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HSL Reference Student Retreat: Resumes, Cover Letters, and Interviewing May 10, 2006

Posted by jennimi in About me, Academic Librarianship, marketing yourself.
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Ah. Lunchtime. Glorious sun and outside wireless compliments of our tuition dollars…

I had the honor yesterday of being included in a retreat at the University at Buffalo‘s Health Sciences Library to learn about resumes, cover letters, interviewing, and “other important stuff to help you get the job you want”. The retreat, which lasted all day (and could translate into a semester long seminar if you ask me) was led by phenom librarians Dean Hendrix, Stewart Brower, and Michelle Zafron. Amy Lyons and Linda Hasman also contributed their expertise to the workshops. Each student got to take home a very comprehensive manual which was developed by HSL staff from a template by Ron Pollack, Director of Career Services for the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin.

Allow me to say that again: Each student got to take home a very comprehensive manual which was developed by HSL staff from a template by Ron Pollack, Director of Career Services for the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin. That has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? Especially the part about how UT School of Information has its own career services department. Hmm…. Note to self: research number of students at UT’s School, compare to ours…

The retreat I attended yesterday gave me more information about job search prep, particularly in the academic libraries setting – which is a little different than others – than anything else I’ve experienced here at the University at Buffalo and School of Informatics. That’s not to take anything away from the good efforts put forth by many (the SLA career panel in 2004, the many resume workshops sponsored by the ALA Student Chapter, resume building as covered in Management class) but wow…. these folks OUTDID themselves.

Kudos to Dean, Stewart, Michelle, Amy, and Linda for caring about LIS students enough to spend their whole days with us trying to help us get outta here. 🙂 Their professionalism and knowledge are appreciated, but more than that, they have provided actual usable APPLICABLE strategies and pointers from an insider’s perspective on the entire academic search committee process. Dean told me he is passionate about helping students prepare for their job search. That passion shows… this program is so good, it should be offered on a much larger scale to School of Informatics graduate students (imho). Thanks again to HSL librarians! The day was so full of good info I can’t recount it all here. Plus, they should pay HSL lots of money to bring this program to the larger LIS community. However to add to my interview suit post I have to give props to Linda Hasman for suggesting comfortable shoes at interviews! You are on your feet all day…. don’t be uncomfortable!

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