Australian National Resume Review – LIS students & new graduates

Attention recent and soon-to-be graduates! The ALIA Student and New Graduates Group is starting a new pilot initiative: a resume review service to support your job seeking process. Whether you’re applying for a specific job or just need general advice, we can arrange to have your resume reviewed by an experienced professional.

Eligibility for a review during the pilot for this initiative:

  • Recently qualified library technician or librarian, or current student in a library technician or library programme in Australia. Professionals returning to the workforce after a hiatus are also welcome.
  • AND current ALIA member

Please note: there is a limit of three reviews per year

How to request a review:
Send an email to with the subject line ‘Resume review request’ and include the following information in the email:

  1. Your resume attached as a Word document (.doc, .docx, or .rtf)
  2. Your name and email address
  3. Your ALIA number
  4. The job posting to which you’re applying (include an active link or file attachment). If you’re not applying for a specific position, describe the type of position you plan to seek, including type of library (e.g., public, academic, special) and type of duties (e.g., technical services, reference and instruction, etc).
  5. A list of any specific aspects of the resume that you’d like the reviewer to focus on.

What to expect:
You will receive a reply from your reviewer within two weeks with advice on how to improve your resume, based on his or her experience and expertise. The review is confidential. Your documents will be handled by this service’s coordinators and viewed by the reviewer only. Your files will be deleted after the review is complete. Your name and email address will be stored in a Google Spreadsheet, which is accessible only to the service coordinators.

If you have any questions about this service or your eligibility, please include them in the comments of this post or send a private email to



Feeling overwhelmed by the library job-hunting process? Do you need a hub that answers all your questions on cover letters, resumes, selection criteria and job search strategies? Then check out the ALIA Students and New Graduates JOB HELP wiki. Here you’ll find links to:

  • books
  • cover letters
  • agencies to help you find work
  • interview skills
  • job search strategies
  • selection criteria
  • resumes
  • job vacancies
  • and more!

It’s a work in progress and will be added to and refined over time. Happy job hunting!

ALIA New Grads Job Help Wiki!

Yes, we know that ALIA already has “Early Career Connect” but we thought it might also be fun to have a wiki. For me, it’s a place to put all the job links that I regularly access when I’m looking for a new position.

Do you wanna participate? Check it out!

Sign a petition to help save Victorian public libraries!

You may have seen in a recent article in The Age, ‘State government plans to slash library funding‘, that the Baillieu government will slash funding to Victorian public libraries this year. This is likely to mean shorter opening hours and cuts to internet services and other projects. The opposition believes that disadvantaged communities will suffer most, where many residents use a library to access services (such as the internet) that they cannot otherwise afford.

The Age quoted recent departmental figures that show Victoria has around 290 permanent libraries and 26 mobile libraries, with 2.5 million Victorians members of their local libraries. Please sign this petition if you want your voice (and theirs) to be heard.