If you don’t know anyone, you probably won’t get hired.

PhC42.Bx17.Hunting.F13This 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 libraries, at the following levels: entry level, requiring at least two years of experience. Here is this person’s experience with internships/volunteering:

Two internships, each at least a year long, with experience in archives, records management and even some office work

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?

Location, experience, pay

Where do you look for open positions?

LinkedIN, INALJ, ALA Joblist, Craigslist, CareerBuilder

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?

Cover letter, make sure resume is updated, reference list. Depends, usually about an hour on a cover letter

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
√ 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

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

Give people an opportunity to better explain themselves, reach out to recent graduates through schools and invite them to apply

What do you think is the secret to getting hired?

It’s all who you know. If you don’t know anyone, you probably won’t get hired.

Are you hunting for a new LIS job? Take the survey! http://tinyurl.com/hiringlibJOBHUNTERsurvey

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

1 Comment

Filed under Job hunter's survey, Suburban area, Western US

One response to “If you don’t know anyone, you probably won’t get hired.

  1. “It’s all who you know. If you don’t know anyone, you probably won’t get hired.”

    And even if you do know everyone at the agency, you’ve still gotta remember to know the people in the HR department best, otherwise your resume is not getting through. That’s happened to me twice now.

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