Interview Skills Workshop

On Saturday 22 March, we held our first event of 2014. The Interview Skills Workshop was intended as a follow-up to our CV Workshop of last year and we were very excited by the speakers who had so nicely agreed to give up their Saturday to help information professionals on their first (or next) step on the career ladder. Of course, we should mention that the LAICDG have become quite accustomed to the plush surroundings and wonderful staff at the Pearse Street Library & Archives, and Saturday was no different.

First up was Holly Fawcett, digital marketing manager at Social Talent with some helpful hints for ‘pimping’ your LinkedIn profile.

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Many of us have LinkedIn accounts, but some of the points that Holly addressed, even with regards to the basic aspects of LinkedIn, showed that some people don’t utilise it to its best benefit. Holly reminded us to choose a professional-looking photo (no photos of us on a night out, no ‘selfies’, no photos of your pet), write a keyword-driven headline and include your Twitter handle (if your Twitter account is somewhat respectable, of course).

Holly also reminded us to include examples of continuous professional development or any volunteer work that you do. You can include this in a specific section of your LinkedIn profile (similar to your ‘education’ and ‘employment’ experience). Another area of LinkedIn that we may have neglected (or just never noticed that it existed) was sections such as projects, publications, organisations, and honors & awards. Are you a member of (any) organisation? Were you awarded a prize in college, work or in your community? Were you involved in patents or publications? Did you participate in professional projects? Did you get a great result in college or do you have professional certifications? This isn’t a place for modesty!

Holly’s talk was a revelation to many at the event, as she went beyond these ‘basics’ and explored areas such as adding multimedia to your profile page (such as professional talks that you may have given), creating your own one-click invite link, customising your URL, the importance of your summary, and how to attain the desireable ‘all star’ profile status (hint: you need at least three different jobs listed on your LinkedIn page and over 50 connections). Holly also talked about adding nice little touches to make your page a little bit more appealing to any potential employers who may be looking. One that stood out was linking to the logos of companies that you have worked for in the past. Holly was also adamant about the importance of linking to everyone you know. This is important not just for the networking options (six degrees and all that) but because of that ‘all star’ clause.

Another aspect that struck a chord with many of us was utilising aspects of LinkedIn that many don’t, perhaps because we are unsure whether they are viewed positively by potential employers. Holly stressed the importance of utilising your LinkedIn Recommendations. These can be particularly beneficial if you ask previous employers or colleagues to recommend you in specific aspects that they can be confident you possess. Overall, Holly’s message was to focus on keywords that will show your dedication to a particular area that you are interested in. From talking to the attendees after Holly’s talk, many admitted that they had neglected their LinkedIn profile page. I have a feeling that a lot of us have some homework to do over the next few weeks.

Marie O’Neill, head librarian at Dublin Business School was up next with her talk on ‘Interview tips for the newly qualified or out-of-work librarian’.

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Marie admitted that it was a tough economic climate out there, and that it was specifically tough for the newly qualified librarian or the librarian looking for a new opportunity. Marie’s central point in approaching interviews was to maintain a positive attitude. Of course there are the core problems with many librarians not having the requisite experience and the severe lack of jobs, but Marie was insistant that we should try and look at the posities. Some recruiters want to hire newly-qualified librarians. Newly-qualified librarians might be more enthusiastic, more knowledgeable about exciting and new developments in the information professional field and yes, sad to say, far cheaper than experienced librarians with years of experience. Focusing on this will at least give you a positive attitude in interviews, making yourself far more attractive to your potential employers and potentially meaning a better interview.

Another important point that Marie raised was to take advantage of the free-time that you might have as a newly-qualified librarian, or one that is between jobs, by closing the gap between you and potential competitors for jobs. Take advantage of training opportunities that may arise from being on the dole, build up your CV with voluntary work experience (but the right kind: one that offers valuable experience in a field you are interested in, not simply one that you can put on your CV but teaches you nothing), establish a social media presence (especially on Twitter and LinkedIn), investigate if you can publish in a suitable journal, and participate in professional activities.

