Hello Friends, Family, and Those Who Cannot Be Named,
(This is the webinar)
Remember Megan Hodge and Nicole Spoor, who wrote a guest post based on their research into library hiring? They are co-presenting a LLAMA webinar entitled:
How to succeed in an entry-level librarian interview: Research and experience-based tips.
It takes place on Wednesday, July 25th from 1:30-3:00PM CDT. You can register here. It’s FREE, and sounds like a great opportunity to learn more about their work, as well as get some tips and insight.
(This is the announcement)
I now have four jobs. I know, I know, I shouldn’t try to take ALL the jobs; I should leave some for everyone else. But you see one job is temporary and will end in August,and the others are on-call positions at public libraries near me. So together they kind of make one job, but without those pesky benefits.
I’m telling you this for two reasons:
2) To publicize my Facebook group for on-call librarians. If you are an on-call, hourly, pool, temporary part time, or othersuch librarian, or if you know one, or if you’ve hired one, or if you’re a student who thinks she might be working in this kind of position when she gets out, please join us and forward the link to anyone who might be interested: http://www.facebook.com/groups/librarianpool/
One of the things we’re working on is a collaborative document with all the different questions to ask when you get to a new library.
(this is the hopefully not too ranty rant)
This is not an advice blog. Granted, a lot of the interviewees do give you advice. But really, what do you know about them? Most of them are anonymous. I don’t even know who most of them are – not even an IP address. Don’t ever take an individual interview as gospel. It’s just some person, some random person, who hopefully wasn’t lying when they filled out the survey.
This blog isn’t about telling you what you should or shouldn’t do while applying for jobs. This blog is to give you more information when you make your own decisions about how you will conduct your job search and yourself. Perhaps that’s a silly distinction, I don’t know. To me it’s different.
Library hiring managers/committees/etc. are a group of real, flawed people, who have all kinds of strange and varied opinions, but who also share a few common and perhaps not particularly describable or enumerable values. I hope this blog helps to illuminate that.
I have heard people express frustration that they are not getting a consistent message here. But really, there just isn’t one, because this is not an advice blog. It’s just the opinions of a bunch of different people. Yesterday I posted an interview from someone who said their hiring process moved faster and “those who apply quickly get more consideration.” Contrast that with “First Reponders That Don’t Personalize Appear Needy Not Qualified.” @katecythr pointed out that while Tuesday’s survey told us “The Cover Letter is the Most Important Document. It May be the Only Thing I Read“, a survey last month said not to bother with the cover letter because the interviewee only wanted to look at resumes. Opinions. Everyone has them.
If you’ve found more opposites, let me know. Maybe I’ll do a post of dueling interviews.
I actually find these inconsistancies encouraging. You can be yourself and still find work. The real bonus to the variation in approaches to library hiring is that somewhere out there you could probably find your perfect library job soul mate, and your perfect library job soul mate will think the same sorts of things are important in hiring and like you just as you are, just as long as you have had a shower somewhat recently.
Finally, I really want to encourage dialogue. But sometimes I have trouble with how angry people get in the comments. Which I guess happens on any blog, but it makes me feel a bit defensive on behalf of the people who have done the interviews. They’ve taken time out from their work to help me as a blogger and us as job hunters. I sometimes think about just deleting those comments, but ultimately I’ve approved all of them. I know it’s frustrating to job hunt but you’re making me uncomfortable.
That uncomfortableness is my own fault though I think, for having soft, feeling insides. I don’t want you to stop expressing your frustrations. Job hunting sucks, dudes.
/end rant. Thanks for your indulgence. If you want to discuss anything in the comments, please do feel free. It helps me be a better person.