(Please note: This deep dive session is scheduled for 2.75 hours and runs across both the 'D' and 'E' time slots.)
Experienced managers from academic, court, and law firm environments will review and critique three important factors that lead to a job offer: the cover letter, resume, and interview. Managers will assess sample cover letters, explaining what makes job candidates stand out. They will review sample resumes to determine how they could be strengthened to appeal to their particular library setting. Finally, the managers will be presented with a mock interview setting and will provide helpful tips on how to improve the candidate's presentation. This session's goal is to facilitate practical advice from experts to help librarians improve their chances of landing their first, or next, position.
Takeaway 1: Participants will learn how to tailor their resumes to appeal to various libraries: academic, court, and law firms.
Takeaway 2: Participants will be able to identify the common mistakes that hiring managers often see in job interviews through mock interviews.
Takeaway 3: Participants will revise three sample cover letters to best highlight experience most relevant to courts, firms, or law schools.
Who should attend: Individuals new to the profession who are seeking their first position; experienced "lateral" librarians who want to see what managers are looking for these days in different types of library settings; librarians who are planning to move into management positions responsible for hires or who may be asked to serve on job search committees
Track(s): Library Management, General or Core Programs
Author of the recent Legal Reference Services Quarterly paper comparing the client cost of Westlaw and WestlawNext, Emily Marcum is a law librarian in Birmingham, Alabama.
Raquel Gabriel is the Assistant Director for Reference and Research Services at CUNY School of Law where she also teaches Legal Research.
MLS - University of Oklahoma, JD - University of Mississippi. Circuit Librarian, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit since 1984. AALL President 2007-2008.