Salary, security, schedule.

PhC42.Bx17.Hunting.F12-1This anonymous interview is with a job hunter who is currently employed (even if part-time or in an unrelated field), has 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, archives, library vendors/service providers, public, school, and special libraries, at the following levels: entry level and requiring at least two years of experience.

This job hunter is in a suburban area, in the Southern US and is willing to move anywhere.

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

-Salary
-Security
-Schedule

Where do you look for open positions?

ALA Joblist, LinkedIn

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?

3 hours

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

How do you prefer to communicate with potential employers?

√ Phone

Which events during the interview/visit are most important to your assessment of the position (i.e. deciding if you want the job)?

√ Meeting with HR to talk about benefits/salary

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

Look at their experience.

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

E-mail prospective employees.

What do you think is the secret to getting hired?

Standing out on your CV and cover letter.

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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