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 six months to a year. This person is looking in academic libraries at the following levels: Entry level and requiring at least two years of experience. Here is this person’s experience with internships/volunteering:
Several internships and part-time positions in an academic library while in school.
This job hunter is in an urban area in the Midwestern US and is not willing to move.
What are the top three things you’re looking for in a job?
In an academic library
Instruction as a big part of the job
Opportunity to take on a project or initiative
Where do you look for open positions?
Weekly, I checked: the HR and/or library web pages of local colleges, universities, and community colleges;sites like Indeed and other general consolidators; and library job consolidation sites like ALA and RAILS
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 put A LOT of time into cover letters, chose my references based on the position or institution, and made some changes to my resume, but not many.
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
√ Being able to present
What do you think employers should do to get the best candidates to apply?
Offer fair salaries and challenging work, even for entry-level jobs that require an MLS.
What should employers do to make the hiring process less painful?
Be efficient and straight forward, and communicate. A form email is fine, but some kind of communication is necessary.
What do you think is the secret to getting hired?
Persistence,flexibility, professionalism, being in the right place at the right time.
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