A very interesting point that Marie raised was the range of (free!) online courses that you can do towards up-skilling. Marie talking about MOOCs (Massive Open Online Learning Courses). You can find MOOCs on academic writing or management. There are even some specifically related towards those in the information field.

With all that achieved, you should be confident with regards to that forthcoming interview. But the preparation isn’t over yet! Marie noted that we should approach an interview with ‘forensic style research’. This means not just simply looking at the potential employer’s website, but checking out news articles, professional and academic literature, looking at reports that the institution has published, investigating the institution on LinkedIn and find out whether you have any contacts at the organisation. The basics are also important: turn up on time, dress appropriately, smile and be prepared to use a little (genuine) flattery with regards to why you applied for the post. And what about that old conundrum, what to ask when asked for any questions at the end of the interview? Marie was adamant that it is better not to ask anything rather than open up a potential can of worms. Even those examples that are usually offered as positives can be potentially problematic. The interviewee asking about potential employment opportunities might be assessed as somebody not particularly interested in the role for which they are applying. Asking about opportunities for CPD might be problematic if the library is small or under a tight-budget. A simple ‘you provided me with all the necessary information during the interview. Thank you’ can be far more positive.

After our break, Mark Cumiskey from the UCD Careers Office spoke about the myths and realities of interviews. Mark stressed the importance of remaining confident. Never think that they made a mistake in asking you to an interview or that they have a candidate already chosen. If you come prepared, you can impress your interviewers. But how can you achieve that?

Preparation is key. Mark suggested preparing ‘silver bullets’: your key messages that you wish to convey to your interviewers. Know these so you don’t get flustered. In addition to this, conducting research on the organisation interviewing you is essential. And finally, know how an interview tends to be structured. There is usually an introduction and opening questions:

  • Why did you choose to study …. ?

  • What attracted you to this position?

  • What do you think that you would bring to this position?

  • Tell us something interesting?

there will probably be behavioural or situational questions

  • Give me an example of/tell me about a time when … ?

  • STAR: Situation (be specific), Tactic (your plan), Action (that you took), Result (outcome & learning).

  • You can talk about leadership experiences, a time that you may have dealt with a conflict situation, a time that things didn’t go according to plan, or examples of your problem solving style.

as well as work sample or technical questions and possibly hypothetical questions. For these questions, Mark stressed the importance of remaining cool, calm, collected, and reflective.

There is also usually the opportunity to ask your interviewers questions. Mark differed from Marie on this topic and suggested that this was an opportunity to show your ambition or understanding of the organisation that are interviewing you. However, it is important to remain focused. Don’t use this as a means to ‘show off’ or use a ‘clever’ question that you read somewhere will impress your interviewers. Mark suggested to keep these questions focused on the job that you are applying for. For example, you could ask about the organisation’s vision for the future development of the role or the influence of macro/micro factors on the organisation.

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Mark wrapped up with some essential basics. Be well-rested, eat beforehand, arrive on time, be clean and well-presented, be positive (smile!) and sit up straight. When answering questions, remember to listen, reflect, and answer and be clear, concise, and confident while doing so.

After Mark’s talk, we divided the attendees into groups for some group interaction on specific questions that they may have but also to facilitate further discussion about some of the points adressed by those giving the talks. Although I, personally, did not get to hear what Mark discussed with his group, Marie’s points about entrepreneurship within the library profession as well as the need for professional advocacy not simply amongst librarians, but towards different professions, sounded like the beginning of a fascinating debate.

All of us at the LAICDG thoroughly enjoyed the event and would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody who attended. We got some feedback, but we will be sending out questionnaires soon to get some proper feedback. We would also like to thank everybody who participated in live-tweeting (whether they were in attendance or doing it remotely. You can check out our a selection of related tweets from the event here.

 

Interview Skills Workshop

 

 

The LAICDG is proud to announce our forthcoming Interview Skills Workshop.

