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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)


3 no leisure to make it shorterRs

R Recent

R Relevant

R Readable


Context
Context no leisure to make it shorter

  • 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


Me? no leisure to make it shorter


Me? no leisure to make it shorter

Skills

Experience

Motivations

Aspirations

Ambitions

Values


Them.... no leisure to make it shorter

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? no leisure to make it shorter

Unit

Organisation

Culture

Strategy

History

Stated Ambitions


Resources
Resources no leisure to make it shorter

Prospects.ac.uk

gradireland.com

targetjobs.com


Resources1
Resources no leisure to make it shorter

Library Website

Professional Associations

Specialist Media

General Media - economist etc.


Letters no leisure to make it shorter


Cover letters 101
Cover Letters 101 no leisure to make it shorter

  • 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 no leisure to make it shorter

  • 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


Curriculum Vitae no leisure to make it shorter

Letter


Interview no leisure to make it shorter

Letter

CV


CVs no leisure to make it shorter


CVs no leisure to make it shorter

Appropriate to Context / Reader

Recent – Relevant – Readable

A FORMAL Document

A one-time-only document


Types of CV: no leisure to make it shorter

  • Generic (proto)

  • Chronological (Reverse)

  • Thematic

  • Sectoral

  • Bespoke


Cvs bare bones
CVs – bare bones no leisure to make it shorter

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 no leisure to make it shorter

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 no leisure to make it shorter

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


Cvs personal1
CVs – Personal no leisure to make it shorter

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 no leisure to make it shorter

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 no leisure to make it shorter

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 no leisure to make it shorter

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 no leisure to make it shorter

...sit menssana in corporesano

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

NOT too long.....


Cvs referees
CVs – Referees no leisure to make it shorter

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 no leisure to make it shorter

It should be in the letter.....

If you do - short & unique

Photos – dangerous....


Cvs objectives photos1
CVs – Objectives / Photos no leisure to make it shorter


Cvs bare bones recap
CVs – bare bones recap no leisure to make it shorter

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.


The big pile
The big pile..... no leisure to make it shorter


How to get out of the big pile
How to get out of the big pile! no leisure to make it shorter

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... no leisure to make it shorter

  • 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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