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Responding to Selection Criteria

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Responding to Selection Criteria

  1. 1. Addressing Selection Criteria in public library jobs Six rules for success Hugh Rundle City of Boroondara Library Service
  2. 2. The first rule of applying for jobs with selection criteria is that you must address the selection criteria in your application.
  3. 3. The second rule of applying for jobs with selection criteria is that you must address the selection criteria in your application.
  4. 4. The third rule of applying for jobs with selection criteria is that you must address ALL the selection criteria in your application.
  5. 5. The fourth rule of applying for jobs with selection criteria is that addressing them is necessary but not sufficient.
  6. 6. The fifth rule of applying for jobs with selection criteria is that all criteria are key, but some criteria are more key than others.
  7. 7. The sixth rule of applying for jobs with selection criteria is you need to use them as a way to tell your story.
  8. 8. Example 1(Zenith) Extensive knowledge of integrated library systems and web technology issues in public libraries Knowledge of trends in library systems and information technology, including social and interactive media tools High level analytical and problem solving skills Excellent training, presentation and communication skills and the ability to communicate technical concepts at an appropriate level to your audience Proven ability to manage projects and meet deadlines Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a rapidly changing environment Knowledge of Libero, RFID, Web 2.0, web design and ideally Crystal Reporting You have tertiary qualifications and are eligible for professional membership of ALIA.
  9. 9. Example 2 (One Umbrella) Minimum 3-5 years of experience within similar roles Qualifications in Library Information Sciences and eligible for professional membership of ALIA Highly developed computer skills, including hardware and software troubleshooting skills Proven ability to plan, implement and manage complex projects, meet deadlines, and to prioritize work Previous experience training staff and users on library systems and other technologies Current Class C Drivers Licence
  10. 10. Example 3 (CoB) Tertiary qualification which confers eligibility for professional membership of the Australian Library and Information Association Library experience, preferably in a public library Effective written and oral communication skills Ability to supervise, organise and direct other staff Familiarity with and/or knowledge of relevant other language(s) and culture(s) and an awareness of the diversity of the community.
  11. 11. e: hugh@hughrundle.net t: @hughrundle w: hughrundle.net

Editor's Notes

  • *My background – Officer, YS Lib, Info Lib, Systems Lib, Info & Kew TL*State of the industry – great uncertainty both in terms of funding and in terms of what our role and expectations will be>we’re looking for flexible people with transferable skills and great customer service>some libraries will be battening down the hatches and want staff who need minimal training
  • If you don’t address the selection criteria, it doesn’t matter how wonderful the rest of your application looks – we won’t consider you.
  • *Selection Criteria exist to make it easier for me to select who I want to interview.*If you don't address them you will be immediately discarded.*The make the selection process fairer because all candidates are being assessed against the same expectations.*it's your first test – can you follow instructions?
  • *If you miss one, we'll notice!*If you don't have the particular skill, experience or qualification, how will you compensate for that?(enrol in training course, have similar experience etc)*I don't care where you got your skill or experience – paid job, volunteer work, Boy Scouts, political party campaign, family holiday...
  • *make sure you read the entire PD*what sort of person are they looking for?*what values are important to them? (does the 'value statement' match the selection criteria?)*Can you show that you have the skills and attitude they are looking for in your selection criteria answers?*How will you differentiate yourself from the other candidates who meet the KSC?
  • *Terminology: Essential, desirable, preferred, proven, demonstrated*What are they really saying?*What isnot in the selection criteria?
  • *Don’t just use them as a tick-the-box proof you can do the job – we won’t shortlist anyone who doesn’t meet the KSC*What is it about your particular mix of skills and life experiences that make you uniquely the best fit for this job?
  • The key here is the knowledge of integrated library systems and web technologies in public libraries (KSC1) and the demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively in a rapidly changing environment. Nearly everything else is a function of those two criteria.
  • *This gives you less to go on, and looks like the PD hasn’t been updated in recent times. You might need to scrutinise the rest of the PD and have a look at the library’s website and if possible visit, to get a sense of what they are looking for.*Three of the KSC here are about qualifications rather than skills – if you have these qualifications you still need to look for an indication elsewhere of the sorts of skills and attributes they are looking for.*This organisation is probably fairly traditional and playing it safe re staffing.
  • *This is even vaguer, and is more like what you’d expect to see in most entry level positions – generally the more senior the role, the more KSC there are.*It is even more important to consider the rest of the PD and the context of the job and the library service when applying for a position with KSC like this.*Consider what a KSC like the last one is really asking, and why it might be there.
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