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Resume and cover letter writing workshop

Resume and cover letter writing workshop



This online workshop was conducted by Mary Krautter, Head of Reference, and Nancy Ryckman, Assistant Head of Reference at Jackson Library UNCG for LIS students on 10/1/10

This online workshop was conducted by Mary Krautter, Head of Reference, and Nancy Ryckman, Assistant Head of Reference at Jackson Library UNCG for LIS students on 10/1/10



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    • Resumes and Cover Letters: Creating Your BEST Impression
      Mary Krautter and Nancy Ryckman
      Reference and Instructional Services
      Beth Filar-Williams, Distance Education
      University Libraries
      University of North Carolina at Greensboro
    • General tips with job ads
      Apply only for jobs if you meet all or a very high percentage of the required qualifications.
      If you meet some of the preferred qualifications, consider applying.
      Look for key words, phrases, and sentences emphasizing the employers’ major strengths, initiatives, etc. Do these match your interests and strengths?
      Consider the community or institution climate – will you be a good fit?
    • And what’s not in the ad!
      Go to the institution website and look at the organizational structure and other information
      Check the local newspaper online – particularly if there are recent stories about budgets
    • Ad for Academic Library Coordinator and Librarian for Humanities Collections
      The University of Pennsylvania Libraries offer an exciting leadership opportunity to shape the future development of scholarly resources and collections in support of the humanities.  The Libraries seek an experienced and innovative individual skilled at conceptualizing and implementing collection development and management activities across a large, complex, and rapidly changing information landscape.
      The Penn Libraries include fifteen libraries and an off-site Heritage Collection Center.  System-wide scholarly resources number over 5.9 million books, 44,000 current serials (of which 16,000 are e-journals) and 700 databases.  The library is a leader in the development of digital library services and collections and is aggressively experimenting with and adopting new technology in research and teaching, including courseware. 
      Responsibilities include:
      Coordinating the collection development and management responsibilities of other humanities subject specialists, including the determination of their budgets, totaling more than $2.5M in support of Art and Architecture, Cinema Studies, Classics, Comparative Literature, English, French, German, History, Italian, Medieval Studies, Music, Philosophy, Religious Studies, and Spanish. 
      Along with four other Collection Coordinators (Area Studies, Social Sciences, Engineering & Physical Sciences, and Health Sciences), who form the Collection Development Council, advising the Director of Collection Development & Management about the scholarly resource needs of Penn constituents.
    • Ad for Academic Library Coordinator and Librarian for Humanities Collection (continued)
      Acquiring scholarly resources in all formats and serving as an academic liaison primarily for graduate students and faculty in selected humanities departments with responsibility for advanced research consultation and instruction.  
      Determining the optimal housing, location, and preservation triage for relevant humanities collections and designating materials for transfer to the High Density Library.
      Monitoring trends in publishing and digital scholarship in the humanities to maximize and further develop the Libraries involvement in strategic initiatives on campus and beyond. 
      In collaboration with the Libraries’ Office of Development & External Affairs, creating effective stewardship relations with donors.
      Graduate degree in the humanities and Master’s in Library Science or the equivalent combination in experience, training, and practice is required. Proficiency in at least two European languages, including French, German, Greek, Italian, or Latin.  The successful candidate should haveat least 5 years of experience in an academic or research institution; demonstrated knowledge of scholarly research resources, disciplinary issues and publishing trends in the humanities; evidence of innovative approaches to collection development, management and assessment; demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and effectively within a collegial framework within and outside of the libraries; excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills; strong analytical and decision-making skills.  Successful candidates should have demonstrable leadership and managerial skills. 
    • Small College LibraryLibrarian—Library Learning Resource Center (part-time)
      Responsible for performing duties associated with acquisitions, periodicals, circulation, reference desk duties, collection, catalogue processing, audio-visual coordination and reserve and faculty services. This is a professional position which reports to the Library Director. Extensive knowledge of library media operations and computer knowledge is essential. Will have considerable contact with faculty, students, and the general public. Duties include, but are not limited to, searching bibliographic data, ordering and budgeting periodical material (including microfilm), maintaining library procedures, selecting and maintaining reference collection, cataloging, classifying and processing materials; and supervising clerical, student assistants and other library personnel as required.   Education / Qualifications: Bachelor's degree required. Minimum of one year related experience required. LINCC or similar online library database knowledge required. Lead worker or indirect supervisory experience required. MARC Records knowledge required. Must have the ability to use various internet browsers to perform research. Detail oriented, good verbal and written communication skills, good internal and external customer service skills, good leadership skills, multi-tasking skills, organized and good time management skills are all required.  
