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Not a great way to make an impression

Posted by lpearle on 18 April 2006

We’re hiring a new Lower School Librarian here at MPOW and I’ve gotten flooded with resumes. As a public service, here are some “what not to do” items:

  • Use spell check.
  • Proofread your resume and cover letter for obvious (and not-so-obvious) typos.
    Examples: using the wrong name for the person you’re writing to, leaving off the honorific “Ms” but retaining the “. [lastname]”, odd Capitalization of various Words (like Inventory or Literacy).
  • Double check your qualifications. If you have worked as an archivist, a substitute teacher, a museum docent, you’re just not qualified to be a librarian. You need the M.L.S. Really.
  • If you’re granted an interview, don’t show up early and evince no interest in the library. Poking around, examining the collection and layout are perfectly acceptable – welcomed even – because it indicates you’re interested in the job and the school (and it may give rise to questions for you to ask the interviewer).
  • During the interview, be prepared to talk books, authors, series and program. If you can’t do that, if your love of literature isn’t evident, why are you applying for the LS position?
  • When you’re asked if you have any questions, don’t limit yourself to “what are the hours?” and “when does school start and end?”.
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