Dominican University GSLIS Career Day

Submitted by Irene Williams
Library of the Health Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL

I had the opportunity to attend the Dominican University GSLIS Alumni Council 14th Annual Career Day Saturday, February 19, 2011. This year’s theme was “Brand Me: Marketing Yourself.” Each panelist gave the future graduates valuable information on how they can do just that.

I was very impressed with the keynote speaker Lorelle Swader, Director of ALA’s Office for Human Resources Development and Recruitment. I especially enjoyed when she spoke on using caution when using social networking outlets like Facebook. She suggests that having a personal account as well as a professional account would be more beneficial when it comes to job hunting. Swader’s theme was “You need to become the marketer of your own brand.” She suggested taking the time to Google yourself. Find out what is really out there about you in cyberspace. Your online presence matters more that you may realize.

Other Panelists:

  • Lorene Kennard, SLA IL President, owner of Walnut Avenue Research
  • Pattie Piotrowski, Assistant Dean for Public Services at Paul V. Galvin Library IIT
  • Jill Postma, Research Center Collections Librarian, Adler Planetarium
  • Roberto Sarmiento, Head Librarian at the Transportation Library, Northwestern University

Each panelist spoke on the current job market, job hunting and interviewing skills. They shared what they look for in candidates when interviewing.

Afterwards there was a networking lunch. As the state liaison for Illinois, I spoke to many of the students about Midwest Chapter. Lisa Fried from MLA and I gave out literature and answered questions from students who wanted to know more about MLA and the Midwest Chapter. The event concluded with Round Robin Mini-Workshops to assist students with resume building and writing cover letters.

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