They should be very clear in their requirements and what they are willing to be flexible on

This anonymous interview is with a job hunter who is currently employed (even if part-time or in an unrelated field), and has been looking for a new position for more than 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. Here is this person’s experience with internships/volunteering:

NMAH archives center, local historical society, Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

This job hunter is in an urban area in the Northeastern US and is willing to move anywhere.

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

Interesting work relevant to my degree, decent salary, full time position

Where do you look for open positions?

Inalj, professional listservs, ArchivesGig, and I also check university, library and government websites a few times a week.

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 usually carefully read the job description and determine whether I have the right qualifications to apply. On some applications, I spend an hour or two, others four or five hours, sometimes I come back to it another day.

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 interviewers about daily work

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

They should be very clear in their requirements and what they are willing to be flexible on. Other than that, making sure their position is well advertised.

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

Keep the applicants informed of the hiring process. I always appreciate this, even if it’s an automated email.

What do you think is the secret to getting hired?

Continuing to apply for jobs even when you get rejected over and over. That is the hardest part. Also, getting to know people in the field.

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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