Being in the right place at the right time.

OP_82 US Cavalry Hunting for Illicit Stills in SC 1870This 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 and public libraries, at the following levels: entry level. Here is this person’s experience with internships/volunteering:

I was unable to intern or volunteer during library school, but have been volunteering after graduation.

This job hunter is in an city/town in the Western US and is not willing to move.

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

1. Professional-level work in an area that I am good at (public services, for example)
2. Good work conditions (decent pay and hours)
3. Location

Where do you look for open positions?

I Need a Library Job, websites of libraries I’m interested in

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

√ No (even if I might think it *should* be)

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

I try to make sure the position is something that I could see myself contributing in for a while. I spend at least half an hour writing a tailored cover letter. I spend perhaps half an hour making sure my resume is tailored to highlight relevant experience.

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 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?

√ Phone for good news, email for bad news

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
√ Other: Asking questions of the committee

What do you think employers should do to get the best candidates to apply?

Wherever possible, make applying simple. An emailed cover letter and resume is easy for the applicant – both to initially apply and to make sure the tone is consistent. Automated systems can be a huge pain, especially when there are required fields for jobs years and years back.

What should employers do to make the hiring process less painful?

Communicate as much as you can. I don’t mind getting an email saying the process moved ahead without me. It’s very hard to get incredibly excited about a position and hear nothing for months, if ever.

What do you think is the secret to getting hired?

Being in the right place at the right time.

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

Thanks for this survey!

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

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