Presentation on theme: "Creating an Effective Resume Library Association of Brevard"— Presentation transcript:
1 Creating an Effective Resume Library Association of Brevard Presented by:Dona GaynorDirector, Career Management Services
2 Overview Purpose of a resume Resume vs CV Preparing to write your resumeResume content areasResume formatWhat to include and excludeCover letters
3 A resume gets you the interview so you can get the job! What is a Resume?Necessary to apply for jobsSummary of education, skills, experience and accomplishmentsIntroduction to the employerSelf marketing toolA resume gets you the interview so you can get the job!
4 Resume vs CV? Resume CV – Curriculum Vitae Summary of qualifications Concise – usually no more than 1-2 pages, 3 at mostUsed to apply for corporate library positions, public schools and libraries and for non-faculty positions at universitiesCV – Curriculum VitaeCourse of Life – a more detailed and complete history of your education, career, volunteer and professional activitiesCan be any lengthUsed to apply for academic and research library positions
5 Preparing to Write Your Resume Conduct self-assessmentWhy do you need a resume?What is your geographic preference?What is your industry preference?What is your job preference?
6 Preparing to Write Your Resume Conduct Self AssessmentOutline experience, skills, and abilitiesWrite down all your jobs, volunteer work, involvement in professional associations, etc.Focus on accomplishments, achievements, success storiesTry to provide concrete, quantifiable data when possibleConduct research on available opportunities and review qualificationsFind matches between your skills and interests and available
8 Resume Content – Basic Sections Contact InformationProfessional Summary or ObjectiveProfessional ExperienceSkills – technology, language, “soft” skillsEducationProfessional AffiliationsVolunteer or Community Service
9 Professional SummaryA section at the beginning of your resume used to summarize your experience, skills, and special qualifications targeted to the positionCan be one paragraph or a series of bulleted statementsFocus on the key qualifications of the job – keywords!Most appropriate for experienced individuals or those who are transitioning careers
10 Professional Summary Sample Assist in the planning, implementation, coordination, evaluation and promotion of the library’s instructional and information competency programs.Provide direction to library staff and students.Collaborate with other faculty to increase students’ knowledge of library resources.Experience in providing reference service and bibliographic instruction in an academic environment, including teaching library research strategies and presenting workshops.Strong interest in developing information competency/literacy programs.
11 Professional Summary Sample Librarian and Information Specialist with concentrated studies in reference & user services and information science & technology.Seasoned information analyst with 20 years of experience in IT and accounting environments.Skilled in research, Internet searching, database tools, instruction, fact checking, and user-centered design.Detail oriented with the ability to work independently or as part of a team, and to deliver on time.Dedicated to information literacy and life-long learning through library services and community collaboration.
12 Experience Resumes List in reverse chronological order Include only most recent and most relevant if you have a lot of experienceBulleted lists that begin with action words and are not complete sentencesFocus on achievements and accomplishments, not just job descriptions
13 ExperienceCVList most recent/relevant experience section first and then list descriptions within the section in reverse chronological orderInclude all experiencesFocus on activities and experiences that advance the professionCan be listed in paragraph format with more complete descriptions
14 Experience Sample for Online Reference Librarian: Locate and communicate information, articles, and books to adults, professionals, children, teens, and college students within a real-time 24/7 chat environment.Conduct online reference interviews using strategies that result in connecting customers with reliable sources best fitting their research, homework, and life-long learning information needs.Access information using advanced online search techniques, Internet sites, and research databases; and educating information-seekers with adhoc tips and on-screen instruction for independent research.Evaluate information sources for authority and appropriateness, working under limited time constraints, and helping users of varying knowledge levels and computer abilities.Research and create topical pathfinders and research guides in response to reference inquiries requiring a broader or deeper selection of information source recommendations.
15 Experience Sample for School Librarian: Supervise OCS library maintaining and developing the library collection and facilities.Administer a library literature and skills curriculum, collaborating with teachers on school & library activities, supervising library personnel & volunteers, research & purchasing of library acquisitions, collection development, & budget management.Work collaboratively with other faculty in developing bibliographic instruction programs across the curriculum.
16 Other Content AreasList other sections in order of importance or relevance to the positionEducation: List in reverse chronological order with most recent degree firstSkills: A technology skills section may be very important for technical librarian positions and should be prominent and possibly listed before experienceProfessional Affiliations: Don’t forget to include accomplishments, achievements and awards
17 Online Resumes Resumes submitted through online applications process Selections are often made by keyword searches from electronic applicant tracking software packages so matching keywords is very importantCarefully review job requirements for keywordsAvoid bold, italics, and graphics as well as creative formats that use columns and tabs
18 Resume TipsEngage the reader right away – the first few lines of your resume may be the most important!Show the clear match between your qualifications and the requirements of the positionDescriptions should be concise – use action words with impact and show achievementsTarget your resume for each applicationNo spelling errors, typos, grammatical errors or inconsistent format
19 CV Tips – Academic Institutions Appeal to the academic side when applying to a research universityShow all experience and involvement in the professionExperience in assessment is important – highlight skills in collecting and analyzing dataTechnology skills – show how you used it in past experiencesNo spelling errors, typos, grammatical errors or inconsistent format
20 Do’s & Don’ts Do use a legible font face and size Do include enough white space to allow for skimmingDo use bulleted listsDo use a consistent formatDon’t include your SSN, Photo, Marital Status, or other personal informationDon’t use more than two fontsDon’t put references on the resume – create a separate documentDon’t use excessive bold face/italics, graphicsDon’t use an ink color other than black
21 Cover Letters Should always accompany a resume/CV Opportunity to introduce yourself to the employerProvide enhanced details about your qualifications, especially soft skillsPoint out specific experiences which make you an excellent fit for the positionA cover letter does not need to be lengthy and should not exceed one page
22 Cover LettersParagraph #1: How did you learn about the job? Identifying your source of information about the job.Paragraph #2: Why you are interested? Address your knowledge of the employer and your interest in the position.Paragraph #3: How you are qualified? Opportunity to relate your qualifications to the various skills the employer has outlined in the position description.Paragraph #4: What steps you plan to take to be considered?Summarize your interest in the position, show appreciation, indicate contact information for further information, and take responsibility for following up.
23 Resources American Library Association LIS Jobs – many good resources and articles