Last year I attended the Victorian ALIA’s Newgrad event addressing key selection criteria. Last week they hosted a similar event which I also attended. I wanted to see if I could pick up any additional tips for applications to academic libraries and do some networking.
The three speakers from last week were:
- Hero McDonald (University of Melbourne),
- Janet Salvatore (Monash Public Libraries) and
- Sarah Jansen (Monash University Library).
Hero confirmed that managing digital items, digital visualisation and mapping are high demand skills in libraries. Which fits in nicely with my passion for learning all I can about online repositories and content management! She also said something that really resonated with me applications need to be cohesive and curated. While an application usually requires three different documents make sure they are linked through content and design.
Janet made a point that enhanced Hero’s cohesive and curated idea, include referees that can verify the skills and knowledge you said you have in your application. She also stressed the importance of keeping a record of your achievements in your studies, volunteering or work. Later on they will be examples you can use to prove your competence in future applications.
Sarah asked us to consider and use the organisations language and buzz words. If you can demonstrate you understand an organisations language then use it in your application in the correct context, you have straight away proven your enthusiasm for the job and your ability to research. She suggested calling the organisation to gain insight into their language and what their buzz words represent to them.
I also picked up two more gems of advice in questions time:
- It’s ok to use international referees – include both phone and email if possible.
- It is handy to put in your relationship to your referees.
Till next time!
DFTBA (Don’t Forget to be Awesome)