Sobhan Mohmand, Career Expert 3 Oct 2023
There aren’t many librarian jobs available so you need to have a brilliant CV to increase your chances of being shortlisted for a job interview.
Luckily, this comprehensive guide has been created to give you all the necessary information, examples, templates and tips to write your perfect librarian CV and secure this highly sought-after job. Let’s begin!
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I have enjoyed a long-running career in various libraries across the country which has led to considerable experience and expertise in librarianship. I am a dependable individual who always strives for perfection in everything I do, including the preserving and maintenance of valuable books. My calm temperament and friendly demeanour have repeatedly made me the most eligible candidate for community projects. I am also able to multi-manage several projects at once. Ultimately, I believe that my natural flair for customer service, along with my proficiency in handling both the technological and physical resources in libraries will make me a valuable employee for any library in the country.
|2009 – 2012
|BA (Hons) Hospitality Management
|The University of Wales
|2007 – 2009
Results: English: A* Maths: A Travel and Tourism: B
|South Wales College
|Mar 2013 – Present
|Chief Librarian Greenfield Library
Main duties performed:
|Dec 2012 – Mar 2013
|Librarian Greenfield Library
Main duties performed:
|Jun 2012 – Dec 2012
|Library Assistant Oldham Council
Main duties performed:
As with most librarians, my hobbies involve, first and foremost, reading books. I am also a novice writer of poetry and often participate in the group poetry readings in my local cafe every week. I also enjoy spending time with my family and friends on weekends.
The first part of your CV contains your personal details:
Next, you need to write an impressive personal profile for your librarian CV.
A personal profile, also known as a CV summary, is a short introductory statement to your CV. It informs the prospective employer about your personal qualities, characteristics, abilities and experience.
Guidelines for writing a personal profile:
I am a methodical and friendly librarian with more than 4 years of experience working in a library in various roles. I started my career as a library assistant and was promoted after six months on the job. I am currently overseeing and managing a small team of four staff at my local Newcastle West Library. My key strengths and expertise include using library IT systems, managing resources, cataloguing, training staff, providing excellent customer service and organising events for the public.
In this section, you should list some of your important achievements or accomplishments. These could be from your studies, employment or life in general.
Example of achievements:
Next, you need to write details about your previous jobs and any work experience you have previously done. You can include a variety of jobs in this section including full-time, part-time, unpaid and voluntary positions.
|April 2021 – Present
|Librarian West London Library
Main duties and responsibilities performed:
It’s time to write about your education, training and professional qualifications.
Things you could include in this section of your CV:
|BA Library and Information Management
|University of Leeds
|Grade achieved: First class honours.
|2014 – 2016
Results: English Literature (A), English (A) and Maths (B).
|New Kent College
The qualifications section of your CV should contain a list of additional qualifications that you have have gained, in addition to the qualifications mentioned in the previous section. Mostly, these are professional training qualifications.
Next, list some of your key skills, talents and abilities as they relate to the job.
There are two types of skills:
As you are applying for a librarian role, you need to list a mixture of both soft skills and hard skills because they are both essential for doing your job well.
For example, you need interpersonal skills to interact with people in the library but you also need to be able to use a computer to access and manage library systems and electronic resources.
You can add great value to your CV by including a few of your hobbies and interests that are relevant to the job.
For example, writing that you “enjoy reading books” in your free time tells the employer that you are an intelligent person with a passion for books, reading and learning. These are essential requirements for becoming a successful librarian.
The last part of your CV is the references section.
Here you need to write details of your two references, people who know you well and can vouch for you to the employer about your character, skills and abilities. They could be your former employer, manager, teacher, tutor, etc.
For each person, write the following details:
Note: The employers want to get an unbiased, professional opinion about you so do not list any of your friends or family members as your references.
You can also write “References are available upon request” if you do not wish to disclose your references at this early stage of the recruitment process.