Resume/Interview Practice Pilot Program

For those who missed the exciting announcement at the Chapter’s annual business meeting, this year we are launching a pilot program on a relatively small scale to assist our student and new graduate members as they prepare CVs/resumes and get ready for interviews. This is a great opportunity for those of us in positions where we chair search committees or hire librarians to help these members be well prepared. It’s a wonderful way for our membership to build each other up and does not require attending the annual meeting. The details are below.

Resume/Interview Practice Pilot Program

Midwest Chapter is piloting a resume/interview practice program for students and new graduates of library science/information science programs. We are opening the program to up to 10 students or new graduates and recruiting up to 10 mentors to work with them.

Eligibility
Students and new graduates must be active members of Midwest Chapter in good standing. Students are eligible for two years of free, student membership. After that time, regular membership is expected, and is renewed on a calendar year basis (due at the first of the year). “New graduate” will be defined as anyone who has graduated from a library/information science program within the last 5 years but has not yet found a professional position, or a position at the desired professional level, in a health sciences/biomedical library.
Mentors should have approximately 5 years of experience in libraries, with specific experience chairing search committees and/or hiring librarians. Potential mentors with fewer than 5 years’ experience but who have this type of hiring experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Expectations

Students and new graduates will:

  • Complete application by December 15
  • Submit a current CV/resume
  • Initiate contact with mentor within 30 days of receiving mentor’s contact information
  • Mutually schedule two 30-minute phone calls, video chats, or other type of meeting, to first review and receive feedback on the CV/resume, and second, to practice interview questions.
  • Complete meetings with mentors by February 15, 2016.
  • Complete a survey about their experience.

Mentors will:

  • Complete application by December 15
  • Mutually schedule two 30-minute phone calls, video chats, or other type of meeting, to first review and receive feedback on the CV/resume, and second, to practice interview questions.
  • Complete meetings with students/new graduates by February 15, 2016.
  • Use sample interview questions for practice purposes. Supplementing questions with others mentors typically use is also acceptable. It is also acceptable to discuss cover letter composition.
  • Complete a survey about their experience.

This program is not designed to pair students and new graduates with long-term mentors. It is a voluntary short-term partnership to support new library professionals from our chapter. As a voluntary program, Midwest Chapter of MLA can make no guarantees to the quality of the interaction that may take place, but will do our part to insure a pleasant experience. There is no implication or expectation that students or new graduates will receive special consideration for hiring purposes.

Please use the following link to complete an online application: http://go.osu.edu/MCMLAPilot. Students/new graduates: please have an updated CV/resume ready, as the application asks you to upload it.

– Stephanie Schulte, Membership Secretary

Leave a Reply