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Using the MLA Résumé and Cover Letter Review Service
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Any member who wishes to utilize the virtual service should send an e-mail with attached cover letter, résumé/CV, and job advertisement(s) for which s/he is applying to the current RCLRS Coordinator, Terra Merkey. The coordinator will forward the applicant’s materials to an available reviewer. The reviewer will contact the applicant, by email or telephone, with comments and suggestions. See the guidelines below for details on the roles of reviewer and reviewee.

In-person consultations are also available at each MLA Annual Conference. Details about this service will appear in the Conference mailing and under this link in early December.

Guidelines for Reviewers and Reviewees:

(updated April 10, 2013)
  • The Résumé & Cover Letter Review Service is sponsored by the Career Development and Services Committee of the Music Library Association and is offered on a voluntary basis by members of the Music Library Association who are experienced in administration and/or serving on library search committees. The service is available for use by the national Music Library Association members and/or members of the MLA’s affiliate chapters.
  • Reviewers seek to provide guidance in the formulation and development of cover letters and résumés to both experienced music librarians and novices just entering the field.
  • Reviews may be conducted in person at national MLA meetings or via email or telephone during the year. As a rule, thirty (30) minutes are allotted for face-to-face consultations. More time may be taken via e-mail or telephone at the discretion of both the reviewer and reviewee.
  • Reviewers will offer rewording and reformatting suggestions, but reviewers will not rewrite application materials for the reviewees.
  • It is strongly recommended that the reviewee submit only one set of application materials per review. In some (special) cases, reviewers may work with a reviewee on multiple job applications, but the decision to do this should be made at the beginning of the review process and will be at the discretion of the reviewer.
  • It is not appropriate to ask for more than one reviewer to look at the same documents.
  • Reviewees may request no more than one review every six months.
  • If reviewees have additional job application or career questions, they are encouraged to make use of the Career Advisory Service.
  • All reviews, whether virtual or in person, are held in the strictest confidence.

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