Don’t advertise for the position everywhere

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, public, and special libraries, at the following levels: entry level, requiring at least two years of experience.

This job hunter is in a suburban area in the Western US and is willing to move, but not anywhere.

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

  1. Satisfying, fulfilling work that contributes to the organization.
  2. Co-workers, boss that I get along with and who I fit in with.
  3. Pay and location are always important, but I’ve been unemployed so long that I am now very flexible in these areas, so I would have to say a location that is not more than one hour commute from my home.

Where do you look for open positions?

ArchivesGig, INALJ, UCLA Library School online job board,, Craigslist, LinkedIn, Libgig,, Trak Records and Library, SLA, LAC Group.

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

√ Other: Only for certain kinds of employers

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

I spend at least an hour and a half tweaking my resume to fit the job I am applying for and writing a cover letter. I will also probably research the job or organization as much as possible so that I can better address the hiring personnel.

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?

√ Email

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

Don’t advertise for the position everywhere. If you do you are likely to get applications from unqualified people. Limit ad to specific job boards, or association sites.

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

Not make you wait around forever waiting to hear back from them about an application, after an interview, etc.

What do you think is the secret to getting hired?

Being confident and honest. Only applying to jobs where you would be a good fit for the organization.

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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