KSC Seminar Wrap Up

Well the Key Selection Criteria Seminar has been and gone and what a success it was! We had a lovely group of students and new grads turn up to hear from our wonderful presenters: Hero Macdonald, Sarah Jansen and Janet Salvatore. They were all full of advice and answered our many questions (I’m sure the questions could have gone on for ever if we didn’t have to finish).


So what was some of the standout advice?:

  • Make your resume and KSC documents beautiful (we’re not talking flowers and sparkles, but a neat, clean design with lots of white space should do the trick)
  • An oldie but a goodie: PROOFREAD (proofread it yourself, and rope others into proofreading if for you)
  • Be succinct
  • Find the ‘buzzwords’ from the position description and incorporate them into your answers to the KSC
  • Answer the KSC with STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result) and you’ll be a star (you could also use one of the many other acronyms floating around). NOTE: all three presenters mentioned this one so it must be particularly awesome

There was so much more great advice I could go on forever…but instead I suggest you check out their presentation slides!

Click the link for the presentations:




P.S. Barry the Libearian loved it!


P.P.S. Stay tuned for information on our follow-up Interview Skills Seminar!

Calling all trivia-buffs in Queensland!


Tickets are now available for the annual ALIA QLD Library and Information Week trivia night. This is a great opportunity to mingle with some of your fellow students and new grads but also spend some time with people working in the industry  – I know someone who secured a placement out of it last year!

Where and When?

LOCATION CHANGE:  Queensland Cricketers Club, 411 Vulture Street, East Brisbane.

Monday 25th May 2015
Trivia starts at 6:30pm but the doors will be open from 5:30pm for dinner and drinks.

How do I sign up?

  1. You need to register and pay online
  2. Our team name is ALIA Students and New Graduates make sure to type this in exactly as it is written.
  3. Send us an email confirming you have paid so we know how many to expect: newgradsqld.alia@gmail.com


  •        $10 per person for ALIA individual members, sponsors and affiliate associations [ALLA, PLAQ, SLAQ] – note you will need to enter your individual membership number when you register.
  •        $20 per person if you are not in the above category

Side note: Eight persons per team is the ideal number – but if we go over this we will have two chances at taking out the prize! If you have any questions or concerns please send us an email and we will sort you out.
Hope to see you there!

Annette & Erica

Interview Skills Seminar

Are you feeling the need to brush up on your interview skills? If the answer is yes (or you’d just like to come along to mingle and network), then the ALIA Students and New Graduates Group (Vic) would like to invite you to come along to our Interview Skills Seminar this Wednesday!

cat job interview

We’ve got three wonderful speakers lined up to bring you all sorts of tips and advice that will help you through the interview process. After the speakers present we’ll have them on a panel willing and ready to answer all of your questions (we know you have a lot).

It’s also going to be a fantastic opportunity to network…so even if you think your interview skills are pretty top notch, consider coming along to meet new people and share your wealth of knowledge!

If you do fancy attending, here are the details…

When: 01/10/2014 (this Wednesday) 7pm
Where: RMIT Library Melbourne
Speakers: Hugh Rundle (Boroondara Library Service),
                   Yasmin Moore (Monash University),
                   Darren Ryan (Port Phillip Library Service).
Cost: FREE (who doesn’t love a free event?!)
How: Tickets are FREE, but we’d love you to register your attendance
Tell us about your favourite LIS app, tool, blog, or website to enter our lucky prize draw. Winner must be at the event in Melbourne in person to collect. One entry per person. Submit your ideas now!

ALIA Sydney Event – Advocate, Promote, Brand. Your Profession, Your Organisation, Yourself

ALIA Sydney will be hosting an event in Western Sydney in May titled – Advocate, Promote, Brand. Your Profession, Your Organisation, Yourself. 

Confirmed Speakers:
  • Sue McKerracher (ALIA Executive Director) shares her tips on advocacy
  • Michael Gonzalez (Manager Digital Discovery & Services at UWS Library) talks to us about strategically promoting and rebranding your library and resources 
  • Cecilia Kluger (Principal and Founder of CK Design) discusses branding your library

Essential Information:

27 May 2013
6pm for a 6.15pm start
Parramatta City Library (Darug Room)
$7 (members) $10 (non-members)


Places are limited. Register your interest at aliasydneygroup@gmail.com and join us on Monday 27 May 2013 at Parramatta City Library.