This anonymous interview is with a job hunter who is currently employed (even if part-time or in an unrelated field), has not been hired within the last two months, and has been looking for a new position for more than 18 months. This person is looking in Academic libraries and Special libraries, at the following levels: Entry level. Here is how this person describes his or her experience with internships/volunteering:
summer shelving; summer collection management; starting catalog for community library on LibraryThing
This job hunter is in suburban area,in the Midwestern US and is willing to move to a cooler part of the midwest.
What are the top three things you’re looking for in a job?
Geography (upper Midwest and surrounding areas)
Type of library work (technical services)
Type of library (academic)
Where do you look for open positions?
RSS feeds of major joblists — ALA, CARLI, RAILS, Iowa StLib, MSP Metronet, IU-Bloomington, LisJobs.com
Pages with several listings
University/UL HR pages
Autocat, ACL listservs
Do you expect to see salary range listed in a job ad?
√ No (even if I might think it *should* be)
What’s your routine for preparing an application packet? How much time do you spend on it?
Find and read the announcement
Research the area
Swear at the PeopleSoft system that only does what it thinks and not what I think
Create cover letter, tweak resume
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?
√ Phone for good news, email for bad news
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
√ Being able to present
What do you think employers should do to get the best candidates to apply?
advertise in several places
What should employers do to make the hiring process less painful?
Indicate if there is a favorite son/internal candidate that they are writing the position for
What do you think is the secret to getting hired?
I don’t know… I don’t seem to have it
This survey was co-authored by Naomi House from I Need A Library Job – Do you need one? Check it out!