For Public Review: Crowdsourced Feedback on Your Resume or CV

Are you interested in getting a lot of eyes on your resume or CV?  

We’re launching a new series here on Hiring Librarians, called For Public Review.

Here’s how it works:

We’ll post resumes or CVs, and invite the public to respond with their feedback in the Comments section.  We’ve got a few ringers – people who hire librarians – who have agreed to regularly review and comment.  However, anyone and everyone on the internet will also be able comment (respectfully – we will do our best to moderate attacks and insults).

We will post resumes or CVs from any LIS job hunter who submits one. However, he or she must agree to comment on at least five other posted resumes/CVs.

To have your resume or CV posted,

  • send it as a Word document, PDF, PNG or JPEG to hiringlibrariansresumereviewATgmail.
  • It will be posted as-is, so please remove any information that you are not comfortable having publically available (I suggest removing your address and phone number at a minimum).
  • Please include a short statement identifying if it’s a resume or CV and
  • describing the types of positions you’re using it for (ie institution type, position level, general focus).
  • Finally, you will also need to confirm that you agree to comment on at least five other posted resumes.

Our first two resumes are up and ready for your help!  Take a look at Resume 1 and Resume 2

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And while I have you here…

1. In other crowdsourced news, please consider this your monthly-ish reminder about the Interview Questions Repository:

Have you been on a library interview recently?  Or are you prepping for one?

Sounds like you could use The Interview Questions Repository!

If you’ve had a library interview recently, help this resource grow by reporting the questions you were asked:

http://tinyurl.com/interviewquestionsform

or by sharing this link widely with your friends and colleagues.

If you are about to go on an interview, use the spreadsheet:

http://tinyurl.com/InterviewQuestionsRepository

to help you prepare.

2. Looking for a new podcast?  The IP Address interviews different library professionals, exploring their perspectives on everything from the future of libraries to library hiring.  It’s a very interesting listen!

3. Hiring Librarians could happen live at the California Library Association Conference! Conference-goers are voting now to choose the sessions they want.  I’m on the team for two other presentations in the running: Silicon Valley Grows: Seed Libraries Unite and Ride On! Bikes and Libraries.  Could be a busy autumn!

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if they are unkempt, missing teeth, otherwise lack of personal pride.

Hot Summer Interview Outfit by Flickr User nfotxnThis anonymous interview is with a public librarian who has been a member of a hiring or search committee. This librarian works at a library with 10-50 staff members in a Rural area in the Western US 

What Candidates Should Wear

Should the candidate wear a suit to the interview? 

√ Probably not (but it’s ok if the candidate does wear one)

An outfit with a coordinated blazer and trousers:

√ Counts as a suit

Bare arms are inappropriate in an interview, even in the summer.

√ True

If a woman wears a skirt to an interview, should she also wear pantyhose?

√ No, but it’s not a dealbreaker

Women should wear make-up to an interview:

√ I don’t care, as long as it’s not over-the-top

Is there anything a candidate might wear that would cause them to be instantly out of the running? If you have any funny stories about horrifying interview outfits, we’d love to hear them. 

Shredded clothing, flip flops, sexual innuendo.

Do you expect different levels of formality of dress, depending on the position you’re hiring for?

√ Yes, the higher the position, the more formal I expect the candidate to dress

Which jewelry may candidates wear: (Please select all that are acceptable)

√ Single, simple necklace, bracelet, and/or ring

Which hair colors are acceptable for candidates:

√ Natural colors (black, brown, red, blonde, gray)

The way a candidate dresses should:

√ Show personality

How does what a candidate wears affect your hiring decision?

if they are unkempt, missing teeth, otherwise lack of personal pride.

What This Library Wears

How do you dress when you are going to conduct an interview?

similar to every day, business casual.

On a scale of one (too dressed up for my workplace) to five (too casual), khakis and a polo shirt are:

3

What’s the dress code at your library/organization?

√ Casual

Librarians at your organization wear: (Please check all that apply)

√ Name tags

Do you have any other comments?

some of your questions are leading and some do not offer choice.

