This anonymous interview is with a job hunter who is not currently employed, 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, Archives, Library vendors/service providers, Public libraries, and Special libraries, at the entry level. Here is how this person describes his or her experience with internships/volunteering:
No library experience, three years cataloging in museums.
This job hunter is in an urban area in the Northeastern US and is willing to move.
What are the top three things you’re looking for in a job?
Decent pay and benefits,
Allow me to develop my skills and talents,
Location in the NE USA
Where do you look for open positions?
INALJ, Google reader feed of 20 or so job posting boards.
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?
Write a tailored cover letter. About a half hour.
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
What do you think employers should do to get the best candidates to apply?
List salary. Be open to people who don’t meet every requirement or whose experience is in other fields but has easily transferable skills.
What should employers do to make the hiring process less painful?
Not require an application that is identical to what goes on a resume.
What do you think is the secret to getting hired?
It’s who you know.
This survey was co-authored by Naomi House from I Need A Library Job – Do you need one? Check it out!