Livable Location, Entry Level

Shooting PartyThis anonymous interview is with a job hunter who is currently employed (even if part-time or in an unrelated field).  This person is looking in Academic libraries, at the entry level. This person describes his or her experience with internships/volunteering as:

Community college

This job hunter is in an urban area of the Western US, and is willing to move:

to places my spouse will live.

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

Reference and instruction position
Livable location
Entry level

Where do you look for open positions?

RSS feeds
Listserv
INALJ

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?

Two hours minimum

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

√ No

When would you like employers to contact you?

√ To tell me if I have or have not been selected to move on to the interview stage

How do you prefer to communicate with potential employers?

√ Email

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

√ Being able to present

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

Thorough job descriptions

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

Be more communicative.

What do you think is the secret to getting hired?

Knowing the right people

This survey was co-authored by Naomi House from I Need A Library Job – Do you need one? Check it out!

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