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The interview can be a daunting experience even for the best of us, especially if we have little first-hand experience. Getting to this stage can seem like a victory in and of itself but it’s important to be prepared. So with that in mind, the LAICDG decided to build upon our CV Workshop of last year and help people with their interview skills.

We are returning to the wonderful Pearse Street Library and Archives on the March 22 from 11 am to 5pm with a fantastic lineup of guest speakers as well as that all-important workshop element where attendees can gain practical advice.

Speakers include Holly Fawcett who will be talking about LinkedIn, Marie O’Neill on interview tips and Mark Cumiskey on the myths and realities of interviews.

This will be a fantastic opportunity on preparing you for that vital stage of getting a job, so booking early is strongly advised .

 

Our First AGM

It’s hard to believe that this time last year, we were just starting off as a group. It’s been an amazing experience and after three events, we found ourselves at our AGM a couple of weeks ago. And a wonderful night it was too!

Gillian Kerins was our guest speaker for the night. Her talk was about committee work and CPD on a budget. I know all of us on the Committee were looking forward to hearing what insights she would have and we weren’t disappointed. What was particularly exciting was the emphasis that Gillian placed on the individual and the varied options that are open to someone who is interested in developing their career. There is no one course that we can take, but as individuals, we can develop our interest of whatever areas are of particular interest to us. This includes getting yourself online, reading a library journal that interests you or even writing a book review for a relevant journal or magazine. There are also more structured resources available, like online courses and interesting exchanges within the library world so you can see what other librarians in different fields are doing. Gillian also touched on areas that some people would rather shy away from: work experience, internships, and volunteering. There was also a special mention for the LAI and the wonderful and varied Committees that are associated with that group. If you are interested in libraries (as I’m sure you are if you’re reading this) then there must surely be at least one group of interest to you.

As always, we tried to accommodate for all of you who couldn’t make it. With that in mind, we set up a specific hashtag (cdgagm2013) on Twitter. Read our tweets from the event here.

Following her talk, there was at least one question in the Q&A that followed that asked for Gillian’s slides (and many more similar questions in the pub afterwards). Gillian was very helpful in supplying a link to her presentation, which you can see here.

The main talking-point of our AGM was the decision of some of our committee members to stand down. With that in mind, we at the LAICDG would like to express our gratitude for all their work over the last year (and those involved in the group before that). None of this would be possible without your hard work. It wasn’t all sad news, however, as we welcomed some new members, who we are looking forward to working with over the next few months in planning some exciting events for next year. As always, stay tuned to this blog for news!

CDG AGM – Bookings Now Open!

What an amazing year! After a number of (if we do say so ourselves) successful events the time has come to gather along with our colleagues and elect some new members at our AGM. And the obligatory (and always fun) socialising.

We thought we would make our AGM even more appealing so we are delighted to announce that Gillian Kerins, from the Institute of Technology Tallaght will be our guest speaker. Gillian will be speaking about the work of the LAI’s Education CPD Committee and how to pursue CPD on a budget and what good value options are out there for information pros.

The AGM will take place in Rathmines Public Library on November 7th at 6pm. The full programme is as follows:

  • 6.00-6.10 pm : Welcome and introduction
  • 6.10-6.40pm : Talk by Gillian Kerins with a Q&A to follow
  • 6.40-6.55pm : Presentation of the Annual Report + Q&A
  • 6.55-7.10 pm : Presentation of the Treasurer’s Report +Q&A
  • 7.10-7.20 pm : New Committee Members
  • 7.20-7.40 pm: AOB & Networking
  • 7.40pm onwards: Social networking in Mother Reillys in Rathmines afterwards

To reserve your place and get further details, visit our Eventbrite page.

As I’m sure many of you will be getting to the AGM from many different places, you can always try the wonderful Hit The Road website. We look forward to seeing you!

The CDG Committee

Celebrating the Centenary of Rathmines Library

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A big birthday cake for Rathmines Library, as it’s celebrating its centenary this month with a number of special events, with the official anniversary celebration taking place on Thursday 24th October in the presence of Dublin City Lord Mayor Cllr. Oisín Quinn. The LAICDG recently held an event in the Rathmines Library and we can attest to it being a wonderful resource in a beautiful building with some fascinating events taking place during the month.

