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 less than six months. This person is looking in academic libraries for positions requiring at least two years of experience.
This job hunter is in an urban area, in the Midwestern US and is willing to move to certain locations
What are the top three things you’re looking for in a job?
Type of Library (public or private, small or big)
Type of Duties
Where do you look for open positions?
ALA Joblist, professional listservs, individual institutions
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?
Depends on the job, but usually about a week
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?
List the salary and a detailed description of the job. The description of the institution is way less important since that can be looked up online. Listing more clearly the requirements and the preferred qualifications so that the candidate knows if they have a shot at getting the job.
What should employers do to make the hiring process less painful?
Not take so long.
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This survey was co-authored by Naomi House from I Need A Library Job – Do you need one? Check it out!