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, Archives, Library vendors/service providers, Public libraries, School libraries, and Special libraries, at the entry level. This new grad/entry level applicant has the following internship/volunteering experience:
2009 graduate with MLIS, volunteer, intern, page, library assistant
This job hunter is in a city/town in the Western US, and is willing to move anywhere.
What are the top three things you’re looking for in a job?
Any job as a librarian in any library anywhere in the world.
Where do you look for open positions?
ALA joblist, INALJ, libgig, monster, jobing, facebook, twitter, newspapers, listserves, ct library consortium, azla website, google, city websites, town websites, school websites, everywhere
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?
I update and tweak my resume, make a list of what they are asking for in the job posting and match these bullets to things in my resume. I spend at least an hour on each one, not that it makes any difference.
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
√ Meeting with HR to talk about benefits/salary
What do you think employers should do to get the best candidates to apply?
Offer a fair salary, offer them room to innovate
What should employers do to make the hiring process less painful?
Be upfront with those they have in for interviews. Often employers seem to have a candidate that they want to hire but legally had to interview external people.
What do you think is the secret to getting hired?
I wish I knew
This survey was co-authored by Naomi House from I Need A Library Job – Do you need one? Check it out!