Stats and Graphs: 428 Job hunters

It’s Staturday!

Last time we checked in, on January 19, 2013, we had responses from 360 job hunters. 

daily responses

This Staturday, we’re looking at 428 responses, collected beginning on the survey’s launch, 12/27/2013, through 11/30/2013.

 The survey is still open, and if you’re looking for work, you can take it here:

I’m also in the middle of doing follow-up interviews.  If you’re interested, email me at hiringlibrarians at gmail.  

And now for the…


(Please again forgive the cut off labels on the charts – this is how Google forms deals with verbosity)

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


salary range
Yes, and it’s a red flag when it’s not 175   41%
Only for certain kinds of employers 56   13%
No (even if I might think it *should* be) 146   34%
Other 51   12%

Have you ever stretched the truth, exaggerated, or lied on your resume, or at some other point during the hiring process?


Yes 47   11%
No 329   77%
Other 52   12%

When would you like employers to contact you?

contact method

To acknowledge my application 312   73%
To tell me if I have or have not been selected to move on to the interview stage 384   90%
To follow-up after an interview 280   66%
Once the position has been filled, even if it’s not me 377   88%
Other 54    13%

How do you prefer to communicate with potential employers?


communicate method
Phone 41   10%
Email 183   43%
Mail 1    0%
Phone for good news, email for bad news 167   39%
Other 36   8%

Which events during the interview/visit are most important to your assessment of the position (i.e. deciding if you want the job)?

important events


Tour of facility 287   69%
Being taken out to meal 13    3%
Meeting department members/potential co-workers 384   92%
Meeting with HR to talk about benefits/salary 155   37%
Being able to present 55   13%
Other 93   22%


People may select more than one checkbox, so percentages may add up to more than 100%.


Are you currently employed, even if part time or in an unrelated field?

currently employed
Yes 344   80%
No 82   19%
Have you been hired in the last two months, even if part time or in an unrelated field?


hired in the last two months
Yes 106   25%
No 316   74%

How long have you been job hunting (or if recently hired, how long did you look before that)?


length of hunt
Less than six months 123   29%
Six months to a year 117   27%
A year to 18 months 69   16%
More than 18 months 115   27%

What type(s) of organization are you looking in?


org types


Academic library 350   82%
Archives 147   35%
Library vendor/service provider 130   31%
Public library 284   67%
School library 80   19%
Special library 238   56%
Other 101   24%
People may select more than one checkbox, so percentages may add up to more than 100%.
What position level are you looking for?


position level
Entry level 286   67%
Requiring at least two years of experience 246   58%
Supervisory 104   24%
Department Head 57   13%
Senior Librarian 69   16%
Branch Manager 43   10%
Director/Dean 26    6%
Other 40    9%
People may select more than one checkbox, so percentages may add up to more than 100%.
Where are you?


Australia/New Zealand 0    0%
Canada 11    3%
Midwestern US 121   28%
Northeastern US 125   29%
Southern US 82   19%
UK 1    0%
Western US 77   18%
Other 11    3%

Where are you? 


Urban area 150   35%
City/Town 133   31%
Suburban area 97   23%
Rural area 43   10%
Other 5    1%
Are you willing/able to move for employment?


 willing to move

No 120   28%
Yes, anywhere 161   38%
Other 147   34%


This survey was co-written by Naomi House, of I Need A Library Job.  If you’re job hunting, INALJ is a wealth of information and it has job ads up the wazoo.  

If you have questions, comments or concerns, we’d love to hear them.

You can either comment below, or email hiringlibrariansATgmail.



Filed under Job hunter's survey, Stats and Graphs

35 responses to “Stats and Graphs: 428 Job hunters

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