Librarian Resumes Cover Letters

Librarians probably spend more time reading than anyone else, however when it comes to creating a good resume it’s all about intelligent composition.

This guide and accompanying templates are designed by resume professionals to encompass the key points to keep in mind when authoring a Librarian or Library Page resume.

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Librarian Cover Letter Example

(The cover letter is based on the following resume, located on the left. )

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(Manager’s Name)

HR Manager

Company Name

Company Address

Date

Dear Mr. /Mrs. /Ms. (Manager’s Name)

I would like to propose my candidacy for your position of Librarian which was advertised in the website’s name Website.

I am enthusiastically applying for this position because I firmly believe that a combination of my natural ability, personality and work experience all make me an ideal candidate for this role. I possess a strong understanding of management, IT equipment and the day-to-day running of a library. In my current position as a Librarian Intern with Oak View Public Library, I have gained an insight into the different levels of library management. I have been involved in coordination of children’s library operations and customer/community service.

I consistently believe in taking challenges and exploring new, ingenious concepts to improve library efficiency. I have also worked as a Library Volunteer at Buffalo Library. Both of my previous jobs have required a high standard of customer service skills.

I pride myself on my organizational and communication abilities and look forward to continuing my career as a Librarian. I hope to discuss my eligibility for the role with you in the future.

Thanks for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Name

Address

T: Phone number

E: email address

Cover letters are the top bun, your resume is the meat patty and the thank you letter is the bottom bun. Review thank you letter writing


Library Page Cover Letter Example

(Click on the resume on the left to view how to write a resume. The template on the left is based off the resume sample)

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(Manager’s Name)

HR Manager

Company Name

Company Address

Date

Dear Mr. /Mrs. /Ms. (Manager’s Name)

I wish to be considered for your recently advertised vacancy of Library Page and have enclosed a copy of my resume.

I am a proactive and amiable student of the class of 2015 at Ashley High School and am committed towards continuous and quality professional development.

While pursuing my education, I have not only gained a strong academic record but have also been proactive in extra-curricular activities. I have served as the VP of the Thespian Society where I was instrumental in writing and directing plays for the school’s annual production. Additionally, I have also held charge of Student Government Senator and have been successful in organizing ticket sales for dances and raising $6000 over the course of the year.

Outside of my classroom, I have strengthened my professional experience by working as a Camp Counselor and Babysitter. These roles have equipped me with the exposure of working with children and instilled in me excellent time management and leadership skills.

A proficient MS Office user, I am confident that I am an apt candidate for this position and look forward to hearing from you soon.

Yours sincerely

Name

Address

T: Phone number

E: email address

Once you’ve sent off your resume and cover letter consider brushing up on your interview skills to prepare for the inevitable!

Remember, writing effective resumes and cover letters is all about tailoring the document to the specific position and company being applied to. Taking the time to write just one or two very detailed applications a day versus sending out a higher volume of inferior applications will result in more call backs and more interview opportunities.

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After being on the interviewing side of things last year, it was nice to be on the hiring side this year. I recently reviewed cover letters and resumes for a search and screen committee at my academic library. At times, I wanted to do a “cover letter intervention” (perhaps, a new reality TV show?)!

This spring, I blogged about cover letters, resumes, and interviews. Also, Jenica Rogers on her Attempting Elegance blog had a must-read post on The Torment of Terrible Cover Letters. I would also encourage anyone applying for librarian positions to look at Stephen X. Flynn’s Open Cover Letters website for ideas.

Throughout the process of reading cover letters and resumes, here is the most disconcerting thing I observed:

You write well. I can tell you are intelligent. You may even have an advanced degree beyond the MLS. But your cover letter does not address the points highlighted in the job ad. Therefore, you will not make the cut.

It’s a simple as that. For all the advice out there on tailoring your cover letter, there are plenty of applicants that do not. Don’t set yourself up for failure. Tailor your cover letter!

Cover letter & resume advice:

  • If applying via email, do not write your cover letter in the body of the email. Use attachments. Or more to the point: you should follow the directions stated in the job ad.
  • Am I the only one that doesn’t like cover letters in bullet point format? I need to asses your communication skills through your cover letter. To me, a bullet point cover letter is a cop-out. I want paragraphs!
  • In regards to paragraphs: Your cover letter should not be just one short paragraph.
  • Don’t rattle off your job duties in your cover letter. That’s what the resume is for. Instead, use the cover letter to provide examples and anecdotes that relate to the position that you are applying for:

Case in point: if you’re applying for a  children’s librarian position, your resume might list doing “story times” as one of your responsibilities. However, you could use the cover letter to highlight some sort of innovative program you did with story time. Or if you are an academic instruction librarian, your resume might list “assessment” as one of your activities. You could then use the resume to spotlight a special assessment technique you implemented with students.

  • Don’t shoot yourself in the foot by writing: “I don’t have experience in…” Instead, turn it around and explain how you have transferable or related experience.
  • Appearance: pick a standard font. I would stay away from Courier–it looks like a typewriter–and it’s 2011, folks!
  • It’s OK if the cover letter goes onto a second page (which is sometimes a no-no in the business world). I prefer this over an 9-point font cover letter with half-inch margins! But if you go over 2 pages, I tend to wonder if you have problems “getting to the point.” 🙂
  • Make sure your cover letter and resume looks “clean” in overall appearance – I’ve seen some that look like they have been scanned in and saved electronically. They can be difficult to read.
  • I know you are wonderful, amazing, etc… But I always appreciate a cover letter that addresses my library and its needs/mission. Do your homework. Look over the library website and any parent website (university, school, local government, etc…).
  • Use common sense: Do not write, “I have experience with personal computers.” You are a librarian; having experience with personal computers is UNDERSTOOD!
  • Use “action” words on your resume (e.g., designed, implemented, initiated, managed). Google it! You’re a librarian.
  • Remember: There’s a fine line between promoting your abilities and overstating your qualifications. Be careful! Overstating your qualifications will become apparent in a subsequent interview.

So what do we do with all of these cover letters and resumes? At my place of work–a state institution (and I’m sure it’s the same with most private institutions, too), we have a strict set of protocols to follow. We use an Application Review Form that lists all of the criteria that were included in the job posting. The search and screen committee then rates each cover letter/resume based on EACH of the criterion using a scale: below average – average – above average – can’t assess.

The applicants who rank the highest are the ones that make it to the next stage of the interview process. This is why it’s so vital to use your cover letter and resume to address the various points highlighted in a job ad. So what other cover letter and resume advice would you suggest? Let me know!

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