      MS Word, Excel, Outlook and Mainframe Database are required.
      Master's degree in Library Science preferred. Teaching experience preferred.  
    • Small Public Library
      DATE ENTERED: January 12, 2010
      POSITION: Public Service Coordinator
      LOCATION: The Washington County Public Library -- Abingdon, VA
      DESCRIPTION: Public Service Coordinator: Put your experience and enthusiasm for providing outstanding customer oriented library service to use in a vibrant rural setting in the Appalachian Mountains. The Washington County Public Library, in Abingdon Virginia, has an opening for the position of Public Service Coordinator. Reporting to the library director, the Public Service Coordinator will join a staff of three other professional librarians who manage a library system that is experiencing record levels of activity. The library system is in the initials stages of two building projects, webpage design and restructuring of branch and outreach services. The Public Service Coordinator will assume a vital role in moving the library to the next generation of library service. This professional, managerial and supervisory position is responsible for the development and administration of public services for the library system with an emphasis on adult services, branch and outreach operations, and circulation services. Other duties include marketing and promotion of services, programming and community relations. Experience with social marketing would make a candidate even more appealing.
      REQUIREMENTS: Include, but are not limited to, proven aptitude in professional library setting, at least three years demonstrated supervisory skills and an MLS from an ALA accredited library school.
      SALARY: Salary Range is $32,000 to $45,000 – negotiable based on previous work experience
      WCPL is located in the highlands of southwest Virginia, a region which is nationally recognized for its animal and plant diversity. There is ready access to many outdoor and cultural activities and direct access to interstate highways. The main library is located in the historic town of Abingdon, population, 9,000, home to an equity theatre, arts center, recreation facility and many other attractive features. USA Today ranks Abingdon as one of the Best Art Towns and Best Places to Retire. WCPL prides itself on a strong commitment to customer service and is dedicated to meet the needs of culturally diverse population. Visit our webpage for more information about our library system www.wcpl.net
      TO APPLY: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Submit letter of application and resume, to Administrative Assistant, Washington County Public Library, 205 Oak Hill Street, Abingdon, VA 24210. You may also email your application to dlester@wcpl.net.
    • What qualities do I have?
      How much library experience? Kinds? (ref, catalog, academic, public)
      Teaching and presentations?
      Technology skills?
      Personality traits
      Demonstrated leadership
      Positive attitude, enthusiasm
      Communication skills
      How much managerial experience?
      Transferable skills include supervising people, budgeting, project management, training, coordinating, organizing
    • General tips for potential contacts
      Make sure your contact information is current and accurate so employers can easily reach you.
      Your phone message should be professional. Check messages frequently.
      If you’re giving a home phone as your contact, be sure that anyone answering the phone will be courteous and will take messages accurately.
      Use a professional sounding email address, not something like luvcats@triad.rr.com
    • General tips for documents
      Spelling, punctuation, and grammar are important in ALL documents.
      Careless mistakes on a resume are a very negative signal to a potential employer
      Have someone else proofread everything – spell check can miss major errors
      Avoid long strings of capital letters for addresses, emails.
      Avoid acronyms or jargon that might not be familiar.
    • Tips on Preparing a Resume or CV (continued)  
      Objectives – often used, but rarely effective.
      Work Experience
      Each job should have the month and year it started and ended.
      Concentrate on skills and accomplishments – avoid lists of duties.
      Indicate the kinds of businesses you worked for and how they benefited from your skills and talents.
      Show duties/skills/accomplishments that will translate to libraries and appeal to library employers.
      Use “power” or “action” verbs—facilitated, collaborated, designed, created, analyzed, etc.
    • Tips on Preparing a Resume or CV
      In indicating computer expertise, specify the program and how it was used.
      Eliminate clerical-sounding items and focus on the duties that involved more responsibility.
      Mention any supervisory experience.
      Provide any examples of teamwork.
      For each job put the most library-relevant items or those duties that are most complex/responsible/etc. first in the job description.
      List the most recent positions held plus any earlier ones that relate to librarianship. Omit irrelevant positions.
      In most cases, omit volunteer work unless it is library-related.
      In describing duties, for past jobs use past tense verbs. For current jobs use present tense verbs
    • Tips on Preparing a Resume or CV (continued)
      Show the highest degree first
      Spell out the full name of the school and give the location unless it is part of the name
      List scholarships, awards, and honorary societies in this section but not social fraternities or sororities
      Include the year for each of the degrees
      Make sure that the purpose of the committee is clear.
