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 more than 18 months. This person is looking in Academic libraries, at the following levels: Requiring at least two years of experience, Supervisory, and Branch Manager. This job hunter is in an urban area in the Western US, and is not willing to move.
What are the top three things you’re looking for in a job?
Rewarding job description
Where do you look for open positions?
Everywhere, ALA, INALJ, Craigslist, AALLnet, CLA, Glassdoor
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?
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)?
√ Meeting department members/potential co-workers
What do you think employers should do to get the best candidates to apply?
I think that the best candidates do apply, but we’re often passed on b/c too many people are applying and we get lost in the pile. It’s frustrating hearing that 100+ applications are coming in for jobs. The job descriptions should be more specific about what they’re looking for.
What should employers do to make the hiring process less painful?
Employers should take less than 6+ months to get back to me. I got a call back on a job I applied for almost 8 months ago, I can’t even remember what it was.
What do you think is the secret to getting hired?
I honestly have no idea. I have a great job now, I make great money, I have presented, I have a doctorate, and yet, I still can’t even get my foot in the door anywhere. It’s frustrating and really makes me want to keep climbing the corporate ladder rather than working in an academic library.
This survey was co-authored by Naomi House from I Need A Library Job – Do you need one? Check it out!