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!


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


Victorian Resume & Key Selection Criteria night

Last night the Victorian grad group hosted their annual Resume and Key Selection Criteria discussion in Melbourne. Janet from Monash Public Libraries, Katie from the  New Grads/NMIT, and Helen from NMIT gave valuable insight, tips, and experiences from both sides of the recruitment process.

We hope you got some great ideas, motivation, and most importantly, you feel a little less overwhelmed by the job hunting process in the library world.

If you couldn’t make it, have no fear! We have included some key points and a couple of links that can help you find information to keep going on your library journey. Continue reading

QLD Resume Reviews

Perhaps you’ve just graduated? Looking for your first library job? Due to take the next step in your career? Or new to the profession? Time to get out that resume…… and take this fabulous opportunity for advice and feedback on your resume from an experienced library and information professional.
The coordinators for the ALIA New Graduates Group Queensland are keen to help set you on the right track. Our Resume Reviews event is back!
Where: Brisbane – State Library Cafe, Southbank.
When: Saturday, 3rd August from 9am.
Cost: ALIA members – $5.00, non-ALIA members $7.00
Here’s what you do: –
  1. Submit your RSVP with your location preference and resume to us via email ( by Saturday, 27 July 2013 (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.
Appointments will run for approximately 20 minutes each.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us –

HOBART: Employability Seminar, 29 May 2013

Library jobs are far and few between in Tasmania. How can you transfer your library qualifications and skills into other employment sectors? Do you need help in preparing your resumes? How about answering those elusive selection criteria questions?

The ALIA New Grads Group (Tas) is proud to present two guest speakers from Tasmania’s leading HR company – Searson Buck. We are fortunate to have their experienced career transition specialists Simone Ashby & Emma Ring to discuss career opportunities in the current job market and how you can transfer your array of skills to gain that perfect job!

Topic: Market Ready

The presentation components include:
•            Career reflections in a changing environment;
•            Resume preparation;
•            Addressing Selection Criteria.

Market Ready is designed to give people the tools they need to get ready to enter the employment market, either for the first time or re-entering.

Numbers are limited so book now: we need a minimum of 10 people to make this event happen and a maximum of 25

Date: 29 May 2013
Time: 10 – 11.30am (please arrive at 9.30am for registration & refreshments)
Venue: Searson Buck, 183 Macquarie St, Hobart (easy parking at the Village Cinemas carpark on Collins St)
Cost: $5 (ALIA members); $10 (non-ALIA members)
Light refreshments provided
RSVP: by 17 May 2013 to