Stats and Graphs: 103 Job Hunters

Hey have you seen the new survey?

Co-written by Naomi House from I Need A Library Job, this is designed to open up employer/job hunter communication in the other direction. We’re hoping for honesty tempered with civility, but it’s hard not to call it “Job Hunter’s Revenge.”

Anyway, 103 people have responded already!  The first anonymized response will go up in about five minutes, but to launch the presentation of this new survey, here are these initial:


(Please again forgive the cut off labels on the charts – this is how Google forms deals with verbosity)

Do you expect to see salary range listed in a job ad?


Yes, and it’s a red flag when it’s not    48    47%
Only for certain kinds of employers     8     8%
No (even if I might think it *should* be)    32    31%
Other    15    15%

Have you ever stretched the truth, exaggerated, or lied on your resume, or at some other point during the hiring process?


Yes        16      16%
No        77      75%
Other        10      10%

When would you like employers to contact you?


To acknowledge my application   70   68%
To tell me if I have or have not been selected tomove on to the interview stage   92   89%
To follow-up after an interview   73   71%
Once the position has been filled, even if it’s not me   95   92%
Other    9    9%
People may select more than one checkbox, so percentages may add up to more than 100%.

How do you prefer to communicate with potential employers?

Phone      6    6%
Email    47   46%
Mail      0    0%
Phone for good news, email for bad news    41   40%
Other      9    9%

Which events during the interview/visit are most important to your assessment of the position (i.e. deciding if you want the job)?


Tour of facility   67   68%
Being taken out to meal    2     2%
Meeting department members/potential co-workers   89   90%
Meeting with HR to talk about benefits/salary   32   32%
Being able to present   15   15%
Other   29   29%
People may select more than one checkbox, so percentages may add up to more than 100%.



Are you currently employed, even if part time or in an unrelated field?

06_currently employed

Yes         80     78%
No         21     20%

Have you been hired in the last two months, even if part time or in an unrelated field?

07_recently hired

Yes      26     25%
No      76     74%

How long have you been job hunting (or if recently hired, how long did you look before that)?

08_Time looking

Less than six months     26    25%
Six months to a year     29    28%
A year to 18 months     19    18%
More than 18 months     28    27%

What type(s) of organization are you looking in?


Academic library    86   84%
Archives    47   46%
Library vendor/service provider    29   28%
Public library    77   75%
School library    23   23%
Special library    63   62%
Other    26   25%
People may select more than one checkbox, so percentages may add up to more than 100%.

What position level are you looking for?


Entry level   79   77%
Requiring at least two years of experience   64   63%
Supervisory   23   23%
Department Head   12   12%
Senior Librarian   17   17%
Branch Manager   13   13%
Director/Dean    8    8%
Other    9    9%
People may select more than one checkbox, so percentages may add up to more than 100%.

Where are you?


Australia/New Zealand       0     0%
Canada       2     2%
Midwestern US     26    25%
Northeastern US     28    27%
Southern US     27    26%
UK       0     0%
Western US     18    17%
Other       2     2%

Where are you?


Urban area     38    37%
City/Town     32    31%
Suburban area     21    20%
Rural area     12    12%
Other       0      0%

Are you willing/able to move for employment?


No    31      30%
Yes, anywhere    43     42%
Other    29     28%

Would you like to include a short bio with your answers?


No     73     71%
Yes     27     26%
Other      3       3%

Number of daily responses



So that’s the wrap up of statistics so far!  We’ve got some great open-answer questions too:

What are the top three things you’re looking for in a job?

Where do you look for open positions?

What’s your routine for preparing an application packet? How much time do you spend on it?

What do you think employers should do to get the best candidates to apply?

What should employers do to make the hiring process less painful?

What do you think is the secret to getting hired?

Do you have any comments, or are there any other questions you think we should add to this survey?

If you’re looking, and haven’t taken the survey yet, please do!  If you’ve got friends, please share the link:

Finally, if you have questions, comments or concerns, we’d love to hear them.

You can either comment below, or email hiringlibrariansATgmail.

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  1. Pingback: Job Hunters Respond! | INALJ (I Need a Library Job)

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