Whether you’re a student, graduate, new professional, mid-career or established information or GLAMR professional, we all know how hard it can be to find the energy, time and opportunity for networking, learning and professional development. So over the coming weeks and months, ALIA SNGG will share some ideas for how you can get engaged!
Celebrate these holidays and play ALIA Students and New Graduates holiday game! It starts on the 1st of December and runs until the 12th following the 12 Days of Christmas. Each day we want you to post a picture to any of our social media channels, Twitter, Facebook or Instagram with your own interpretation for each Day of Christmas. It all starts on the 1st with a partridge in a pear tree!
We will be posting each Day of Christmas on all our channels to give you some inspiration so make sure to you like and follow our accounts to check them out. Be as creative as you want with your pictures but make sure to tag @ALIANewGrads on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram in all your posts and use #12daysofGLAMR. The most creative posts will be featured on our Instagram page.
So how do you get all the glory you ask? Each post you do that includes the hashtag #12daysofGLAMR gets 1 point. The three people at the end of 12 days with the most points will win fabulous prizes! That’s right, prizes AND glory!!! And keep an eye out on our social media channels over the 12 days as we will be releasing ways for you to earn #BONUS points. See the below image for all the details.
So what are you waiting for? Get your jingle bells on and start snapping!
Following on from our Key Selection Criteria Seminar in June, the Victorian ALIA SNGG team hosted its second tool building seminar for the year in August: the topic this time was Interview Skills.
Understanding this daunting part of the job hunting process, our panel of industry experts gave their best tips and advice for succeeding in a job interview. The diverse group included:
- Anna Findlay, Senior Advisor, Library Liaison and Engagement, La Trobe University Library
- Karyn Siegmann, Manager Library Services, Bayside City Council
- Carolyn Macvean, Manager, Parliamentary Library and Information Service Victoria
Covering a number of different library sectors, the presenters gave advice based on their own experience both as a candidate and as a recruiter. Some of their their best tips and advice were:
Before the interview:
- If given a choice for your interview time choose the first or last of the day. That way you will have more chance of being memorable.
- Study the key selection criteria and come up with examples from your personal experience. The questions asked will usually be drawn from the KSC.
- Many places use behavioural questions, so have a look at some examples of these so you can be prepared.
- Keep up with current trends in the library sector and show that you’re interested and engaged in the industry. Attend networking and PD events, and conferences. Showing a recruiter that you are passionate about the industry is much more attractive than telling them. (Coming to ALIA events is a great start!)
- Make notes to take with you. If you don’t want to forget that awesome example you had for that behavioural question, write it down. It’s okay to refer to notes during an interview, and shows recruiters how well prepared you are.
- Do your research!
- Make sure you have researched the organisation you are interviewing for. Look at their website and read through their strategic and annual plans, then consider how you and your skills can contribute to these plans.
- Make an effort to understand the community your are applying to work with. How well do you know the types of clients the organisation services?
- Have you thought about the future of public libraries when applying for a job in one? Do your research and you’ll be able to ace this question!
During the interview:
- Dress neat, smart and comfortable. This doesn’t mean you have to mask your personality in corporate attire. You can and should be authentic in your appearance.
- Pause… Breathe… You’re allowed to ask a recruiter to repeat a question, ask for a moment to gather your thoughts, or to refer to your notes.
- Big NOs in an interview: Don’t be a smartarse, don’t be dishonest, don’t forget to iron your shirt!
Bonus pro tip:
- Keep an aspirations job folder with position descriptions of your dream jobs to help you think about the skills you want to develop.
If you missed the event or have forgotten something you can watch the live video from the night on Facebook.
You can find other great tips by checking out the tweets from the night.
For even more help SNGGing that dream job, check out the National Resume Review Service offered by ALIA SNGG. This service allows you to send your resume to an industry professional who will provide you feedback and tips for improvement. This service is available to all ALIA members, including student members!
ALIA SNGG also have more job SNGGing information on our Job Site. Check it out!
Our next event is a more casual social event: Join us for our Spring Social event on Thursday 21 September. Hope to see you there!
Last week, the New Generation Advisory Committee launched its New Librarians Symposium bursary competition. Tweets were posted, an email was sent to ALIA members. Almost immediately, we received feedback on one aspect – the age range.
We are a volunteer committee and while we are passionate about new and early career information professionals’ issues, we also rely on our community to reach out to us with feedback and to let us know what is affecting them and their experience with establishing themselves in the library and information profession. To those who gave feedback, we thank you.
Prior to launching the bursary competition, we were in two minds about the age range. But we didn’t question the direction because the purpose of the age range was to have those still working in the profession in 20 years time reflect on what was envisioned or foretold in this year, when ALIA’s time capsule would be opened in 2037. We also knew that this bursary competition wouldn’t be the only ‘time capsule’ or 80th anniversary celebration activity ALIA had planned.
Following feedback on the bursary competition, NGAC members had one of our many discussions we have about new and early career library and information professionals’ issues and concerns. Being a committee from different sectors and bringing in our own individual perspectives and experiences, our discussions result in various points and angles being considered. This is reflected in the hard work NGAC puts in to develop and provide engagement opportunities to new and early career information professionals. And we aim to make these opportunities as inclusive and accessible as possible to our community. #auslibchat is a fabulous example of this.
What we didn’t make clear when we first announced the bursary was that this competition won’t be the only way to contribute to ALIA’s 80th birthday celebrations. We regret any confusion we caused about this. Details about further activities this year, and how all members of ALIA can contribute to the planned time capsule, will be released soon. So stay tuned!
If you’re a new or early career information professional (graduated within last seven years) and would love to attend an amazing conference just for you, we look forward to seeing your entries for our bursary competition.
Chairperson, and on behalf of the New Generation Advisory Committee