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


#tweetAugust : Get Ready to Tweet!

#tweetAugust starts on Monday the 1st of August!

Take the challenge to tweet once a day for a month! If you don’t think you can manage this – don’t despair – just try your best and get involved! If you haven’t used twitter before this is your chance to give it a go and see what all the fuss is about!

Why #tweetAugust?
Twitter is an excellent medium to connect and keep up to date with people and information. Getting involved in the #tweetAugust event will extent your PLN (personal learning network) and give you the opportunity to connect with library folk across Australia (and maybe further) and develop your professional online presence. Unlike blogs, tweets can be composed in a couple of minutes (including a non-smart phone) and can be quickly scanned and read – #tweetAugust doesn’t need to take more than five minutes a day and that can be while you wait for the train or in the supermarket queue!

What to tweet about?
Anything you want! New technologies, exciting ideas, interesting facts, philosophies on our profession, daily gripes (often amusing and definitely welcome, but remember we aren’t talking in a closed room!).

Make sure you remember to add the hashtag #tweetAugust to every tweet. By adding this tag you create a searchable link which we can all follow.

To get the ball rolling, here are some of the NGG teams twitter usernames:

See you Monday on Twitter!

May teleconference for committee members!

Hi guys,

Just a reminder, if you are a committee member, please put down your availability for the May teleconference on the Doodle Poll here:

Basically, we’re looking at the week of May 2nd (Mon, Tues, Wed, Thur or Fri) and I’ve put in 4 options for you: 9am, 2pm, 5pm, 7pm, and yes, like last time, that’s Australian Eastern Standard Time!

Thank you!


The Smith Family Thanks ALIA NewGrads

For the end of year event in December, the Queensland New Graduates Group supported The Smith Family’s Toy and Book Appeal. The Smith Family’s online gift store made it possible for anyone to participate and contribute to this very worthy cause.

This is just a short note to let you all know that last week I was delighted to find a Certificate of Appreciation for the New Graduates Group in the mail.

To all those who donated (you know who you are), on behalf of the Smith Family and the ALIA New Graduates Group, THANK YOU.
Your donations are very much appreciated.
I hope we can organise another collection for Christmas this year.
Alisa Howlett
New Graduates Group Co ordinator (QLD)