This survey was co-authored by Jill of Librarian Hire Fashion – submit your interview outfit to her blog!

Photo: Hot Summer Interview Outfit by Flickr User nfotxn

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For Public Review: Stephanie Santiful

Welcome to crowd-sourced resume review for LIS job hunters!

Please help the job hunter below by using the comment button to offer constructive criticism on her resume. Some guidelines for constructive feedback are here, and the ALA NMRT has brief tips for reviewing resumes here.

This 2 page resume was submitted by a job hunter who says,

I am hoping to receive some input on my resume. It is a resume/CV, I believe. I have only held one position in a library (cataloging assistant), so it includes my other work history as well as my educational history and background.
I am using it to apply to academic and public library/librarian positions with an emphasis on technical services or entry level positions.

Stephanie Santiful Resume

Stephanie Santiful Resume page 2

To submit your resume or CV For Public Review,

  • send it as a Word document or PNG or JPEG image to hiringlibrariansresumereviewATgmail.
  • It will be posted as-is, so please remove any information that you are not comfortable having publically available (I suggest removing your address and phone number at a minimum).
  • Please include a short statement identifying if it’s a resume or CV and
  • describing the types of positions you’re using it for (ie institution type, position level, general focus).
  • Finally, you will also need to confirm that you agree to comment on at least five other posted resumes.

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The description of the institution is way less important since that can be looked up online.

Goose hunting in Klamath County, Oregon, OSU Special Collections via Flickr CommonsThis anonymous interview is with a job hunter who is currently employed (even if part-time or in an unrelated field), has not been hired within the last two months, and has been looking for a new position for less than six months. This person is looking in academic libraries for positions requiring at least two years of experience.

This job hunter is in an urban area, in the Midwestern US and is willing to move to certain locations

What are the top three things you’re looking for in a job?

Location
Type of Library (public or private, small or big)
Type of Duties

Where do you look for open positions?

ALA Joblist, professional listservs, individual institutions

Do you expect to see salary range listed in a job ad?

√ Yes, and it’s a red flag when it’s not

What’s your routine for preparing an application packet? How much time do you spend on it?

Depends on the job, but usually about a week

Have you ever stretched the truth, exaggerated, or lied on your resume, or at some other point during the hiring process?

√ No

When would you like employers to contact you?

√ To acknowledge my application
√ To tell me if I have or have not been selected to move on to the interview stage
√ To follow-up after an interview
√ Once the position has been filled, even if it’s not me

How do you prefer to communicate with potential employers?

√ Phone

Which events during the interview/visit are most important to your assessment of the position (i.e. deciding if you want the job)?

√ Tour of facility
√ Meeting department members/potential co-workers
√ Meeting with HR to talk about benefits/salary

What do you think employers should do to get the best candidates to apply?

List the salary and a detailed description of the job. The description of the institution is way less important since that can be looked up online. Listing more clearly the requirements and the preferred qualifications so that the candidate knows if they have a shot at getting the job.

What should employers do to make the hiring process less painful?

Not take so long.

Are you hunting for a new LIS job? Take the survey! http://tinyurl.com/hiringlibJOBHUNTERsurvey

This survey was co-authored by Naomi House from I Need A Library Job – Do you need one? Check it out!

 

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For Public Review: Wilfredo Rivera

Welcome to crowd-sourced resume review for LIS job hunters!

Please help the job hunter below by using the comment button to offer constructive criticism on his resume. Some guidelines for constructive feedback are here, and the ALA NMRT has brief tips for reviewing resumes here.

This resume was submitted by a job hunter who says,

I’ve been applying for academic technology-related jobs (at the supervisor level and above; no directorships) and public/academic librarian gigs in higher education here in NYC. It’d be great to get input from hiring professional within libraries because I feel that the resume looks strong, though I’m aware I do not have a great amount of librarian experience. (I should mention that the one semester of librarian experience I do have was mostly my shadowing tenured academic librarians.)

