This interview is with Sarah Deringer, a graduate student at the University of Kentucky. She is concentrated on Children’s and Young Adult Literature and is earning an MSLS with School Media Specialist certificate. Ms. Deringer graduated from Murray State University in 2011 with a Bachelor’s degree in English and a focus on Secondary Education. She is a student member of ALA, and has served as an intern and a part-time library aide at Paoli Public Library in Paoli, Indiana. She has this to say about internships/volunteering:
I’ve had internships during the summer at the same local public library. I learned about InterLibrary loan, copy-cataloging, and other library skills. I was working part-time for them from June 2011 until a couple of days ago; they had to let me go because of low funding.
I also volunteer at my church’s library to help put books away and catalog books and media.
Ms. Deringer has been looking for a new position for Less than six months, in Public and School libraries, at the following levels: Entry level and Requiring at least two years of experience. She is in a rural area in the Midwestern US, and is willing to move anywhere.
Ms. Deringer enjoys connecting with others through social media. Connect with Sarah via Twitter and LinkedIn.
What are the top three things you’re looking for in a job?
- continuing education, skill development, and making a difference
- connecting with other professionals
- money to make ends meet
Where do you look for open positions?
Do you expect to see salary range listed in a job ad?
√ Yes, and it’s a red flag when it’s not
What’s your routine for preparing an application packet? How much time do you spend on it?
2. Cover Letter
4. Any other paperwork that they require
- I usually spend 1 to 2 hours working on it and making sure that every part is right before I send it.
Have you ever stretched the truth, exaggerated, or lied on your resume, or at some other point during the hiring process?
When would you like employers to contact you?
√ To acknowledge my application
√ To tell me if I have or have not been selected to move on to the interview stage
√ To follow-up after an interview
√ Once the position has been filled, even if it’s not me
How do you prefer to communicate with potential employers?
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
√ Meeting department members/potential co-workers
√ Meeting with HR to talk about benefits/salary
What do you think employers should do to get the best candidates to apply?
They should make sure the requirements are clearly stated and post the job opening on as many websites and other media as possible.
What should employers do to make the hiring process less painful?
Smile. It makes everything less threatening. Make sure that the candidate knows that you really want them to apply, so that the candidate doesn’t feel like just another thing that the employer has to deal with.
What do you think is the secret to getting hired?
I think the secret to getting hired is having enthusiasm and passion about the job / company / field. Also, it’s important to be able to connect with the employer and / or interviewer.
This survey was co-authored by Naomi House from I Need A Library Job – Do you need one? Check it out!