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The programme of events are as follows:

  • OPEN HOUSE Dublin 2013 – Library tours are open on a first-come, first-served basis on Saturday 5th October from 10.00am – 2.00pm.
  • The South Circular Road, Dublin, on the eve of the First World War’, – A book launch and introduction by Dr. Séamas Ó Maitiú and talk by author Catherine Scuffil, MA BBS (Hons) on Tuesday 8th October at 6.30pm.
  • Leinster Bowling Club, 1913 – 2013, a talk by Pat MacDonagh, President Leinster Bowling Club, Observatory Lane, Rathmines on Thursday 10th October at 6.30pm.
  • Andrew Carnegie, The Library Man’ a talk by Brendan Langley, local historian with a long association with the Rathmines, Ranelagh and Rathgar Historical Society on Tuesday 15th October at 6.30pm.
  • Irish Carnegie Libraries, an Architectural History’ a talk by Brendan Grimes, Architect and former lecturer of the School of Architecture, DIT. Wednesday 16th October at 6.30pm.
  • Rathmines Library, 100 years of ideas, knowledge and information’ a talk by Helen O’Donnell, Senior Librarian, Rathmines Library – on Thursday 17th October at 6.30pm.
  • Rathmines Writers’ Workshop and friends, a recital of their own work.
    Saturday 19th October at 2.30pm.
  • The Rathmines and Rathgar Musical Society: 100 Years’ a talk by Nora O’Rourke, Production Secretary of the Society on Monday 21st October, 6.30pm.
  • A History of St. Louis High School, Rathmines: 100 Years.  ‘St. Louis High School, Rathmines, Céad Bliain ag Fás le Chéile’ a talk by Sr. Eilís O’Thiarnaigh on Tuesday 22nd October at 6.30pm.
  • A Sense of Place’, Literary Evening, local authors discuss the locality and how it may have influenced their writing, chaired by Niall MacMonagle. Authors booked to take part are: – Evelyn Conlon, Macdara Woods, Siobhán Parkinson and Fintan Vallely on Wednesday 23rd October, 6.30pm.
  • Hannah and Francis Sheehy Skeffington a Family View’, a talk by Dr. Micheline Sheehy Skeffington, NUI, Galway on Wednesday 30th October at 3.30pm. The related exhibition ‘Hannah and her Sisters’ will be display during October.
  • Rathmines, Ranelagh and Rathgar Historical Society hosts the Rathmines Library Centenary Lecture: ‘The Gaelic League in Dublin in 1913: 20 years a-growing?’ – Dr. Séamas Ó Maitiú, Dublin schoolteacher, lecturer and writer on Thursday 31st October at 8.00pm.

And there’s something for the kids as well:

  • A Presentation to all local schools on the history of Rathmines Library and locality.
  • Short Story Competition marking the centenary year.
  • Brian Gallagher, children’s author, talks about his book Across the Divide which is partly set in the Rathmines area in 1913, the year of the Dublin Lockout and the year the library opened.
  • Children’s Art in Libraries Autumn programme.

Full details on the Library and its events are here. All events require booking in advance so do contact the Library.

Library contact details are: T. 01 4973539 or email rathmineslibrary@dublincity.ie

Hope you enjoy!

Going abroad for library experience

The problems that LIS graduates face as they step onto the conveyor-belt of job-hunting can come down to the facts that there are few employment opportunities in the LIS sector out there and of the ones that are, many are unpaid internships, volunteer opportunities or JobBridge schemes. Unpaid opportunities may be essential these days to develop necessary experience but they are unpaid all the same and thus untenable unless you can already support yourself in some way, such as by living at home. One can hardly move to a new town for an unpaid internship, even if the alternative is more sitting-at-home.

