See you again next year for the 2016 edition!
Last week's Career Fair was a great success thanks to the participation of members of the committee, students and employers! Thank you all for your involvement and interest!
See you again next year for the 2016 edition!
You're invited to attend the Career Fair's second workshop of the winter semester
What is it?
Hosted by Janice Tester, the Education, Health Science and MLIS Career Advisor at the McGill’s Career Planning Service (CaPS), this workshop will provide you with tips and tricks to practice your interview skills and score that next job!
When is it?
Tuesday, March 17th, 2015 from 3 PM to 4 PM
Where is it?
SIS Mansion, Room 106
Amazing! How do I sign up?
Sign up here to confirm your attendance: http://goo.gl/forms/co3oOl2jxF
Or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. And remember, spaces are limited!
Come one, come all to the Career Fair's first workshop of the winter semester!
What is it?
Hosted by Janice Tester, the Education, Health Science and MLIS Career Advisor at the McGill’s Career Planning Service (CaPS), this workshop will be filled with tips and tricks and provide a hands-on opportunity for you to give your CV and cover letter that much-needed facelift.
Sarah Anderson, Prospect Research Analyst, Office of Prospect Research, University of Alberta
I think one of the most important tips I can offer is don't be afraid to look in untraditional places when you are job hunting. There are a lot of professions which require skill sets that every MLIS student/graduate acquires during their degree, and they aren't always in a traditional library setting. I stumbled into the field of prospect research as a student and it has been an amazing career opportunity for me, as the field is growing quickly and not a lot of people are aware that it exists.
Christine F. Smith, MLIS head of Peter Holt Memorial Library at Bishop's College School in Sherbrooke, Quebec
Like many young professionals on the job hunt, you may not be aware what skills are important for a given position or what experiences come along with a given job. So, in the hopes of guiding you along your path, I’m offering a glimpse at my first few weeks as a School Librarian at Bishop’s College School (BCS). Hopefully this summary will help you on your path to deciding what post-graduation position is right for you! **
Sarah Wilkinson, Archivist, Private Family Foundation
The single most important piece of advice I can give to new students and those in the program-is network. From the second you step foot on campus at orientation, to the minute you land that: I-just-finished-this-program-@#$%-yeah triple salchaw/mic drop*. Networking is your best friend.
It might seem like obvious advice right? Not a lot of people actually do it while in the program. This is the most important and best time to do so. Why? Because the people you meet in the program, student and professional associations, guest lecturers, fellow conference delegates, will be your colleagues in the field once you graduate. These are the people that will help you get that volunteer experience or contract job while in school – and most likely will remember you and pass on your name to employers once you graduate.
I work in an academic library. I do not consider myself an “expert” in the area of human resources, but I have had the opportunity to interview dozens of candidates, for a wide range of positions. The following are some observations and tips for when you apply for a job, whether it is a part-time student job or a full-time, “big-time” position. A lot of it is just common sense.
Krista Alexander, Chemistry, Biochemistry and Physics Subject Librarian at Concordia University
The LIS job market for new grads can be tough. As a recent grad, I've been through the job search process and have come up with the three most important things I learned while applying for LIS jobs:
1) Start early. Although it might add a bit of stress to your final term, it is definitely worth it to start applying for jobs a few months before you finish up your degree. Even if you don't get a single interview before you graduate, you'll feel better about having put forth the effort.
2) Find yourself a mentor. The guidance of an already established librarian can be invaluable when you're on the hunt for a job. Whether it's keeping their eyes out for job opportunities, or simply cheering you on pre-interview, their support and advice will make the whole process considerably less daunting.
3) Never wait until the last minute to fill out an online application. Online applications were by far the most stressful part of my job search. No matter how many I filled out, each and every one seemed to pose a new challenge. Those challenges ranged from formatting problems with an uploaded resume, to being unsure of what drop-down option to pick. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to think these through.
Contributor: Jacynthe Touchette
I was asked to talk about my work experience since graduating from EBSI (École de bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l'information). I accepted without hesitation as my first year post-studies was rich in real world work experiences and learning. Some advice will be highlighted throughout the text. This advice comes from my personal experience and you are not obligated to follow it. One of the great things of our field is that it is so varied that advice from one or even a multitude of people may or may not apply to every situation.
Dahlal Mohr-Elzeki, MLIS II Student, Librarianship Stream
Getting tangible library work experience as a student has many benefits. While working while studying doubtless adds relevant experience to your CV roster, it also lets you put into practice the skills you’ve been learning in class (not to mention develop some skills that no classroom can teach), discover what aspects of librarianship (or archives or knowledge management) interest you, and cultivate your network of contacts in the field.
Ultimately, having some experience under your belt once you’re done school can be advantageous in a competitive market where employers often expect candidates to have at least two to three years of experience.
So, how can you get experience? Here are a few ways: