Speed things up!

Rabbit hunting on the Otago Central Railway, ca 1900This 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 less than six months.. This person is looking in academic, public, and special libraries, at the following levels: supervisory, department head, senior librarian, and branch manager.

This job hunter is in a city/town in the Southern US and is willing to move

to a specific place.

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

Location (I am relocating to specific place), pay, if it is a slightly new direction/more within my interests.

Where do you look for open positions?

ALA Joblist, State’s association job list, INALJ, Individual institutions, SLA Jobline.

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?

It depends on the type of library, but usually about and hour.

Have you ever stretched the truth, exaggerated, or lied on your resume, or at some other point during the hiring process?

√ Yes

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
√ 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)?

√ Meeting department members/potential co-workers

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

Speed things up!

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!

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