branch manager positions in neighboring library systems for well over one year but have not made it past the interview stage. In many cases, the positions I've applied to were offered to internal candidates with little to no actual management experience. As I ponder these rejections, I'm wondering what I can do to better market myself but also if I'm even in the right field or level within my field. My position is considered middle-management, and I genuinely dislike many aspects of managing front-line staff as well as the lack of autonomy. I also feel that I have many skills that are not being utilized. I wonder if I can market myself better to possibly obtain an upper management position in a public library system. Also, through all of the job searching and interviewing I've done throughout my career, I've always been curious about the human resources profession and wonder if that is a career possibility I should seriously consider. I also have spent some of my career working in the more technical aspects of librarianship and wonder if a financial or data-driven position might be a good fit. Regardless, I would like to stay in the public sector and have no interest in working for a private company.
What city/town do you live in?