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.
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!
On a chilly winter’s evening last week Victoria ALIA Students and New Graduates Group had their July social event around a cosy corner table at Captain Melville. Though the weather outside was cold, all who attended were in high spirits and enjoyed the evening thoroughly. It was wonderful to catch up with familiar faces and to meet some new ones. Although we all know that networking is something we should be doing, it can seem daunting at times. Because of this we try to make our monthly social events a fun and pressure-free way to connect with other new and future information professionals over some food and drinks. Everyone is always very friendly and conversation is wide ranging – it’s not always work talk we promise!