These are common complaints amongst each new crop of LIS graduates. But this unhappy situation is unlikely to change anytime soon, with libraries and similar institutions too strapped for cash to take on employees on long-term contracts. We must either continue with the situation as it is and hope the conveyor-belt takes us to work we can or want to do, or look to alternative ways.

Among the latter could well be contracts that last for a matter of months, if not weeks. I speak from personal experience on the pros and cons of such an arrangement. While it has been rewarding, it has also been challenging, and I hope that my sharing of such experience will help others with any of their own, as well as raising its possibility to others who may not yet have considered such a thing.

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In mid-July I was offered a temporary contract working as a cataloguer for the Higher Education Academy in York. The initial offer was for six weeks, then it was for five weeks – making it from the last week of July to the 1st of August – but the basic principle remained. While York is not a huge distance from my native Dublin, it was a city I had only visited once before years ago on a weekend and barely remembered it. It would be, for practical purposes, a strange city.
The shortness of the contract was also a matter of concern in terms of accommodation. After all, landlords prefer contracts for a lengthy period of time – more money and less hassle of having to find a new tenant all the time. For cities with a large student population like York, nine months is a standard length of contract offered by landlords to take into account semester times. A month-long contract falls far short of that norm. This required investigating alternative means of accommodation such as Bed and Breakfasts and student accommodation.
Although the cataloguing work went well, as August went by, it was increasingly obvious that the workload would not be complete. Despite the workload being shared between a team of three, the original estimate of five weeks had proven to be a touch optimistic. I decided to assume that the new extension would amount in time to a month more all the same, and I would continue to flat-hunt on that basis. That is, if I could find one. 
The disadvantages – or challenges – of short-term contract work are numerous. Moving to another place for however brief a time would also be far harder for someone with dependants and without some other arrangement in place. 
Entering another country in the first place can be another challenge. Luckily for me here, Ireland and the UK have the Common Travel Area between them, meaning I could enter the former without problem, history having a certain cyclical nature given the number of Irish seasonal workers from Ireland in the 19th century Yorkshire agricultural industry (thank you, Yorkshire Museum! With countries that enforce entry requirements such as the USA and Canada (the traditional retreats for the unemployed Irish in days gone past), such temporary contracts would be harder. 
For how much longer my work at the HEA will continue I cannot say. It may be a matter of weeks more or longer. That uncertainty is something I cannot do much. Nonetheless, I have already gained from the whole experience, not just in wages.

      Daniel Murray

September 2013

Join the CDG Committee

Following on from a great CV Event, we are delighted to announce that the 2013 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Career Development Group of the LAI will take place near the end of October. We will be announcing more details on speakers and times at a later date so keep a good watch on our Twitter feed and blog. In the meantime, we are calling on members to get your nomination forms in and join the CDG Committee.

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The AGM is a valuable opportunity to learn about the work that the Committee has been undertaking on your behalf over the last twelve months, and to hear reports from each of the Committee Officers. We hope as manny people as possible can attend as this is both an AGM and a networking event so looking forward to seeing you there!

CDG Committee 2013-2014

In accordance with the CDG’s established Rules & Procedures, the term of the current committee comes to an end in October 2013. Expressions of interest are now being sought from Career Development Group members to become Committee Members for the 2013-2014 term. Closing date for expressions of interest is 5pm October 1st 2013.

The Secretary of the CDG will provide details about the level of commitment required and the election process; if after takling with the Secretary you wish to be considered for Committee membership, nomination forms will be made available via email. The closing date for nomination forms is 5pm 15th of October 2013

The Career Development Group Committee is an active and dynamic group. If you are energetic and committed to the continued career development of information professionals we invite you to consider putting yourself forward for the Committee. You will be actively involved in developing a proactive approach to employment in libraries through the discussion of issues such as career development, CV and interview tips, alternative funding models for job creation, non-traditional work opportunities. This will be done through formal and informal events, talks and joint training with other LAI groups and committees. For an idea of what we do, check out our Open DayLibrary Camp and our CV Talk and Workshop.

