The ALIA Career Starter Kit: Preparing and applying for the library job you want
This is an introductory series of webinars, that together provide a thorough guide for job seekers. Aimed at students, new graduates, or those who feel they aren’t progressing in their current job, it will assist participants to find their place in the complex world of libraries, to understand the current and emerging needs of this world, and to position themselves in a competitive and dynamic job market.
The webinars can be undertaken as standalone learning experiences, but those opting for the full kit will also receive a set of notes, supporting documents, checklists, and tips to guide them through their job seeking and application needs.
The kit will also be available to ALIA members through our member centre.
- 4 x webinars – live across 7 months (see below for summary) or available after the event as recordings. These webinars will involve a set of panel discussions involving library practitioners, educators, and employers, each representing the diversity of sectors and opportunities in Australian libraries.
- 1 starter kit – with useful supporting materials for each of the webinars including tools for self-evaluation, application writing, and interview technique, along with copious links and helpful tips.
|Four webinars + Kit
Webinar 1: Job roles and job descriptions: demystifying the complex world of library work
In this webinar we examine what it realistically means to work in the library world today; how job descriptions and requirements are changing; and what that could mean for you and your career.
A panel of experts from across library sectors will unpack various job descriptions and provide insight into the opportunities available and skills and mindsets required. Jargon, the differences between sectors and their needs, and the diversity of opportunity will be included in the discussion.
Date: May 16 in conjunction with National Careers Week.
Webinar 2: Identifying opportunity
Continuing from our first webinar, we begin to identify opportunities, pathways, and consider your own suitability for a job – or that job’s suitability for you.
Included in this session is discussion and practical advice on being prepared and identifying opportunities. This involves a look at transferable skills and leveraging or developing your strengths.
We cover the basics of where to look for jobs, as well as alternatives such as traineeships, moving sectors (or locations), CPD and networking.
Date: July 4
Webinar 3: The written application
Writing job applications is a daunting task. In this webinar we look at the reality of the process from the employers' end – what are they looking for and how is the process managed? We look at how you can address their needs more keenly in your written application utilising widely used techniques such as CAR / STAR, and we consider a variety of approaches that can make you the solution to their problems.
Date: September 5
Webinar 4: The interview
These days interviews can take a variety of forms – for example in person, in a group, or online. They might also involve a task or demonstration on the applicant’s part. In this webinar we look at what to expect, and how to prepare. Practical tips for managing nerves will also be discussed.
Date: November 8
Note: Webinar access will be emailed at least 1 day prior to each event you have registered for.