Over the last three summers we have had to have librarian searches to fill positions that have opened up. When I evaluate the applications I use certain criteria to do the initial culling of the herd, so to speak. Although these seem like common sense items I want to list some of the items that job-seekers should double check before they send their information to prospective employers. Everyone’s list is different but I’m taking my suggestions from actual applications I have received.
1. Make sure all requested documents are included, e.g., reference list or letters, cover letter, etc.
2. If you are applying for many positions that you find in various places, I advertise librarian positions on various listservs, online job sites, and library schools, keep a list of jobs you have applied for. Don’t apply for the same position two or three times.
3. List the name of the school correctly; I work at Seton HILL University.
4. If applying for positions in various states, don’t mix them up. It confuses me as to why someone would tell me that they would love to live in the mid-west when he/she is applying for a position in the northeast.
5. If the ad specifies whom to send the information to, avoid using phrases such as, “To Whom It May Concern” or “Dear Gentlemen” or “Dear Sir or Madam.”
6. Make sure the position you list in your cover letter is indeed the position we are advertising.
7. Grammar mistakes—enough said!
8. When you list your qualifications in your cover letter make sure they are pertinent to the position being offered.
9. When educational qualifications are specified make sure you possess them.
10. When listing references, it is best to be able to list some who can attest to your ability to do the job for which you are applying.
11. If you are sending your information as one or more email attachments, make sure you know how to do it correctly.
12. It is no longer proper to list your height, weight, marital status, etc. on your resume.
To Be Continued—Maybe.