How to Write a Librarian CV

Friday, October 9, 2020
How to write a librarian CV

The competition for librarian jobs continues to be tough with budgets being squeezed left, right and centre. This makes having a CV that stands you out even more important. You only have one opportunity for your CV to work it’s magic – so you need to be confident that it is working as hard as it can every time you apply for a role.

Tailor your CV for every job

Job seekers often get frustrated when using one CV to apply for multiple roles and then failing to hear back from any of them. This scatter gun approach is not effective. A much better strategy is to spend more time on fewer applications and align your CV to the requirements of each job applied for. Even though you may be applying for roles with similar job titles, the requirements are often different. Read the job description and person specification and use these are your reference.

Keep your librarian CV to two pages

It may be that you never want your favourite books to end, but that is not the case with your CV. All the research shows that less than 30 seconds is spent on average reading a CV. There is little point then including pages of detail. Giving yourself a two page format encourages you to think carefully about what to include, but more importantly what can be left out. Focus on the most recent years of your career and use as few words as possible to make your points. Aim for 750 words in a two page format.

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