New South Wales – 2017 Meet and Greet: Event Wrap-Up

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The NSW ALIA Students and New Graduates Group had their first gathering for 2017 the location in Coco Cubano, Campbelltown was ideal especially the decor! We were sitting in a room with leather reading chairs surrounded by books. The weather could not dampen the mood inside and we had lots of laughter and stories to share.

This gathering was an excellent opportunity for future information professionals to meet and network over delicious food and drinks.  Diana Richards, ALIA NSW State Manager, met and spoke to each attendee and informed them of all the services a member of ALIA can access.  She handed out information with easy instructions and the links to different pages on the ALIA website.

We believe this event was successful and are looking forward to planning the next event after NLS8.

From the NSW ALIA SNGG Regional Coordinators

Michelle Stuart, Michelle Feely and Angela Bagaric

Brisbane – Resume Review Cafe 2017 Wrap-Up!

Last weekend the QLD ALIA SNGG kicked off the first stage in our 2017 professional development series which loosely follows the three key points to nail in order to land a job:

  • Create the perfect Resume which sums up your skills and experience
  • Address the Selection Criteria to show off your stories
  • Present yourself professionally in the Interview

Our Resume Review Cafe was well attended this year, with a group of new and enthusiastic students scheduled to meet with information and library managers who very generously gave up their Saturday morning to share some advice.

Each student was paired with a manager and spent approximately 30 minutes one-on-one with them to discuss the finer points of their resume and get some tips on how to improve. This year we were also attended by a HR Recruitment Specialist, Sam,  who was on standby to give her perspective on the hiring process and what she looks for when picking resumes.

Some tips from Sam are below:

Tip 1 – Identify accomplishments rather than just listing or describing what the job is. Include things you personally achieved in the role.

Tip 2 – Make sure there are no spelling or formatting errors! Always get it double checked by someone else before you submit it.

Tip 3 – Make sure your resume is relevant and tailored for the particular role you are applying for. This may mean you have to tweak it for each job you apply for but it is worth it! The recruiter and employer can see immediately how your experience is suited for their role.

Tip 4 – Make sure there are no gaps in your employment or experience timeline within the last 5 years. Even if you were travelling, looking after someone or doing a job that isn’t related to what you are applying for include it. It only has to have a few details such a dates and a job title. Recruiters and employers will wonder what you were up to if they notice gaps.

A special thank you must be given to the group below, many of whom have participated multiple times! The flowers this year were only a very small token of our appreciation, words themselves couldn’t describe how grateful we are to have your continued help and support each year.

Helen Hobbs – QUT

Donald Jeffreys – Griffith University

Maureen Sullivan – Griffith University

Anita McMilian – Knowledge & Learning Resources Manager at West Moreton Anglican College

Joanna Fear – Federal Court Library

Amy Walduck – ALIA QLD State Manager

Not only do they give their support in person but they also let us pick their brains. At our Resume Review Cafe in 2016, our mentors kindly gave us their top tips, which you can read about in Key Take Aways from the QLD Resume Review Cafe. Our mentors still claim these bits of advice are spot on!

And as always, if you don’t have the opportunity to attend the Resume Review Cafe in person, remember that ALIA SNGG offers a National Resume Review Service where student ALIA members can email your resume through for advice and get a professional review.

ALIA SNGG have also been working very hard on a Job Site specially designed with a whole bunch of tips and tricks to help you get a job! Check it out. 

Also, keep an eye out over the next few months for the rest of our professional development series. Next up, Selection Criteria Panel + Workshop!

Canberra – GLAMR Connect: Event wrap-up

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The word we’ve chosen to describe this year’s GLAMR Connect is Awesome! What more could budding librarians want than to be in a room listening to fellow information professionals share their knowledge of an industry you know you were born to be part of?

As moderator for the night, Chris had a chance to blow the cobwebs off his presenting skills. With a well prepared speech he quickly hit a groove that had his audience engaged and entertained.

Hot tip: As event moderator be prepared to improvise if you lose your place, and have one question ready to ask your guest speakers at the end of the presentations so that you can get the ball rolling.

As one of the speakers for the night Jade had the pleasure of highlighting all the events that the ACT ALIA Student and Newgrad Group have planned for this year and telling people about the amazing NLS8 conference happening in Canberra’s backyard aka the National Library in June.

Hot tip: Remember that you wrote all those notes for a reason and to use them to check you mentioned everything you wanted to!

Our guest speakers came from all over the GLAMR sector to let us know what exciting events they had planned for students and new graduates in 2017. We had Jennifer Milward from ALIA URLs, Judy Brooker from ALIA Active, Jade Koekoe from ALIA ACT SNGG, Jan Bordoni from the Australian Government Libraries Information Network, Thomas Kaufhold from Records and Information Management Professional Australasia, Toby Bellwood from Data.gov.au, Craig Tibbitts and Lynda Weller from the Australian Society of Archivists, Fiona Gallagher from the Australian Law Librarian Association and a welcomed surprise visit by Penelope Grist from Museums and Galleries Australia.

Overall, the night was a huge success. We found ourselves amazed at the number of opportunities offered by each speaker for student and new graduates in Canberra. These ranged from social events such as movie nights, webinars, professional development, chances to play with data through Govhack, NationalMap and the new website for Data.gov.au through to workshops, networking and whiskey tasting.

We just want to give a huge shout out to everyone who attended especially all the students and new grads, you are the reason ALIA SNGG exists! We would also like to extend a big thank you to each of our guest speakers for taking the time to reach out to fellow librarians and information professionals.

 

Jade Koekoe & Chris Sonneveld

ALIA Students and New Graduates Group (ACT) Coordinators

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Western Australia – Social start in WA: Event wrap-up

The WA ALIA Students and New Graduates group collaborated with RIMPA WA, the Curtin DIS Alumni and the CURTIS Club for their first event of 2017 – Start Social: Build your professional knowledge network with ALIA and RIMPA.

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The event was held on Thursday 24th February at the Central Institute of Technology in Northbridge, and was attended by over 30 people from diverse backgrounds – students, recent graduates, and seasoned industry professionals from libraries, archives and records management. We invited Jess Pietsch, ALIA WA State Manager, and Lisa Read White, RIMPA WA Branch President, to speak about the role of our professional organisations and the benefits of belonging to a professional community.

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Jess and Lisa spoke about the roles of ALIA and RIMPA in advocating for change, encouraging innovation in our sectors and ‘future-proofing’ our profession. The theme of ‘together, we are stronger’ echoed throughout the evening, as Jess and Lisa reminded us that the professional organisations regularly work together on initiatives, and (to use another cheesy quote) that these organisations are ‘only as good as the sum of their parts’. To ensure the continued success of our professional peak bodies, we need to be on board with supporting them through continued membership.
On the topic of membership, they also spoke about the benefits of joining ALIA and RIMPA, including professional development and training opportunities, mentoring programs, career advisory services, member publications – the list goes on! The second pertinent theme of the evening was ‘ask not what your organisation can do for you, but what you can do for your organisation’. Our peak bodies rely on our support, and there are so many ways to give back – through writing an article for INCITE or IQ Magazine, or joining a committee, or presenting at an event, or even just attending events!
The evening was a fantastic reminder of the amazing work that our peak professional bodies do, and the multitude of ways in which we can support their efforts and make our own contribution – even though something as simple as attending an event. So thanks to all of those who attended, and to our two fabulous speakers Jess and Lisa.