Module 5 Professional Development
I. First Session (90 min.)
- Standard sources to check for vacancies in academic libraries and related institutions (e.g., CRLN, Chronicle, METRO site, Libgig, etc.)
- How to read/evaluate the language of job ads (illustrate with real examples)
- Faculty status and tenure–what all’s entailed?
- How to determine whether to apply (qualified? interested? able to relocate?)
- The elements of a successful cover letter (illustrate with real examples)
- The elements of a successful resume or c.v (illustrate with real examples)
- The differences between a c.v. and a resume
- Find a job ad of interest, from the last 2-3 years, in one of the standard sources
- Research the potential employer; learn about the organization and its constituency
- Prepare a cover letter and c.v., as though you were applying for real for the position you’ve identified.
- Cannady, R., et. al., “Making the Best of the Worst of Times: Global Turmoil and Landing Your First Library Job.” College & Research Libraries News, v. 71 no. 4 (April 2010) p. 205-7, 212.
II. Second Session (90 min.)
Activity (60 min.):
- Break into groups of 2-3, and take turns evaluating each other’s cover letters and c.v.’s; one Dual Degree mentor facilitates each group’s evaluations.
- Would you want to interview a given “applicant” based on the documentation before you? Why or why not? Ask applicants why they’ve expressed themselves as they have.
Discussion (30 min.):
- What are some useful things you learned from the group critique of your c.v. and cover letter?
- Phone interviews—what to expect and what to say
- On-campus interviews—what to expect and what to say; body language; etiquette; attire
- Time-frame for recruitment–need to be patient, slow; no follow up with employers except thank-yous for interviews; keeping a positive attitude
- Prepare to interview for the position for which you’ve applied.
- Consider these standard interview questions and how you would respond to them: http://career-advice.monster.com/job-interview/interview-questions/100-potential-interview-questions/article.aspx
- Although aimed at professional classicists, this guide’s sections on interviewing and campus visits are worth reading: http://apaclassics.org/index.php/placement_service/advice
III. Third Session (90 min.)
Activity (45 min.):
- Break into groups of 2-3, and take turns interviewing each other, based on the positions you applied for in Session II; those asking questions should act as a mock search committee, with one Dual Degree mentor acting as its chair; each “candidate” should be interviewed for 15 min. or so; try to ask a few questions specific to each position.
Discussion (15 min.):
- What are some useful things you learned from the mock interviews—from people’s reactions to you and from your reactions to them?
- With the benefit of hindsight, how might you answer some questions differently?
Discussion (30 min.)
- The elements of a successful job talk
- Use term papers or theses as a basis for preparing a talk, if appropriate; always stick to the assigned topic closely
- The importance of thank-you letters
- Salary negotiation (ARL salary data)
- Tips for after you start your first job
- Any left-over questions from other topics covered in module
- Examine ARL’s Annual Salary Survey for recent years: http://www.arl.org/stats/annualsurveys/salary/
- Tanner, R. “Making the Most of Your Career: Advice From New Academic Librarians.” College & Research Libraries News, v. 71 no. 5 (May 2010) p. 238-9.
IV. Fourth Session (60 min.)
Professional values and behaviors [more to follow…]