Make it about attraction rather than promotion

PhC42.Bx17.Hunting.F12-3This anonymous interview is with a job hunter who has not 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, archives, library vendors/service providers, public, science museums, and special libraries, at the following levels: entry level, requiring at least two years of experience. Here is this person’s experience with internships/volunteering:

I’ve done a bit of non-library volunteering related to natural history. I would love to work at a science museum, so I volunteered at one for a few months after graduation. I got to do database and GIS work on avian collections, and I learned a lot from the experience.

This job hunter is in a suburban area in the Western US.

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

Relevance to my skill set, institution type, and hours.

Where do you look for open positions?

INALJ, ALA Joblist, @LibraryPosition, @libgig_jobs, and several local academic/municipal job boards.

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?

Bookmark the job posting and keep that page open as I work on the cover letter. I have two standard resumes, one for libraries and one for non-library research institutions, which I customize them for certain jobs.

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 tell me if I have or have not been selected to move on to the interview stage
√ To follow-up after an interview

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)?

√ Meeting department members/potential co-workers

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

Make it about attraction rather than promotion. It’s only about the job posting to a certain point. Create the kind of workplace that people will want to be a part of, and nurture your current employees through professional development.

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

Be more communicative about your chances; offer feedback.

What do you think is the secret to getting hired?

Networking, some luck, and a current skill set.

Are you hunting for a new LIS job? Take the survey!

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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