I was recently hired through a head hunter so I did not have to do this

Hunting guide Mr. Brown with wild turkeys near Green Swamp, FloridaThis anonymous person completed this survey on January 4, 2013. At the time, she was currently employed, had been hired within the last two months, and had been looking for a new position for less than six months. This person looked in Special libraries, for a senior librarian position. This job hunter was in an urban area in the Northeastern US, and was not willing to move.

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

Job security, salary, compatibility

Where do you look for open positions?

Professional associations, word of mouth

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

√ Only for certain kinds of employers

What’s your routine for preparing an application packet? How much time do you spend on it?

I was recently hired through a head hunter so I did not have to do this

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?

To acknowledge my application
√ To follow-up after an interview

How do you prefer to communicate with potential employers?

√ Email

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 should employers do to make the hiring process less painful?

Communicate as much as possible

What do you think is the secret to getting hired?

Being personable

Do you have any comments, or are there any other questions you think we should add to this survey?

You didn’t address head hunters?

This survey was co-authored by Naomi House from I Need A Library Job – Do you need one? Check it out!



Filed under Job hunter's survey, Northeastern US, Special, Urban area

3 responses to “I was recently hired through a head hunter so I did not have to do this

  1. T

    I honestly had no idea that people in libraryland were still being hired via headhunters. I’m curious, are there any stats on that? Is that for only seasoned professionals? (I am a newbie to the field.) This would make for an interesting blog post on your site.


  2. Pingback: About a Decade Later: Anonymous Job Hunter 1 | Hiring Librarians

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