Using AI to Assist Librarian and Student Job Searches

A New Jersey school librarian who used AI during her recent job search shares tips for librarians and students applying for a new position. 

Recently, I found myself back in the job market due to a reduction in force. During the application and interview process, I leaned heavily on AI for writing resumes, cover letters, and thank you notes, as well as answering job application questions. By leveraging generative AI, you can make your job search more efficient, less stressful, and ultimately more successful.

Here are some specific prompts I used during my job search, with links to videos to show you how to use these prompts to best present yourself for an available position. These tips and prompt templates can be shared with students as they seek employment during and after high school.

Click on the links below each section for step-by-step instructions.

 

Resume

Example prompt: "Help me tailor my resume for a school librarian position in [name of school district]. Here is the job description: [paste or link to the job description]. Here is my current resume [paste or link to resume].”

Detailed tips and prompts for using AI for resumes.

 

Cover letter

Example prompt: "Help me write an engaging cover letter. I want to highlight my enthusiasm for the school librarian position at [school name]. Make sure to also look at the job description [paste or link to the job description] and my current resume [paste or link to resume] and highlight my experience that aligns with their needs."

Detailed tips and prompts for using AI for cover letters.

 

Application questions

Example prompt: "Using my current resume [paste or link to resume] to answer the following question in paragraph form for a job application—describe the skills or attributes you believe are necessary to be an outstanding school librarian.”

Detailed tips and prompts for using AI to answer application questions.

 

Thank you letter

Example prompt: “Write an email thanking [name of person who interviewed you] for the interview today for the library media specialist position. Mention how much I would be interested in the job and how I believe I am a good fit for [name of school].”

Detailed tips on using AI to write thank you letters.

I hope these instructions and example prompts will help you and your students land a dream job.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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