      What did the committee(s) accomplish and what was your role?
       Professional Memberships
      List if library related
      List other organizations if you had leadership roles
      Include the title, full name of the conference or sponsoring organization, place and date of presentation, and if it isn’t obvious from the title, a very short sentence on its content
    • Go Beyond a list of duties
      Branch Manager, Anytown Public Library. January 2005-November 2009.
      Supervised branch library with 5 fulltime employees.
    • Add accomplishments!
      Supervised branch library with 5 fulltime employees.
      Under my supervision, annual circulation increased from 59,000 in 2005 to 100,000 in 2009.
      Number of community programs increased from 15 annually (2005) to 30 annually (2009).
    • Tips for Preparing a Cover Letter
      Spelling, punctuation, and grammar are important. Use good English.
      Inside address and salutation: check for the correct name and job title.
      Salutation: begin Dear Mr. Smith… not Mr. Smith...
      First paragraph: include the job position and the location of the ad.
      Consider leading with an opening sentence that is a little different. e.g. “I am excited about the possibility of using my reference skills as a science librarian at the U…”
      Convey a sense of enthusiasm and confidence throughout the letter but don’t brag.
      Begin each paragraph with a sentence that gives the overall topic of that paragraph. Avoid long lists of accomplishments in single paragraphs. 
    • Tips for Preparing a Cover Letter (continued)
      --The order of the paragraphs should somewhat reflect the order of the requirements requested in the ad. Address how your skills and experience fit each requirement.
       --Emphasize what you learned from your work experience and how that connects to their job responsibilities.
       -- Look at their web pages then tie your expertise to services or resources available in the advertiser’s library. e.g.
      “At UNCG I helped users choose and navigate the appropriate databases from over 400 that were available on a wide range of subjects. Many of these resources use search platforms identical or similar to those available through (advertiser’s library name) Library so I would feel quite comfortable making the transition to your reference department.”
      --Most job ads specify good communication skills, especially if teaching is involved. The cover letter will illustrate your writing skills; the text should mention your oral skills. Discuss any teaching or training experience.
      --If appropriate, mention why you are interested in moving to the new city or state.
      --Read the finished letter out loud to catch obvious errors.
    • Questions?
      We’ll also be glad to answer individual questions via email.
      Mary Krautter mmkrautt@uncg.edu
      Nancy Ryckman nancy_ryckman@uncg.edu
    • Useful Websites
      ARL Career Resources http://www.arl.org/resources/careers/index.shtml
      Library Job Postings on the Internet http://www.libraryjobpostings.org/
      LisJobs –detailed advice on all aspects of the job search process http://www.lisjobs.com/
    • Professional Presence WorkshopSponsored by the North Carolina Chapter of Special Libraries Association
      October 22nd, 2010 from 12:00 – 4:00. To register, go to: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FLLDGMK
      Center for Creative Leadership, One Leadership Place, Greensboro, NC
      Driving Directions available at; http://www.ccl.org/leadership/capabilities/greensboro/index.aspx
      Learn how to improve your online and workplace professional presence
      How do you create a professional image?  Presenting yourself successfully in person and online is essential to achieving your career goals.  Our speakers will discuss the elements that will help you to create a presence that will enhance your profile with prospective employers and colleagues.
       Speakers will include:   
      Kathy Schaftlein, Senior Learning & Development Manager, Center for Creative Leadership, Greensboro, NC. Kathy manages the Center’s employee benefits and serves as the HR Compliance and Privacy Officer. Additionally, Kathy is involved in the Center's internal learning and development initiatives to support employee development. Prior to joining CCL she worked in Human Resources Development roles in the retail and financial services industry.
      Mike Crumpton, Assistant Dean for Administrative Services at the University Libraries of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  Mike's areas of responsibility at the Libraries include personnel management.  He has a background as a manager with Barnes and Noble Bookstores and has also been a community college library director. 
      We will also have a personal style representative from Nordstrom in Durham who will discuss how clothing style and personal appearance contribute to creating a professional image.
        Lunch will be provided as we network and exchange business cards. Registration fee: $15.00 NC Chapter of SLA members; $10.00 students; Guests and non-members $20.00. For more information contact Mary Krautter at mmkrautt@uncg.edu or 336-256-0274 or Mary Lane at mlane@lortobco.com or 336-335-6896