WilfredoRESreview p1

To submit your resume or CV For Public Review,

  • send it as a Word document or PNG or JPEG image to hiringlibrariansresumereviewATgmail.
  • It will be posted as-is, so please remove any information that you are not comfortable having publically available (I suggest removing your address and phone number at a minimum).
  • Please include a short statement identifying if it’s a resume or CV and
  • describing the types of positions you’re using it for (ie institution type, position level, general focus).
  • Finally, you will also need to confirm that you agree to comment on at least five other posted resumes.

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That doesn’t mean someone else wouldn’t look professional without sleeves.

Outfit for interview by Flickr user Josh DelsmanThis anonymous interview is with an Academic librarian who has been a hiring manager and a member of a hiring or search committee. This librarian works at a library with 10-50 staff members in a Rural area in the Midwestern US 

What Candidates Should Wear

Should the candidate wear a suit to the interview?

√ Probably, yes (but it’s ok if the candidate wears something a little less formal)

An outfit with a coordinated blazer and trousers:

√ Counts as a suit

Bare arms are inappropriate in an interview, even in the summer.

√ Other: this may be preference. I think it could be inappropriate – but can also think of many professional dresses/silk shells that are sleeveless. I wouldn’t wear a sleeveless top – but that doesn’t mean someone else wouldn’t look professional without sleeves.

If a woman wears a skirt to an interview, should she also wear pantyhose?

√ Either pantyhose or tights. Bare legs are inappropriate

Women should wear make-up to an interview:

√ I don’t care, as long as it’s not over-the-top

Is there anything a candidate might wear that would cause them to be instantly out of the running? If you have any funny stories about horrifying interview outfits, we’d love to hear them.

clothing too small/obviously ill-fitting (straining buttons)
heels too high
skirts too short
polo/collarless shirt (effort should be made for collared shirt and tie – even if no jacket)

Do you expect different levels of formality of dress, depending on the position you’re hiring for?

√ Yes, the higher the position, the more formal I expect the candidate to dress

Which jewelry may candidates wear: (Please select all that are acceptable) 

√ Single, simple necklace, bracelet, and/or ring
√ A few simple necklaces, bracelets, and/or rings
√ Arty or more elaborate necklaces, bracelets, or rings
√ Nose Ring (nostril)
√ Earrings
√ Multiple Ear Piercings
√ Other: I think the idea is that the jewelry shouldn’t be distracting – too much, too big, too unconventional could be distracting or seen as unprofessional

Which hair colors are acceptable for candidates:

√ All of them, even pink

The way a candidate dresses should:

√ Other: professional – this can show loads of personality – but neat, clean and professional is a must

How does what a candidate wears affect your hiring decision?

It likely wouldn’t affect the decision a great deal – I would be more interested in how they act, answer questions, present, etc.

That being said, how a candidate acts and dresses in an interview is an indication of how they may act on the job. So, if someone’s personality and dress do not match with the organization and its goals – then maybe they aren’t the best fit for the job.

What This Library Wears

How do you dress when you are going to conduct an interview?

skirt/slacks, professional top/sweater etc. That is – even though I would wear a suit to an interview – I wouldn’t wear a suit as an interviewer.

On a scale of one (too dressed up for my workplace) to five (too casual), khakis and a polo shirt are:

3

What’s the dress code at your library/organization?

√ Business casual

Are there any specific items of clothing, etc. that are forbidden by your dress code? (Please check all that apply)

√ Jeans
√ Flip flops
√ Other: The jeans and flip flops are not forbidden – I just haven’t ever seen anyone wear those to work. Sort of an unspoken business casual.

Librarians at your organization wear: (Please check all that apply)

√ Other: we have name tags that we wear to certain functions

This survey was co-authored by Jill of Librarian Hire Fashion – submit your interview outfit to her blog!

Photo: Outfit for interview by Flickr user Josh Delsman

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Take classes on library instruction

This anonymous interview is with an academic librarian who has been a hiring manager and a member of a hiring or search committee. This person hires the following types of LIS professionals:

Reference

This librarian works at a library with 10-50 staff members in an urban area in the Northeastern US.

Do library schools teach candidates the job skills you are looking for in potential hires?

