Friday, November 22, 2013 – 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
The Interview — Putting Your Best Foot Forward:
You’ve mastered the resume and cover letter, and have been invited to interview foryour dream job. Now that you’ve been noticed, the challenge of wowing the hiring committee begins. Come dressed in your interview best for a hands-on workshop of mock interviews and interview coaching. During the workshop we’ll look at what to expect when interviewing at academic, special, and public libraries. We’ll discuss how to manage a panel of interviewers, the one-on-one interview, phone interviews and online (Skype) interviews, as well as the finer points of post-interview communications. We will discuss interview-appropriate attire, how to avoid common wardrobe pitfalls, and give you tips on staying comfortable yet looking professional. Participants will draft a 30-second elevator pitch that sums up their qualifications, experience, and professional interests. Throughout, we’ll emphasize how to go beyond the qualifications listed on your resume to talk about how and why you are the best candidate for the prospective employer’s needs. We will also look briefly at the basics of creating clean, professional-looking presentations and handouts, or any materials you may need to bring to an interview.
Visit http://metro.org/events/435/ for more information and registration.
Friday, November 22, 2013 – 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
The Next Steps — Getting Started With Networking, Publishing, & Presenting:
Networking, publishing, and presenting are activities that you can do, or may want to do, at any and every stage in your career. Whether you choose to do them, or are required to do them, this hands-on workshop will show you that they do not have to be as intimidating or as formal as you may think, and that the act of “putting yourself out there” can be good for your career, your self-confidence, and your future job prospects. We will discuss ways to get involved in library organizations, at various levels, and guide attendees to specific organizations that meet their needs. We will talk about how networking and “joining” and keeping options open can change the course of one’s career. We will provide participants with tips and tools to help them get started with writing and presenting, starting with ideas — so bring yours! We will emphasize starting small and building on ideas and projects, and discuss the different kinds of publishing in our profession today. We will also discuss the benefits of collaborative writing and presenting. There will be brainstorming, writing, and presenting exercises, as well as time to research potential publications and editors, and time for group discussion and support.