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SILS Job Search Workshop

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Presentation for SILS students led by Diane Harvey and Emily Daly, Sept 2011

Presentation for SILS students led by Diane Harvey and Emily Daly, Sept 2011

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  • 1. Diane Harvey and Emily DalyDuke University Libraries, Instruction & Outreach
  • 2. » After today, you will be able to…» describe the search process» interpret a job ad» add key info to your resume» craft an engaging and informative cover letter
  • 3. » Step one: Be familiar with the process» Sequence: application -> phone/Skype interview -> on-site interview -> reference checks -> offer -> negotiation -> acceptance!» Interviewing tips» Search committee composition (4-6 library staff)» Length of process (6 weeks to 4 months or longer)» Following directions – go through Human Resources!
  • 4. » Step two: Interpret the job ad
  • 5. » Step Three: Craft a resume that…» is polished, visually appealing and easily read» addresses key points in the job ad (e.g. tech skills)» includes your Master’s paper research» accounts for your time spent since undergrad» includes your professional engagement» exceeds one page, as necessary
  • 6. » Step Four: Draft a cover letter that…» is enthusiastic» addresses job requirements» doesn’t dwell on experience and skills you don’t have» shows that you did your homework/is institution specific» includes a ‘research agenda’ if necessary» exceeds one page if necessary
  • 7. » Step Five: Prepare for your interview» Do your homework» Follow directions» Practice, practice, practice!» Maintain positive attitude and high energy» Send thank you notes (email or snail mail)
  • 8. » Questions?» Diane Harvey | diane.harvey@duke.edu | 613.6836» Emily Daly | emily.daly@duke.edu | 660.5879

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