Career-enhancing Job Duties

D.B. MacMillan (LOC)
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, Archives, Library vendors/service providers, Public libraries, School libraries, and Special libraries, at the following levels: Entry level and requiring at least two years of experience. This new grad/entry level applicant describes his or her internship/volunteering experience as:

20 months of volunteer/ internship in archives and libraries

S/He is in a city/town in the Midwestern US and is willing to move anywhere.

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

1. Enough pay to live on as a single earner
2. Benefits
3. Career-enhancing job duties

Where do you look for open positions?

Twitter feeds, LinkedIn, Professional listservs, Professional Association websites, Monster

Do you expect to see salary range listed in a job ad?

√ Other: No, and it’s a red flag when it’s not

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?

√ 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

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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Filed under Academic, Archives, City/town, Job hunter's survey, Midwestern US, Other Organization or Library Type, Public, School, Special

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