√ No

Should library students focus on learning theory or gaining practical skills? (Where 1 means Theory, 5 means practice, and 3 means both equally)

3

What coursework do you think all (or most) MLS/MLIS holders should take, regardless of focus?

√ Vocabulary Design
√ Project Management
√ Library Management
√ Collection Management
√ Web Design/Usability
√ Research Methods
√ Reference
√ Outreach
√ Instruction
√ Soft Skills (e.g. Communication, Interpersonal Relations)

Do you find that there are skills that are commonly lacking in MLS/MLIS holders? If so, which ones?

How to teach library instruction sessions, lesson plan design

When deciding who to hire out of a pool of candidates, do you value skills gained through coursework and skills gained through practice differently?

√ No preference–as long as they have the skill, I don’t care how they got it

Which skills (or types of skills) do you expect a new hire to learn on the job (as opposed to at library school)?

Organizational design

Which of the following experiences should library students have upon graduating?

√ Scholarly publication
√ Professional organization involvement

Which library schools give candidates an edge (you prefer candidates from these schools)?

Doesn’t matter

What advice do you have for students who want to make the most of their time in library school?

Take classes on library instruction

This survey was coauthored by Brianna Marshallfrom Hack Library School. Interested in progressive blogging, by, for, and about library students? Check it out!

Special Note: From December 6, 2013 to October 24, 2014, the ALA will accept comments on the Draft revised Standards for Accreditation of Master’s Programs in Library and Information Studies. More information about the process of changing these standards is here. If you have opinions about what people should be learning in library school, here’s a way that you can influence change.

Do you hire librarians? Tell us, “What Should Potential Hires Learn in Library School?”: http://tinyurl.com/hiringlibschoolsurvey

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It feels so political.

D.B. MacMillan (LOC)This anonymous interview is with a job hunter who is currently employed (even if part-time or in an unrelated field), has not been hired within the last two months, and has been looking for a new position for more than 18 months. This person is looking in academic, public, school, and special libraries, archives, and library vendors/service providers, at the following levels: entry level. Here is this person’s experience with internships/volunteering:

120 hours at a youth services department. Some other volunteer work in adult services and technical services. A 6 month paid temporary position working in technical services.

This job hunter is in a suburban area in the Midwestern US and is not willing to move.

What are the top three things you’re looking for in a job?

1) Ability to actually use my degree,
2) Be able to work with kids,
3) Enough pay so I can pay off my debts

Where do you look for open positions?

INALJ, RAILS–the library consortium in my area, occasionally ALA Joblist or the Illinois Library Association website.

Do you expect to see salary range listed in a job ad?

√ Yes, and it’s a red flag when it’s not

What’s your routine for preparing an application packet? How much time do you spend on it?

I usually take one of the several cover letters that I have saved on my computer and adapt it to that particular job. I adjust based on the type of position and highlight different things. Then I double check my resume and cover letter before I send them in. Usually only takes me about 15-20 minutes. If it’s a job I really want I will spend more time on it.

Have you ever stretched the truth, exaggerated, or lied on your resume, or at some other point during the hiring process?

√ No

When would you like employers to contact you?

√ To acknowledge my application
√ To tell me if I have or have not been selected to move on to the interview stage
√ To follow-up after an interview
√ Once the position has been filled, even if it’s not me

How do you prefer to communicate with potential employers?

√ Phone for good news, email for bad news

Which events during the interview/visit are most important to your assessment of the position (i.e. deciding if you want the job)?

√ Tour of facility
√ Meeting department members/potential co-workers

What do you think employers should do to get the best candidates to apply?

Advertise in multiple places

What should employers do to make the hiring process less painful?

Communicate!!!! Seems like your resume and cover letter go into a black hole never to be seen again.

What do you think is the secret to getting hired?

I feel like it’s knowing someone at that particular library. I have been searching for 2 years and still have no idea why I never get picked. It feels so political.

Are you hunting for a new LIS job? Take the survey! http://tinyurl.com/hiringlibJOBHUNTERsurvey

This survey was co-authored by Naomi House from I Need A Library Job – Do you need one? Check it out!

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