This anonymous interview is with a job hunter who is currently employed (even if part-time or in an unrelated field), has been hired within the last two months, and has been looking for a new position for a year to 18 months. This person is looking in academic, corporate, and public libraries archives, and library vendors/service providers, at the following levels: entry level, requiring at least two years of experience, and supervisory, Here is this person’s experience with internships/volunteering:
During Grad school I did an internship at a university archive processing collections and a digitization internship at the main public library. I worked in the library on campus at the main circulation desk assisting patrons. Since then I have been volunteering at a local historical society doing processing, data entry, and reference.
This job hunter is in an suburban area in the Midwestern US and is willing to move anywhere.
What are the top three things you’re looking for in a job?
Honestly, I look for something that will interest me (I do not want to spend time working at a job that I will hate). It also has to pay a livable salary and allow for professional development.
Where do you look for open positions?
ALA Joblist, LibGig, SAA Career Center, HigherEd Jobs, Simply Hired, Monster, Career Builder, professional Listervs, Linkedin
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 spend a few hours on each application. Most of the time is spent working on the cover letter, any changes I may need to make to my resume, and some basic research about the employer.
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
√ Meeting with HR to talk about benefits/salary
What should employers do to make the hiring process less painful?
Honestly, some courtesy from the employer would make the entire process more bearable. It is mainly the lack of communication that is frustrating. A simple email would work in most cases.
What do you think is the secret to getting hired?
I don’t think there is one.
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