Brisbane – Selection Criteria Panel and Workshop!

Save the date! On Saturday 22nd April, Queensland ALIA Students and New Graduates Group will be hosting a Selection Criteria Panel and Workshop event.

After the successful implementation of the annual Resume Review Cafe, we asked students and new graduates what other kind of professional development events they would like to take part in.

An overwhelming number of you asked about Selection Criteria: how to write it, what to avoid, etc. So we’ve made a plan to get you all up-to-speed!

During our Panel and Workshop you will be given the opportunity to ask out panellists any question you have about writing selection criteria. We’ve set up a handy Padlet for you to
start asking your questions anonymously. The panel will run for approximately 40 minutes after which we will split into groups to workshop and write some generic selection criteria responses. When that is all said and done we’ll grab some morning tea and have a chat.

Everyone is welcome! Please send us an email if you have any concerns.

When: Saturday 22nd April, 2017 from 9:00am – 11:00am

Where: Brisbane (venue TBA)

How much: ALIA-Members $5; Non-ALIA Members $10

RSVP: 16/04/17 to newgradsqld.alia@gmail.com

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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Canberra – Resume tips for our Resume Workshop

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The ACT’s first ever Resume Workshop is quickly approaching and Jade and I thought you might like a few tips to help you get started on your resume or put some extra polish on it before sending it through to us.

One of our reviewers said that when you’re applying for a job, make sure your timelines match in the key selection criteria, cover letter and resume. Someone reviewing your application may find it odd if they don’t match and decide not to accept your application based solely on this inconsistency. This would be the case if one of the selection criteria included ‘attention to detail’.

An article in the New York Times  by Rob Walker suggests that tailoring your resume to the specific job you are applying for is more likely to be successful than a generic one. Employers are looking for key skills that relate to the job so use the language of the profession in your resume.

According to Jonathon Long making your resume flow like it is a story is important. If your resume is confusing or jumps around too much then the reader will likely disregard it. This is very similar to advice Jade received at Resume Workshops and Key Selection Criteria Workshops she has attended. Long also suggests that you should strongly sell yourself in the top-third of your resume as readers are less likely to read the whole thing on first viewing. Long also goes onto say that formatting your resume into bullet-points and sections allows the reader to take in more information at a glance.

While a great resume helps you look good on paper, consider this bonus tip to give you that all-round, great first impression:

Another one of our reviewers recommended you check the recorded voice mail message on your mobile is appropriate for anyone calling in response to a job application you have submitted. You may miss out on a great opportunity if the caller cannot tell if it is actually you they have called, or worse not be able to leave a message at all. So update your voicemail message and ensure you check it regularly!

If you are keen to get advice from information management professionals on how to update your resume, send it to us at alia.act.newgrad@gmail.com by our extended deadline Monday 20 March 2017 so we can pass it onto our reviewers who have generously donated their time to help you out (your resume will be treated with the strictest confidence).

We can’t wait to see you all at the Resume Workshop on 8 April 2017 at the National Library of Australia!

 

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.