The Committee meets approximately 10-12 times each year, the time of meetings to be decided by the new Committee. Each nominee will require a proposer and a seconder. The nominee must be a current member of the Career Development Group, the proposer and seconder must be current members of the Library Association of Ireland. Expressions of interest may be made directly to the current CDG Committee. Looking forward to hearing from you all!

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and on Facebook. For more information on the CDG’s Rules and Procedures, click here

CV and cover letter talk and workshop recap

For our third event, we decided to get back to basics. This seemed particularly relevant with students finishing their exams, as well as the sense that there were at least some jobs being offered, albeit mainly contract work. How to inspire those new to the profession as well as those currently eyeing these jobs? It can be soul destroying to see jobs being advertised but not getting called to an interview. The first thing people have to do is to work on their CV and their cover letter. So the LAICDG decided to organise an event to help these people to get past the first hurdle: getting yourself noticed amongst the slush pile.

What we wanted in this event was for the attendees to be able to hear from people who had been on both sides of the fence, i.e, people who had spent time looking for jobs as well as people who had been on interviewing panels. We were very impressed by the quality of the speakers who gave up their valuable time and were so informative and very entertaining as well. We managed to get a space in the beautiful Rathmines Public Library, which is a wonderful example of a library at the centre of a community as well having some fabulously helpful staff.

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Jane Burns, the wonderfully inspiring information professional from the Royal College of Surgeons was the first of our speakers. Jane wanted to give a behind the scenes look at the selection and interviewing process as well as providing some helpful hints that those applying can utilise. They may seem obvious, but there were many nodding heads when Jane went through this list. Examples include trying to find out exactly who you’re sending your application to, the right title of the role that you’re applying for, and the importance of reading through the entire job spec. Jane emphasised that there are clues in seemingly irrelevant parts of the description. Understanding the role is essential as it helps you to know what the employer wants and whether you can actually do the job. This can be helpful as it can determine what jobs you should actually apply for. Jane noted that rejection can, of course, be somewhat soul-destroying, so applying for realistic jobs is very important.

Jane also gave practical advice on how librarians should tailor their CVs for each particular role. Again, this is something that we can forget about, especially if we’re sending our CV in to a large number of organisations. This, of course, also applies to our cover letters. A useful tip was to copy and paste the job spec in to tagxedo.com and then look at those words that are jumping out at you. Can you do what they are asking you to do?

Another useful tip was the importance of keeping your options open to alternative library careers. This helps to keep us motivated and even if the job is quite far removed from the library world, Jane suggested that there were options to keep you in the library world (like writing for the blog of the LAICDG). Jane suggested creating a table with words from the job spec on the left-hand side and writing two examples of how your own experience matches what the employer is looking for. Download Jane’s presentation here.

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Hugh Murphy, from NUIM is always a welcome presence at library events, whether as a speaker or attendee. Hugh’s talk (Interviews, Retina Scans and the Failings of Telepathy) was light-hearted and funny, but offered some valuable tips for those of us in attendance.

Hugh acknowledged the truth about interviews: they are random and the job can be given to someone who happens to impress on the day. Knowing this can give the applicant an advantage. Firstly, the basics (again, you can never overstate the basics). So, dress appropriately, be polite, be punctual (this was one he emphasised as particularly important), don’t supply any handwritten documentation, be positive, ask a (relevant) question, and be prepared to challenge the interviewer(s) if you disagree with a statement or have an alternative view. Given that interviews can be random, if you are not successful always ask for feedback. Hugh also reminded us that while the interview is random for the applicant, it will also be random for the interviewer. Download Hugh’s presentation here.

Our last speaker was Mark Cumisky, from UCD Career Development Centre. Mark started off with a story of what not to do in an interview. The moral of that story was not to lie about anything, whether your experience or your appearance, because if you are to do this, what else are you lying about?

