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

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!

Brisbane – ALIA Info Online Wrap-Up Event

Missed out on the ALIA Information Online 2017 Conference in Sydney? Not to worry! Join us on Monday 6 March from 5:30-7:00pm, QUT Gardens Point, Room V-714 to hear from QLD LIS professionals as they share their experiences of the conference around the theme: data, information, knowledge.

All are welcome to this free event, and what’s more, wine and nibbles will be provided!

We will be live-streaming the event on the ALIA Queensland Facebook page for those who can’t be there in person.

RSVP to aliaqldgroup@gmail.com by 3 March.

Brisbane – Resume Review Cafe is on again!

 

We know what you’re thinking, another resume review? But we just had one! The QLD ALIA SNGG team has decided to plan things a little differently this year with the feedback we’ve received from students and new grads from past events.

In 2017 our plan is to follow loosely the stages for preparing for a job interview. The events this year will begin with the Resume Review Cafe, followed by a Selection Criteria workshop, and then an Interview Panel. More details for these events will be announced later this year.

Come along to our Resume Review Cafe and take the opportunity to get advice and feedback on your resume from an experienced library and information professional.

Where: Brisbane – State Library Cafe, Southbank.

When: Saturday, 18 March from 9:00am (Appointments will run for approximately 30 minutes each)

Cost: ALIA members – Gold Coin donation, non-ALIA members $5.00

Here’s what you do: –

  1. Submit your RSVP with your resume to us via email by Tuesday 28 February (your resume will be treated with the strictest confidence).
  2. Receive your appointment time.
  3. Meet with your reviewer at your appointed time and receive valuable feedback and advice!
  4. Apply feedback and have more confidence in your resume.

Last year’s Resume Review Cafe was a great success, and it was fantastic to see an exchange of enthusiasm between reviewers and participants.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us – newgradsqld.alia@gmail.com.

Hope to see you there!

Annette, Maddy, and Shirin

ALIA Students and New Graduates Group QLD
Website: https://alianewgrads.wordpress.com/category/qld/
Twitter: @ALIANewGrads

Brisbane – Bookaholics Anonymous

Was your New Years Resolution for 2017 to read more books? Ours was! That is why Students and New Grads Queensland is creating a brand new book club, Bookaholics Anonymous (a drinking club with a reading problem). This one is a little different to your normal book club… You can read whatever you want when you want, just make sure it fits one of the 40 popsugar categories from their 2017 reading challenge! The book club will meet every 2 months in Brisbane CBD so you get a chance to meet other awesome book fans and have drink or two (or three…).

If you are interested in joining, head to the Facebook page for more information or send an email to newgradsqld.alia@gmail.com to get your name on the list. Our location will change for every meeting so keep an eye on Facebook or email list to get updates. If you want to come along to our first meeting and see what we are all about the details are below:

When: Thursday 19th January, 6:30pm-7:30pm

Where: Santa Monica – Pizza and Burger Bar, 192 Ann Street, Brisbane.

We hope to see you there!

Maddy Meddlycott & Annette Messell
ALIA Students and New Graduates Group (QLD) Coordinators