For Public Review: Job Hunter JZ

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

This is a CV intended for an Electronic Resources Librarian position at a smallish (2,000 students) liberal arts college.

JZ-2 JZ-3

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3 responses to “For Public Review: Job Hunter JZ

  1. I’m not resume wizard, but my recommendations are:

    – Change Library Experience to just Experience and ditch the Additional Work Experience section.

    – If you can get everything on one page, do it. I might limit your current gig to five bullet points and your next two to three. This should leave room for your Memberships and Publication section on the front page. If not, look into reducing spacing between your section headings and the action info contained within.

    – Maybe add in a thin horizontal line to break up the sections?

    – Change Intern to Library Intern just so it highlights that you worked at a library.


  2. T Vela

    If you’re applying for an E-Resources position, you’ll want to flesh out your current duties and responsibilities a bit more. You have a great start, but more detail would be really useful. For example, you “process serials,” but what does that mean exactly? Is it straight cataloguing? Does it include acquisitions work? Which LM systems are you using? What level of processing do you conduct? You also mention that you collect statistical reports. Do you conduct data analyses? What level of reporting does your library conduct and how is that information used?

    if you decide to go with these suggestions, also consider organizing the sections a little differently. If you’re doing a lot of acquisitions work, make that known and group all aspects of that work with that statement, text block, bullet point, etc. I would also consider organizing your bullets by significance. Something like “coordinating and proctoring exams” may not be a primary function of an E-Resources librarian; if you decide to maintain this language, you may want to list it as your last bullet point.

    Good luck!


  3. indexer33

    I second T Vela’s comments to supply more details. Do you have experience with spreadsheets? I know that our electronic resources librarians spends a lot of time with spreadsheets to manage the budget. Or you may use an Electronic Resource Management system in your current position? If so, let us know.

    Have you worked with vendors in your current position? Vendor relations can be a large part of an e-resources librarian’s work depending on how much your library works through consortium’s.


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