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Making Effective Applications Library Association of Ireland. Mark Cumisky Career Development Adviser September 2013. The present letter is a very long one, simply because I had no leisure to make it shorter . Blaise Pascal (1623 – 1662). 3 Rs. R Recent R Relevant R Readable. Context.

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Making Effective Applications

Library Association of Ireland

Mark Cumisky

Career Development Adviser

September 2013

the present letter is a very long one simply because i had no leisure to make it shorter

The present letter is a very long one, simply because I had no leisure to make it shorter.

Blaise Pascal

(1623 – 1662)

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3 Rs

R Recent

R Relevant

R Readable

context
Context
  • Role – what is it / what do I want
  • Organisation – size / culture / readership/ history / reputation / pre-eminence (or lack thereof)
  • Profession / Sector / Regulation
  • Media – hostile? (WindscaleSellafield) public opinion, generalist, specialist
  • Me
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Me?

Skills

Experience

Motivations

Aspirations

Ambitions

Values

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Them....

Role: What is it? What do they want?

Where does it fit in the org?

Who does the role now? – or Who did it up to recently?

Map the Requirements

them who are they
Them.... – Who are they?

Unit

Organisation

Culture

Strategy

History

Stated Ambitions

resources
Resources

Prospects.ac.uk

gradireland.com

targetjobs.com

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Resources

Library Website

Professional Associations

Specialist Media

General Media - economist etc.

cover letters 101
Cover Letters 101
  • Intro – who I am, where I saw the ad…
  • What I can do for you- Relevance of my Skills / Experience - Enthusiasm / Ambition/ Drive / Energy
  • Why I am interested in YOUR organisation- knowledge of the profession - knowledge of the strengths / position of the organisation within the profession / field
  • Conclusion – please see attached CV...
cover letters 1011
Cover Letters 101
  • Specific to the “job-in-hand”
  • Addresses the Employer’s Need(not exclusively yours)
  • Uses real-life examples of instances where you demonstrated required skills
  • Always relevant – in all ways
  • Easy-to-read (1.1 spacing, “business font”)
  • Signed F L A W L E S S
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Interview

Letter

CV

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CVs

Appropriate to Context / Reader

Recent – Relevant – Readable

A FORMAL Document

A one-time-only document

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Types of CV:

  • Generic (proto)
  • Chronological (Reverse)
  • Thematic
  • Sectoral
  • Bespoke
cvs bare bones
CVs – bare bones

Personal Details Name/Address/E-mail/

Qualifications Most recent first

Experience include all relevant stuff

keep it relatively short

Skills Profile relevant to position

Hobbies recent and balanced

Referees

Keep thinking of the Readers’ perspective.

cl cvs
CL & CVs

Electronic = .pdf (if possible)

No spillongmestooks etc.

Paper = high quality paper, mailed flat, on white paper with a printed address

The presentation of these documents will form their first impression of you

cvs personal
CVs – Personal

Mark Cumisky AddressContact Number E-mail78Kgs Male (Balding) 182 cmDOB – 20 April 1965 48 years oldEyes – Blue (myopic)

cvs personal1
CVs – Personal

Mark Cumisky AddressContact Number E-mail78Kgs Male (Balding) 182 cmDOB – 20 April 1965 48 years oldEyes – Blue (myopic)

Not: [email protected]

cvs qualifications
CVs – Qualifications

Most recent first

As far back as high school

Include relevant info on thesis / pertinent papers / projects / skills / experience

Include any academic awards / prizes / medals here

cvs experience
CVs – Experience

Recent vs Relevant

Use Bullet Points for emphasise.g.

  • Library Assistant ?????? Library, DublinI worked in three different sections - Reader services, Acquisitions, and Special Collections
      • Developed outstanding customer handling skills
      • Responsible for tracking outstanding subscriptions
cvs skills profile
CVs – Skills Profile

RELEVANT – and not covered in previous

eg

Communication Feedback from customers and managers is that I am a good listener who relates well to individuals and groups. I am routinely asked to deliver presentations on group projects.

cvs hobbies achievements
CVs – Hobbies / Achievements

...sit menssana in corporesano

Short – with a balance and mix of physical / mental arts / sporting individual / team

NOT too long.....

cvs referees
CVs – Referees

Have a bank (six/seven) referees

Think about the most relevant ones for this application

Include or not – that is the question?

“To whom it may concern...”

Clear it with the referee first...

cvs objectives photos
CVs – Objectives / Photos

It should be in the letter.....

If you do - short & unique

Photos – dangerous....

cvs bare bones recap
CVs – bare bones recap

Personal Details Name/Address/E-mail/

Qualifications Most recent first

Experience include all relevant jobs

keep it short

Skills Profile relevant to position

Hobbies recent and balanced

Referees

Keep thinking of the Readers’ perspective.

how to get out of the big pile
How to get out of the big pile!

Feedback from employers

  • Point of difference - that X factor – this person engage clients / team members
  • Matched to advertised position and linked to specifications
  • Grammar and spelling – clear and concise
  • Professional right from the start – credibility
  • Ticking off on a grid and giving points
common questions
Common Questions...
  • CV Format?

Professional, easy-to-read, clear

  • How long should it be?

As long as it needs to be

  • Graphics and funnies?

They’ve seen them all before...

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