Thursday, May 22, 2008

Librarian Viral Posts? Cover Letters

Via Pegasus Librarian, there's an idea going around as follows:
Post a cover letter that you wrote. It can be terrible, it can be wonderful, it can be the one that got you a job. But post it with the idea that other librarians (new, old, and not-yet-to-be) can learn something from it.
Not that many, if any, librarians read this blog, but here's my own overly worded, badly organized cover letter from a few years ago for an electronic resources librarian position. It did get me an interview (and I was subsequently invited to a second one, but the job wasn't for me, so I declined):

Dear #######:

Please accept the attached resume as application for the position of ##### that appeared on the university's job openings site recently. I believe that my skills, experience and work ethic would be a great fit for this position, the library team, and the institution as a whole.

I have seven years of professional experience in academic library settings. In my current position at #######, I coordinate and participate in all reference services and gather and analyze usage and overlap data for our team's continual evaluation of resources. I also design and deliver information literacy workshops and self-directed tutorials, and maintain our fully online library presence. I work extensively with and teach the use of our online resources, consisting of more than 100 research databases including ProQuest, EBSCO, Gale, JSTOR, ABC-CLIO, FirstSearch, Project Muse, CIAO, Westlaw and more.

Being part of a small library team working closely with faculty to proactively provide services to a geographically dispersed student body has provided me with many opportunities to think creatively about a wide variety of library service delivery models and technologies and use those parts that best serve our unique institutional needs. The drive to meet these unique needs has also provided me with a solid grasp of the wide variety of currently available and emerging research resources and learning technologies.

I would truly appreciate the opportunity to speak with you in person about the skills, experience, creative and proactive thinking, and enthusiasm I would bring to this position. Thank you for your time and consideration,


1 comment:

Carol in Dallas said...

Good idea to have something to start with rather than a blank piece of paper. Our resume and cover letter books get quite a bit of use.