Friday Fun: Think you have it bad? Check out Please Fire Me!

With so many uproars and bombshells this week (re: ABA Journal, Thomson Reuters news, etc.), the iBraryGuy team decided that our friends and colleagues could use a little levity today.  The collective librarian blood pressure is too high.  So we are bringing it down a few notches.  Consider it a smile from us to you to get your weekend underway!

So you think you have it bad?  We all do once in a while.  The true challenge is to not let a bad moment ruin a whole day or even a bad day ruin a whole week.  Life is too short and too full of good things to dwell on those crumby times in which we wished things were better.  Sometimes, all it takes is a little reminder that when things are bad for us, they are probably worse somewhere else for someone else.  A little bit of laughter can go a long way.  The next time your boss or your coworkers get you down, check out PleaseFireMe.  It may just give you the giggle you need to drive those doldrums away.

PleaseFireMe is more than a blog for unhappy workers.  It is an online b*&#@fest for the “malemployed”.  Perhaps you know some of these folks.  They are the ones with the truly awful jobs . . . jobs that make the rest look like a walk in the park.  It is amazing what people will say when given the forum to do so.  Then again, it is sometimes amazing what people will tolerate to make a buck.  PleaseFireMe is a revolution in employee feedback.

Now we do have a warning, we are merely recommending that you give your overtaxed brains the occasional break by checking out this site.  We are in no way advocating it as a sound, safe, and sane way to voice your own work frustrations.  Heck, the world being as small as it is, we may even know who you are based upon what you post.  Having said, we would rather not know that any of our friends or colleagues was actually let go for venting on PleaseFireMe.  😉

Have a great weekend!!!

The iBraryGuy Team

Simply Hired revolutionizes the job hunt . . . simply!

In times likes these, job security is on everyone’s minds.  Unfortunately, for many, so is the job search.  The unemployment figures are staggering and competition for job vacancies is stiff.  Simply Hired is a beacon of hope in these difficult days.  Its simple, yet feature-rich suite of tools just might make finding that dream job a whole lot easier and more manageable!

The creators of Simply Hired had a single goal in mind – creating a single site where job seekers could easily search all jobs available on the web.  What resulted is no small feat to say the least!  Simply Hired aggregates job listings from thousands of websites including the leading job boards, company career sites, newspaper classifieds, non-profit sites, government sites, and more.  It’s an amazing one-stop-shop for job hunters!

Do not be fooled, however.  Simply Hired is more than just a job search.  The site packs in some great and unique features that make it stand out above similar job search sites.  Yes, you can search company names and job titles and even locales.  That is standard.  However, after you run your search, Simply Hired lets you filter the results with additional keywords or using special filters that focus on things like the Fortune 500.  Specialty searches are even offered to cover company qualities such as  mom-friendly, dog-friendly, eco-friendly, and GLBT friendly companies.  How cool is that?!?!  One of our favorite features allows you to link Simply Hired to your LinkedIn account.  Doing so will let you see who you may know at companies that are hiring.  Talk about a neat way to get a virtual foot in the door!

Accounts on Simply Hired are free and recommended.  By signing up, you can save listings, make notes on the listings you have saved, and even rate the opportunity for follow-up.  You can save your searches and even turn them into an RSS feed.  Your Simply Hired account will also allow you to map the jobs that interest you and set up handy e-mail alerts for new job postings.  Aside from an actual job with the company, there is not much more for which you could ask them.

Simply Hired’s tag line is “job search made simple”.  It should also be “job search made powerful”, because that is really what Simply Hired is all about.  An impressive set of job hunting tools, this site is a real bright spot in a tough job market.  Check it out today!

LRG + LAC = Library Works’ awesome new Career Center!

It's a great day to be a librarian!  Then again, isn't every day?  But days like today are special.  When library service providers come together and collaborate, it's almost like the planets themselves are aligning.  It usually means great things for librarians and info-pros everywhere.  Thanks to the good folks at Library Resources Group (LRG) and Library Associates Companies (LAC), today is one of those days!
It was announced today that LAC will be powering the new Career Center offered by LRG on its excellent Library Works site.  If you have not been to Library Works, it is actually a portal to some of LRG's most valued content.  This site provides searchable access to the full text of The Librarian's Yellow Pages and its well-loved directory of vendor profiles, demos, product information, and special offers.  It also provides access to LRG's monthly newsletter of library product news, best practices, and advice, INFOcus.
Library Works' new Career Center, powered by our friends at LAC, features a listing of open library positions around the United States.  The list features hyperlinks to job descriptions and can be browsed as a whole or by category.  Simple, yet efficient and comprehensive.  We dare say, that with the current economic and jobs pictures, that its arrival could not be more timely!  Whether you are looking to get into a position or make a change of positions, this is one resource that should be part of your plan of action.  It will also be a welcome new resource to our colleagues in library and information science schools as they anxiously prepare to enter the job the market.  Kudos to LRG and LAC for putting this together!
The LRG is no stranger to the needs of the library community.  Library Resources Group's mission is to help you make informed, cost-efficient decisions about products and services for your library. The LRG family of resources, provided free of charge, is designed and delivered to enable you to identify best practices, discover special offers and discounts, and learn of new technologies and services in a timely manner.  Anyone who has ever used The Librarian's Yellow Pages knows how valuable a partnership our industry enjoys with the folks at LRG.
LAC was a natural fit for LRG in bringing the Career Center to life.  Though we have featured them on iBraryGuy before, it is worth singing their praises yet one more time.  Library Associates Companies (LAC) is a premier provider of consulting, executive search, recruiting, staffing, and project management services within the information, knowledge, intelligence, library and research fields. Their clients range from government agencies and public institutions to Fortune 500 corporations, law firms, pharmaceutical and biotechnology firms, media organizations, academic institutions, and nonprofit organizations. For 23 years, it it has been going strong, growing, and doing our industry proud.