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Mark suggested that we take his 3 Rs advice regarding both CV and cover letter: recent, relevant, and readable. Mark also stressed the importance of knowing everything possible about the role that you are applying for: what is it? Where does it fit into the organisation? Who did it previously? This knowledge should be applied to the organisation as well. What is its size, culture, history, reputation, and its pre-eminence (or lack thereof)? Mark also suggested that you should really ‘know’ about yourself too, even going so far as to ask an outside opinion regarding yourself. What are your skills, your experience, motivations, aspirations, ambitions, and your values? Going over this before the interview will help you to be aware of your answers during the interview process so that you seem prepared and relaxed. It is also important to tie in this knowledge of yourself with your knowledge of the organisation and the job.

Mark also gave some constructive suggestions for cover letters. Sometimes cover letters can terrify the applicant but also sometimes an applicant can be of the opinion that they have such a perfect cover letter that they can’t bear to alter it, regardless of the job. So, how should we write a cover letter? Tailoring, again, is the key. For the introduction, however, it is necessary to include the basics: who are you and where did you see the job advertisement? Next you should discuss what you can do for the organisation that you are applying for. So, state the relevance of your skills and include some examples. Show your enthusiasm, ambition, drive, and energy for the job that you are applying for. Next you should discuss why you are interested in working for the organisation. Here is where you show your knowledge of the profession, specifically your knowledge of the strengths and positives of the organisation within the profession in general. Download Mark’s presentation here.

After the speakers had finished, we organised the groups into loose ‘workshops’ to discuss actual sample job advertisements as well as given attendees the opportunity to discuss particular problems or issues that they had. The speakers would then rotate around the groups so everybody could get a chance to talk to each speaker. Time, as always, was a limiting factor, so the rotation didn’t work out quite as well as we had hoped, but there was always time for people to continue at the networking event that we had organised just down the road in Rody Bolands. Although some couldn’t make this part of the event, there were some interesting discussions held late into the night. Surprisingly, a lot of these discussions still revolved around libraries and job applications!Image

Overall, we were very happy with the event. A special thanks must be (re-)issued to the speakers, all of whom gave great talks mixed with humour and practical advice and were always ready with the personal touch for all of those attending. We are compiling your feedback (if you haven’t given yours yet, please do!) but overall the event seems to have been met with an enthusiastic response, which mirrors what a lot of you said on the day. We also have fond memories of the odd little toys that Jane brought as a conversation starter.Image

Don’t forget to check out the Tweet Archive of the event and, as always, keep an eye on this blog for news of future events and exciting developments in the world of the LAICDG.

CV Talk & Workshop

CV Event FlyerWe all know it’s tough out there for those of us looking for a job or trying to improve our career credentials. A lot of those problems are associated with things outside of our control: too few jobs and too many applicants. So what can we do? We need to focus on those elements of job selection that we have control over, namely our CV and cover letter. It is too often the case that people fail to tailor their CV for a job application or don’t make the best of the CV layout to display their skills and experience.

With that in mind, the LAICDG is proud to announce an informal CV Talk & Workshop. The aim of the talk is to get future librarians and those wishing to further their career opportunities to hear from people in the industry about what should be included in CVs and cover letters.

Guest speakers include:

  • Jane Burns from the Royal College of Surgeons;
  • Hugh Murphy from NUIM; and
  • a speaker from the UCD Careers Office.

After the talk there will be a workshop where attendees can gain practical experience about what employers are looking for when they announce that they are hiring. Attendees will form into groups and discuss real job adverts in the library world assisted by experienced professionals who will hold informal discussions with the attendees and offer advice based on their real work experience. Speakers will be joined by Kathryn Smith of TCD for the workshop.

Afterwards we will have the traditional informal ‘networking’ (or socialising with librarians in a pub!) in Rody Bolands. We have a space reserved for attendees of the event which will be available at 5pm.

As always, we will be encouraging the use of Twitter during the event. Our hashtag for the event is #cdgcv2013

imagesIf this sounds like just the thing you need to gain confidence in your job applications then you will want to be at Rathmines Public Library on Saturday, the 7th of September. And it’s free! With this in mind, and as this will be a small, informal event, spaces are strictly limited so email as soon as possible to avoid dissapointment! Our contact address is laicareerdevelopment [at] gmail.com