The final activity of the day involved a knowledge cafe. Attendees were grouped together to share their experiences about how to approach CVs, applications, standing out, and first impressions as new professionals.The theme for discussion was “I wish I had known this then”.
Each group then presented their top three pieces of advice. These tips were compiled and are listed below:
- “I” power: taking credit (forgetting ‘we’ and focus on what you did specifically)
- practice, practice, practice – you can never rehearse enough
- talk it out with everyone (friends, work, IT departments, etc.) – does what you are saying make sense?
- get a fresh set of eyes to review your CV – avoid the ‘wallpaper effect’
- picture yourself in the position you are interviewing for
- apply for positions that you might think you are only partially qualified for – TAKE A CHANCE!
- Always keep a work log for reflective practice – ask yourself: what I did, what I used, what I learned – and keep it updated
- contact HR (or the specific individual involved) regarding hiring panel information and any subsequent feedback
- get feedback from non-librarians
- get networking – learn from others in the profession
- use social media and Linked In for networking
- have a positive mental attitude!