For Public Review: Rachael Altman

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

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

This eight page CV was submitted by a job hunter who says,

Attached you will find a CV I have used to apply for academic library positions

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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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Appropriate dress should be discussed in Library Schools

ama interview by Flickr user MaryN1234This anonymous interview is with a public librarian who has been a hiring manager and a member of a hiring or search committee. This librarian works at a library with 50-100 staff members in a City/town  in the Midwestern 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:

√ I do not know and/or care

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:

√ Other: I think putting their best face forward is always a good thing. If they need a little makeup, then do it!

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.

Too MUCH Cleavage! One young, new librarian showed up at an interview with about 5″ of cleavage hanging out…I mean it was horrifying as I kept waiting for one to pop out of her too tight shirt.

Open toe sandals are a deal breaker for me as are flip flops and goes without saying jeans (though I’ve seen them worn). And anything showing off the candidates tattoos – these are too distracting during an interview.

Can you share any stories about how a candidate nailed the proper interview outfit, especially if your organization does not expect suits?

Nice black/dark gray slacks are always acceptable. A professional looking blouse or shirt, PRESSED, works with the slacks and professional, closed toed shoes! I don’t expect suits out of candidates but I do expect some professionalism and respect for the hiring process.

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
√ Arty or more elaborate necklaces, bracelets, or rings
√ Earrings
√ Multiple Ear Piercings

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 a candidate is sloppy, unkempt looking, or too casual, I will automatically move them toward the bottom on the applicants. If a person will show up that way for an interview, I can only imagine what a nightmare they would be to keep on them to dress appropriately for work.

What This Library Wears

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

Slacks, blouse, blazer (if below 90 outside)…closed toe shoes.

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?

√ Other: business casual for management, business formal for executive level and casual for lower level staff

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

√ Flip flops
√ Short skirts/shorts
√ Tank tops

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

√ Name tags
√ Badges

Do you have any other comments?

I think that appropriate dress should be discussed in Library Schools. I know we assume that people working on graduate degrees would know the proper way to dress, but it seems to be a lost art!

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

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For Public Review: Lauren Bourdages

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,

This particular resume has been used for Library Technician level (Canadian equivalent of Parapros) positions at public and school libraries for positions involving childrens/teen services and programming

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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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Serendipity

King Emperor's Hunt in India (LOC)This anonymous interview is with a job hunter who is not 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 a year to 18 months. This person is looking in academic and public libraries, at the following levels: entry level. Here is this person’s experience with internships/volunteering:

i volunteer at an academic library. I’ve created a libguide.

This job hunter is in a suburban area in the Mid-Atlantic US and is willing to move anywhere.

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

experience, income, contentment

Where do you look for open positions?

vbgov.com, val job line

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?

use previous application as guide, 45 mins

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 tell me if I have or have not been selected to move on to the interview stage

How do you prefer to communicate with potential employers?

√ Email

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

√ Meeting department members/potential co-workers

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

contact references

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

explain why you were not selected

What do you think is the secret to getting hired?

serendipity

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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Wearing a jeans and a t-shirt would be about the only thing that would put someone out of the running

interview dress-up for ashley by Flickr user emilyvalenzaThis anonymous interview is with a public librarian who has been a hiring manager. This librarian works at a library with 10-50 staff members in a Suburban area in the Northeastern US 

What Candidates Should Wear

Should the candidate wear a suit to the interview?

√ No way! It shows a lack of understanding about my library and/or the nature of librarianship

An outfit with a coordinated blazer and trousers:

√ Is totally different

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

√ I don’t care

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.

I feel like most people are dressed appropriately when they come in to interview. I think wearing a jeans and a t-shirt would be about the only thing that would put someone out of the running. I’m not a big fan of a suit either as I feel like in the public library at least that a suit is too formal but it would depend on the position. If someone interviewing for a directorship position came in with a suit on it would be ok but if they are interviewing for the children’s librarian position that it would be too much.

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
√ All of the simple necklaces, bracelets, and rings he or she can load on
√ Arty or more elaborate necklaces, bracelets, or rings
√ Nose Ring (nostril)
√ Eyebrow Ring, Monroe piercing, septum piercing, or other face piercing
√ Earrings
√ Multiple Ear Piercings

Which hair colors are acceptable for candidates:

√ All of them, even pink

The way a candidate dresses should:

√ Show personality

What This Library Wears

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

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

√ Flip flops
√ Tank tops
√ Logos/band insignia/slogans

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

Photo: interview dress-up for ashley by Flickr user emilyvalenza

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Network Now. Get out and talk to practitioners.

Public Schools Athletic League (LOC)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:

Catalogers, Liaisons, Collection Development and Supervisors.

This librarian works at a library with 100-200 staff members in an suburban area in the Southern US.

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

√ Depends on the school/Depends on the candidate

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?

√ Library Management
√ Collection Management
√ Digital Collections
√ Research Methods
√ Information Behavior
√ Services to Special Populations
√ Soft Skills (e.g. Communication, Interpersonal Relations)
√ Field Work/Internships

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

How to apply for jobs, Cover Letters, Resumes.

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)?

Cataloging, Budgeting, Circulation, Authority Control, Interlibrary Loan, Software Packages.

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

√ Internship or practicum
√ Professional organization involvement

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

Network now. Get out and talk to practitioners. Get input on your resume.

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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Keeping the cover letter shorter rather than longer.

Hunting with Texas Jim Mitchell and friends in the Florida EvergladesThis 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, public, and special libraries and library vendors/service providers, at the following level: requiring at least two years of experience.

This job hunter is in an urban area in the Midwestern US and is willing to move anywhere.

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

-Full time with health insurance (not those positions that are just under full time employment),
-Professional development support from the institution,
-Opportunities for collaboration with other professionals

Where do you look for open positions?

ALA joblist, Professional listservs, State Library Association websites, LibGig, Library school’s job list

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 spend at least 6 hours preparing an application. First I pull out all of the experience and skill requirements so I can write a cover letter that addresses all of these points. Then I adjust my resume to fit the position and highlight relevant experiences. I try to have my application in as quickly as possible.

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

√ Yes

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?

√ Email

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?

Advertise the job posting outside the system.

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

List the salary on the job posting. Tell the applicant if they were not selected for an interview.

What do you think is the secret to getting hired?

Applying to jobs for which you’re qualified. Keeping the cover letter shorter rather than longer. Being confident and positive during the interview.

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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